Either Ken Davidoff of the New York Post hates the Mets or he is a moron. Or both. First he writes a sleazy column aboutR.A. Dickey, now he doesn’t vote for Mike Piazza for the Hall of Fame.
The “no” vote doesn’t even have anything to do with suspicions that Piazza used PEDs, Davidoff writes. That would actually make some sense (although it wouldn’t be fair because there is absolutely no evidence, circumstantial or otherwise, that Piazza juiced). No, Davidoff just thinks 10 other players on the ballot are more worthy.
Davidoff revealed on his blog Wednesday that he voted for the following players:
Clearly steroid suspicions do not prevent Davidoff from voting for a player. He did not vote for Sammy Sosa because he corked his bat; proof that he was a cheater. But he says he might vote for him in the future. He didn’t vote for Rafael Palmeiro because he failed a drug test. Yet he voted for him last year. He changed his “yes” vote on Mark McGwire to “no” because of “gridlock on this ballot.” Davidoff is just all over the place.
Anyway, back to Mike Piazza. Davidoff ranked all of the players on the ballot based on WAR and JAWS (whatever that is. I think it’s a version of WAR). Under this ranking Piazza finished 14th.
Which means using these asinine formulas, Kenny Lofton, Edgar Martinez, Tim Raines, Alan Trammell and Larry Walker were better players than Mike Piazza. After seeing this, Davidoff trusted the numbers and didn’t vote for Piazza, even though he admits to being “captivated” by watching Piazza play.
I’m sure even those players would say Piazza was better than they were. None of them will even sniff Cooperstown; Mike Piazza will have a plaque there.
Now, I’m not saying that everyone has to vote for Mike Piazza. But if you’re going to cast votes for clearly lesser players, it is just nonsensical to leave Piazza off.
Ken Davidoff is a moron.