Dear Stupid (and you people who didn’t give Greg Maddux a Hall of Fame vote know who you are):
Hall of Fame voters can write in a maximum of 10 names on their ballots. Sixteen of them didn’t feel the need to put Greg Maddux on any of the 10 lines. Seriously?
You mean some voters found 10 players more worthy than a guy who won 355 games in the meat of the steroid era while looking like an accountant?
You mean some voters determined that four Cy Young Awards and four ERA titles wasn’t worth even a 10th-place scribble?
From 1989 through 2002, Maddux posted a 2.65 ERA and averaged 18 wins. From 1992 through 2003 -- as roided-up as baseball could be -- Maddux was even better, posting a 2.59 ERA and winning all those Cy Youngs and ERA titles.
How could Maddux not be a unanimous choice this year when he’s in the conversation as greatest pitcher of all time because of the era in which he put up all those gaudy numbers?
Maddux made even the greatest hitters swing at his pitch. He worked a batting order until it screamed for mercy. You knew it. Hitters knew. Nobody could do much about it.
He could put the ball exactly where the hitter couldn’t do a thing with it. He did that with every hitter. Sometimes it turned out he was making pitches three batters ahead of the man at the plate.
What’s more, you knew when you were watching him that you were watching a Hall-of-Famer.
I don’t know if he’s the smartest pitcher of all-time, but he certainly was the most brilliant in his era, and that likely would be the era of a majority of the voters.
Some voters simply won’t vote for a first-time nominee. I don’t know if there are dumber reasons to deny a spectacular talent, but that’s certainly in the starting lineup.
Others might not have voted for Maddux because they didn’t see him at his best, no matter that he was the best for a long time without a 100-mph fastball. Or one that was 90. So, look him up. It looks like a unanimous choice to me.Copyright © 2015, RedEye