Pedro Gomez: “it’s not journalism, it’s a Hall of Fame ballot.”


ESPN’s Pedro Gomez took on all comers last night. It led to this exchange:


Gomez is cute. He thinks that the folks in Cooperstown made baseball writers Hall of Fame voters because of some independent quality of reason and discernment separate and apart from their baseball journalism experience. Like he’s some sui generis oracle of insight, thus enabling him to leave all of his professional experience and modes of operation at the door and just Do Hall of Fame Justice.

Say, Pedro, how does that Hall of Fame Justice work anyway? Like, for say Jeff Bagwell and Mike Piazza?



I asked him what decisions Piazza and Bagwell made. I don’t expect him to actually respond to that in any sort of direct fashion. His usual mode of operation is to appeal to his own personal authority and talk about how he’s wise about such things because his trade association and the Hall of Fame gave him his vote, and he was given his vote because he’s wise about such things. It’s vice-like, geometric logic.

All snark aside: While it would not shock me at all if any player who played between the 1980s and 2000s took PEDs — not one single player — Gomez has never once reported that Jeff Bagwell or Mike Piazza took PEDs, nor have any of his colleagues. He cannot or will not point to any “decisions” they made in this regard. Gomez suspects they did based on unreportable scuttlebutt. Scuttlebutt that may, in fact, be true, but scuttlebutt all the same. That is the basis of his opinion and his vote.

Which, good for him. But it’s something he is simply unwilling to admit for whatever reason.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.