It’s known that some baseball writers don’t like to vote for guys in their first year of eligibility. That makes a lot of sense. Wait, no it doesn’t. If a player had a great career, as Maddux certainly did, you do the right thing and vote him in. You don’t sit around for his second year and then cast your vote.
Note to voters: It’s not about you. At all.
One of the guys who left Maddux off his ballot explained his decision earlier this week. We’re talking about MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick.
"To me, I didn’t exclude Maddux. I excluded everybody from that era, everybody from the Steroid Era," Gurnick told The Associated Press. "It wasn’t about Greg Maddux, it was about the entire era. I just don’t know who did and who didn’t."
Well, that makes a lot of sense, right? No? When you think about the Steroid Era do you even think about Greg Maddux?
We have no idea why other voters left Maddux off their ballot. But it’s a shame. Sure, Maddux got in with 97.2 percent (eighth highest in the history of voting) and we’ll probably eventually all forget that some people didn’t vote him in, but for now all we can do is throw our hands up in the air and laugh at yet another flawed system in sports.