ESPN is a 4 letter word

June 1, 2009

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I’ve heard people refer to ESPN as a 4 letter word in the sports world.  Today, I wondered if they might be right.

Today’s poll question, on the heels of Jamie Moyer’s 250th win, was whether or not Moyer should be in the Hall of Fame.  The options were “yes”, “no”, and “he needs to get to 300 wins”.  An incredibly high number of people (50%+ had chosen the “yes” and “he needs to get to 300 wins” answers when I checked in the early afternoon).

The correct answer is “no”, even if he manages to get to 300 (which would mean pitching until he was 50).  Moyer has been a successful pitcher and has enjoyed great longevity.  However, he simply falls short of the excellence needed for the Hall of Fame.  It is not the Hall of Pretty Good For a Really Long Time.  Moyer has won more than 15 games in a season just four times, and had never finished higher than 4th in Cy Young voting.  This does not scream “dominance”.

If Jamie Moyer wants to get into the Hall of Fame, he’ll need to buy a ticket.

I do, however, extend my sincerest congratulations to Jamie on the achievement.  I remember him breaking in with the Cubs back in the mid 1980s.  I never imagine that he would still be pitching in 2009.

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