CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

Baseball Prospectus home
  
  
Click here to log in Click here for forgotten password Click here to subscribe

<< Previous Article
Premium Article Prospects Will Break Y... (01/31)
<< Previous Column
BP Unfiltered: Masahir... (01/28)
Next Column >>
BP Unfiltered: Classif... (02/05)
Next Article >>
Fantasy Article Fantasy Players to Tar... (02/03)

February 2, 2014

BP Unfiltered

Hall of Famously Weak Arguments Voting Results

by Ken Funck


Your votes have been tabulated, and I’m pleased to announce that BP readers have bestowed the dubious honor of entry into the Hall of Famously Weak Arguments to these three deserving candidates:

  1. “See, I TOLD you that sacrifice bunt was the right play—we scored a run!”

This was the leading vote getter, which I find fascinating. I’m guessing it’s because this argument is not only (probably) wrong, but the person expressing it now also feels their wrong opinion has been proven correct. I totally get that. My wife, an otherwise wise and rational person, believes she can improve cell phone reception in remote areas by shaking her phone above her head, and every time she tries I find myself actively hoping it doesn’t work. In fact, I suspect I’d still be actively hoping it doesn’t work even if she was trying to call an ambulance for me after I had been badly injured, most likely after arguing sacrifice bunts and/or the efficacy of shaking a cell phone above your head with a large, impatient backwoodsman. What does this say about me/us? Is it that we believe the only thing worse than ignorance expressed is ignorance perpetuated?

  1. “Home runs kill rallies.”

No, they don’t, unless by “kill” you mean “bring them to an extremely beneficial conclusion.” Sorry, Steve.

  1. “I’m against instant replay because it removes the human element.”

Also, I’m against using security cameras because they remove the human element from identifying who stole all that copper wire from the store room.

These three worthy entries can now take their place alongside the Founding Five: “You can’t know how good he was unless you saw him play,” “He’s one of a small number of players to reach this random collection of stat thresholds,” “Slow players that draw walks merely clog the bases,” “He’s a winner,” and “Sabermetrics takes all the fun out of the game.” So far, I’ve been rebuffed in my attempts to develop a display in Cooperstown to honor our inductees; however, negotiations with the New York State Thruway Authority about installing a History Kiosk for our use at the Mohawk Travel Plaza, right between the Dippin’ Dots and the Hebrew National stand, have been somewhat more fruitful.

The following three candidates didn’t garner enough support to remain on the ballot:

  1. “He was great because he did the little things/played the game the right way.”
  2. “Money doesn’t matter.”
  3. “He was a clean player competing in the steroid era, so imagine what his numbers might have been.”

Thanks to all who submitted ballots.

Ken Funck is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
Click here to see Ken's other articles. You can contact Ken by clicking here

0 comments have been left for this article.

<< Previous Article
Premium Article Prospects Will Break Y... (01/31)
<< Previous Column
BP Unfiltered: Masahir... (01/28)
Next Column >>
BP Unfiltered: Classif... (02/05)
Next Article >>
Fantasy Article Fantasy Players to Tar... (02/03)

RECENTLY AT BASEBALL PROSPECTUS
Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Don't Forget the Vets
Fantasy Article Fantasy Team Preview: San Francisco Giants
Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Pitching at a Premium
Premium Article Skewed Left: Padres Can't Play It Safe
Premium Article Moonshot: In Search of Pedro Cerrano
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Padres Add Myers
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: What the Rays and Nati...


MORE BY KEN FUNCK
2014-03-25 - Premium Article Prospectus Preview: NL Central 2014 Preseaso...
2014-03-06 - Premium Article Changing Speeds: The Optimist's Guide to the...
2014-02-02 - BP Unfiltered: Hall of Famously Weak Argumen...
2014-01-28 - Premium Article Changing Speeds: The 2014 Hall of Famously W...
2014-01-21 - Premium Article Changing Speeds: The 2014 Hall of Famously W...
2014-01-12 - BP Unfiltered: Nominations Needed For The Ha...
More...

MORE BP UNFILTERED
2014-02-19 - BP Unfiltered: 2013 32 Predictions Contest R...
2014-02-12 - BP Unfiltered: T-Mac's Mechanics
2014-02-05 - BP Unfiltered: Classifying Your Photos of Ba...
2014-02-02 - BP Unfiltered: Hall of Famously Weak Argumen...
2014-01-28 - BP Unfiltered: Masahiro Tanaka: A Reader Pol...
2014-01-27 - BP Unfiltered: The 2014 Annual is Out; Ebook...
2014-01-16 - BP Unfiltered: RISPy Business
More...