I awoke this morning to find Twitter abuzz about Mike Piazza’s backne.
It seems that Murray Chass, formerly of the New York Times and currently a lowly blogger presumably writing from his mom’s basement (don’t we all do that?), wrote a blog this morning about his Hall of Fame voting process, who he’s voting for (Jack Morris), who he’s not voting for (everyone else) and why.
Chass is not voting for steroid cheaters. Which is fine. That’s his choice but the fact that he’s going by circumstantial evidence such as Mike Piazza’s backne – his words not mine – and not by actual failed test results or other concrete facts is highly amusing to everyone with a pulse.
And what’s with him checking Piazza’s back?
Chass also complained about how he was never allowed to link Piazza with steroids while he was with the Times because his editor wouldn’t allow it. Maybe because there was no real proof of it, perhaps? I also had backne when I was in my teens and 20′s – in the late 80′s/early 90s – and I wasn’t using steroids. I was just a hormonal mess of a young woman.
I can link his name to steroids, I countered, but I had to wait until I started this Web site to talk about Piazza’s acne-covered back, a generally accepted telltale sign of steroids use. Piazza’s passionate fans ridiculed me for that assertion (and surely will again) and ignored the fact that Piazza’s back cleared up as soon as baseball began testing for steroids.
I guess it’s good that Chass was closely examining Piazza’s back and not his testicles. Now that would have been an interesting piece.
And of course, Chass couldn’t go a whole blog post without bashing the “stats zealots” who don’t believe that Jack Morris belongs in the Hall of Fame.
I think I am safe in concluding that Morris did not cheat. I know the stats zealots don’t think Morris is a Hall of Famer because his rankings in their new-fangled ratings fall below their standards. But they don‘t have a formula for intestinal fortitude or determination.
Hey, stat zealots, can someone come up with a stat for IF+ and D/10*?
The bottom line is Chass is doing what every other Hall of Fame writer lacking self-awareness has done in the past few weeks, showing themselves to be the biggest hypocrites to walk the face of the Earth.
Where was this outrage when Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire were bashing 500 foot home runs with regularity? Oh right, it wasn’t there.
*Intestinal Fortitude and Determination per 10.