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A Fans Thoughts: (Briefly) Appreciating Peter Gammons

During a time of the year when the BBWAA is being attacked, and the Hall of Fame voting process is under intense scrutiny (by myself included), I think it is necessary to step back and acknowledge the good that comes from it. I, along with many others to be certain, heard what is maybe the most refreshing thing anyone in sports will say all year. Peter Gammons, who is already widely respected by pretty much everyone in the industry, went on MLB Network the other day to discuss his ballot (I don't remember what program it was, and cannot find the link to it). He gave his list of 10 players; Maddux, Mussina, Thomas, Glavine, Biggio, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, Bagwell, and Trammell. All ten guys he checked off on have very strong cases for induction and are worthy of such an honor in my opinion as well. Obviously, you could quibble about his lack of support of the PED guys, but other than that, this ballot is terrific. But that isn't what was so refreshing. It was that Gammons had voted for Morris in the past. But he didn't this year, and it wasn't because he didn't have room. He came out and said on live television that he was wrong in the past about Morris. And in an era when writers are giving bogus arguments as to why they vote a certain way, or are stubbornly saying "well I saw him" as writers tend to do, Gammons is progressive. He is not of age that would suggest an embracing of Sabermetrics, rather one that would rely mostly on his eyes and what he thinks he saw years ago. Instead, he has opened his mind the allow himself and his ideals to evolve with the new wave of information that is allowing for better analysis.

Gammons has gone out of his way to be the best writer and voter he can be. Assuredly, he is one of very few willing to accept that the way things used to be done isn't necessarily the best way. And for that, I think it is important to be appreciative of the career he has put together and realize that we are fortunate to have him doing so much good for the sport.



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