Congratulations to Barry Stanton.
And no, I’m not referring to the oldie British rock-n-roller who know tours as a geriatric across Australia. I’m talking about Barry Stanton, the news editor for ESPN.com.
ESPN made public the ballots from its 18 employed Hall of Fame voters. That’s right, ESPN has 18 HOF voters. Impressive. They also employ 67 has-been quarterbacks, 35 concussed linebackers and on occasion a Rumors and Rants contributor. (Bite. Hand. Feeds.)
So why the beef with Stanton?
Because instead of voting for worthy candidates such as Roberto Alomar and Barry Larkin, this jagoff decided to cast a vote for B.J. Surhoff – he of the career .282 average and one All-Star appearance.
Even socialist 1940 presidential candidate Norman Thomas thinks that’s a wasted vote. (He got 27 million less than FDR).
Stanton voted for Jack Morris, Edgar Martinez, and was the lone ESPN voter to give Tino Martinez, Don Mattingly and Surhoff a nod.
It’s jokers like Stanton that keep dude’s numbers below the magical 75% threshold, therefore out of the Hall. Who the hell is Barry Stanton to decide who does or does not get into the Hall of Fame?
Courtesy of a Google search:
In 2002, Stanton resigned from the Westchester Journal News after a Nov. 2 story of a mentally challenged high school football player had “numerous sentences and phrases…were identical or similar to those that first appeared” in an October 31 column by Joe Posnanski of the K.C. Star.”
He should of copied Joe’s Hall of Fame ballot. At least that man knows baseball.
Next year, Stanton plans to cast a vote for Oddibe McDowell and Frank Tanana.