Ken Gurnick's Hall of Fame ballot is one of those things.
From MLB.com's compilation of HOF ballots from their staff writers:
Morris has flaws -- a 3.90 ERA, for example. But he gets my vote for more than a decade of ace performance that included three 20-win seasons, Cy Young Award votes in seven seasons and Most Valuable Players votes in five. As for those who played during the period of PED use, I won't vote for any of them.
So Gurnick won't be voting for anyone who played during the period of PED use. Or so he says. In 2007, he voted for Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken. They played in the PED era.
Hell, MORRIS played during the "period of PED use." Yet Gurnick is casting a vote for him.
It's not even that egregious that Gurnick is voting for Morris. That's a waste of a vote on a player who doesn't deserve to be enshrined, in my opinion, but I realize there are lots of folks who disagree and think Morris is HOF-worthy.
But a vote for only Morris is also a vote AGAINST guys like Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Frank Thomas and countless others who were superior to Morris.
If a writer submits a ballot, their vote counts as a vote against everyone they didn't vote for. By submitting his vote for only Morris, Gurnick made it that much more difficult for other potential borderline guys like Biggio, Bagwell, Thomas, Glavine and everyone else to get in.
By casting this vote, Gurnick is making an absolute mockery out of the Hall of Fame, and showing that a reform is absolutely needed. When I wrote about the backlog in the HOF voting and the various types of voters that are screwing up the system, I never imagined that there would be someone like Gurnick who embodies several of those categories and then some.
Gurnick (this year, at least) fits the following categories:
The people who will never vote for a guy in his first year on the ballot - He has voted for first-year players in the past, but apparently not this year.
The guys who will never vote for someone suspected of PED use - This is what Gurnick claims to be, but he takes it to an extreme, saying that he won't even vote for anyone who played during the era in which PED use was suspected to occur.
The guys who won't use all 10 votes, even if there are 10 guys who deserve induction - There are obviously more players than simply Morris who deserve to be on Gurnick's ballot. By any standard imaginable, Greg Maddux is a better option.
The guys who will want to rescue players - This is exactly what Gurnick is doing for Morris.
Past all that, Gurnick takes it a step further and becomes his own category. He's a guy who's voting for a player who is far less deserving than other players, on every level imaginable, but declining to vote for other players, despite an impeccable resumé and squeaky-clean track record.
This ballot is an example of the kind of guy who needs to be scrubbed from the BBWAA's roster and lose his vote forever. There is no reason whatsoever for someone like Ken Gurnick to play even the smallest role in the selection process for the Baseball Hall of Fame. He has shown that he has no interest in respecting the process, zero interest in even making a decent attempt at an intelligent ballot, and he has a complete and utter disdain for the sport and everyone in it.
The sooner the BBWAA cleans itself up and eliminates cancers like Ken Gurnick, the better.