I assumed blogger Murray Chass’ opinion on the addition of another wild card team in baseball would be predictable, reactionary, illogical, and hilarious. Sure enough, I was not disappointed. Though I must say, if MLB and MLBPA really are leaning towards a one-game playoff between the two wild card teams, I’m pleasantly surprised by that (though I don’t trust Murray’s reporting any further than I can throw the computer I read his blog on). I did not, however, have any idea I was going to be blessed with this gem:
Which reminds me that in last Monday’s Boston Globe, Dan Shaughnessy had a terrific column about Carlos Slim, the world’s wealthiest man and a great and knowledgeable baseball fan, who was at Fenway Park for the series finale between the Red Sox and the Yankees. That same day The New York Times’ baseball column was about WAR.
So, the New York Times was running a column actually related to baseball while Murray was enjoying a column by the worst sports writer in America about a rich guy who likes baseball. No wonder the Times kicked Murray out of the building and into the blogosphere.
Even better, that paragraph comes at the end of a bizarre screed in which blogger Chass seems oddly amused that all the young whipper-snappers with their adding machines are going to have to support Justin Verlander (or Jered Weaver or C.C. Sabathia, I suppose) for the Cy Young award and won’t get to vote for someone with a 13-12 win-loss record like Felix Hernandez in 2010 which…makes no sense. But then, we don’t read the blogger in question for the insightful thoughts about baseball, do we? I was a little perplexed by the comments about WAR, however. Murray seems to be under the impression that that was the basis for Felix’s win, but Verlander actually (slightly) led the A.L. in fWAR in 2010, as Verlander’s ERA, since King Felix led the American League in ERA last year, and Murray roundly dismissed that in his blind subservience to pitcher wins as the only number that meant anything.
If they ever create an Internet Trolls Hall of Fame, Murray will be in the inaugural class all by himself, and “small Hall” advocates will spend the rest of eternity arguing against inducting anyone else for their failure to match of to the high standards the blogger set in his blogging career. Continue reading Murray Chass hearts Dan Shaughnessy