Dodgers.com beat reporter and Hall of Fame voter Ken Gurnick has been roundly criticized Tuesday for submitting a Hall of Fame ballot in which he only voted for Jack Morris and nobody else. The biggest reason for the criticism is that Gurnick’s ballot ensures that Greg Maddux — who by all standards is as worthy for the Hall of Fame as almost any player ever — will not be a unanimous selection.
Though many are lambasting Gurnick, I think his reasoning and explanation makes plenty of sense.
“It’s just my feeling about the steroid era and all the players in it,” Gurnick said of his ballot during an interview with Sirius/XM Radio’s “Inside Pitch.” “I can’t tell who [used PEDs] and who didn’t, so I don’t feel like I can vote for any of the players from that era.”
Gurnick admitted during his interview that he knew he was leaving himself open to criticism. There are questions such as what years the steroid era encompasses, and whether a guy like Morris pitched in the era.
Gurnick said he wrestled with that question, but decided Morris pitched well enough throughout most of his career in an earlier era to vote for him. But because of his views on the steroid era, Gurnick says he won’t be voting in the future.
“I won’t be voting for anybody probably anymore. My plan is to abstain from voting in the future.”
I know Gurnick and find him to be a very good beat reporter and intelligent guy. He’s not an idiot, and his reasoning makes sense, even if I would have voted differently.