Dodgers beat reporter Ken Gurnick is all kinds of awful for leaving Greg Maddux off his Hall of Fame ballot, ruining Maddux’s chance of becoming the first unanimous Hall of Famer in history. Some may be surprised at Gurnick’s decision, but not Chipper Jones. Chipper totally saw this coming.
David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeted about Chipper’s prediction:
Chipper Jones on ex-#Brave Maddux: “Some dumb (bleep) will probably leave him off the ballot because no one else has been a unanimous pick.”
— David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) January 7, 2014
So in essence, Chipper Jones has called Ken Gurnick a “dumb bleep.” Look out Ken, Chipper is tearing off his BBQ bib and coming for you. Chipper Hulk!
Before we join Chipper on the Outrage Train, let’s calmly consider Gurnick’s rationale for leaving Greg Maddux off his ballot. Okay actually Gurnick left EVERYONE off his ballot. Except…Jack Morris.
Yeah, Gurnick handed in a one-name ballot. Jack Morris. Here’s why:
Morris has flaws — a 3.90 ERA, for example. But he gets my vote for more than a decade of ace performance that included three 20-win seasons, Cy Young Award votes in seven seasons and Most Valuable Players votes in five. As for those who played during the period of PED use, I won’t vote for any of them.
Jack Morris at least knows he has Ken Gurnick out there swinging away for him, taking on the Chipper Joneses and Rob Neyers of the world, risking it all to right the injustice of a Jack Morris-less Hall of Fame.
And screwing Greg Maddux out of a basically meaningless distinction in the process.
Sharpen your blades, bloggers who are just jealous because you don’t have a Hall of Fame vote. This Gurnick guy needs to be put in his place.