Well, maybe somebody else would have voted against him, too. But we have one writer, Ken Gurnick, on record as voting ONLY for Jack Morris. Nobody else, just Jack Morris.
And why nobody else? I’ll let the genius explain for himself:
“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 Player Award votes in five. As for those who played during the period of PED use, I won’t vote for any of them.”
Sigh… never mind that Jack Morris probably doesn’t deserve the honor. THAT point has already been argued to death.
But for crying out loud, if Gurnick wanted to make some kind of “statement,” he COULD just have sent in a blank ballot. Or he could have announced “I can’t and won’t vote for steroid era players- so I’m giving up my voting privilege, for good.”
Instead, he screwed over people who deserved his vote.
Since the next decade will bring us nothing but candidates from the steroid era, Gurnick should have the decency to quit voting forever.