Baseball Hall of Fame
I suppose that's what's great about the Baseball Hall of Fame. People really care about it. They get all worked up and in a lather about who absolutely should have gotten in and who absolutely shouldn't.
Take Kevin Brown, who got just 12 votes. With only two percent, he didn't even get the five percent required to remain on the ballot next year. Brown didn't get much consideration, apparently, but three of his six most-similar players are Hall of Famers: Don Drysdale, Catfish Hunter and Dazzy Vance. Brown was an All-Star six times and he got Cy Young votes in five different years. His career ERA of 3.28 was better than Bert Blyleven's 3.31, even though Brown pitched in the offensively juiced Steroid Era. (Brown himself has been suspected of steroid use, but we'll get to that.)
Now look at Jack Morris, who got 53.5 percent of the votes. Morris' ERA+ of 105 ranks ... wait for it ... 89th among pitchers who worked at least 1,000 innings during the span of Morris' career (1977-94). His vaunted postseason record is 7-4 with a 3.80 ERA. Obviously, no one wants to count his awful performances in 1987 or 1992 when hanging that "big game pitcher" tag on him.
The anger over Morris, who pitched for Detroit, Minnesota, Toronto and Cleveland from 1977 to 1994, probably has more to do with a mistrust of writers as arbiters of the Hall of Fame. A large segment of fans and bloggers doubt that voters realize the statistical truth about Morris: he just wasn’t as good as we remember..