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Do you agree with this statement made by ESPN baseball writer and baseball HOF voter Buster Olney?

1. sportswriters should not vote on who gets in b/c it's a clear conflict of interest 2. sportswriters should not be judgmental and act as the "morality police" of baseball 3. MLB and the HOF need to establish their own criteria for the hall to deal with admitted/busted/rumored PED users 4. It is not a sports writers job to create stories, It's there job to follow stories.

Asked By: Chad - 1/13/2010
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I do agree with him. Buster used to write for the NY Times and their policy is that their writers cannot vote on the HoF or post season awards because it IS a conflict of interest... More
Answered By: Information Police - 1/13/2010
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Totally. The last point especially is scathing. There hasn't been a journalist in the true sense of the word in sports since the 1970s.
Answered By: sarrafzedehkhoee - 1/13/2010
 
Whether or not writers vote, players vote, mothers vote, or ex-girlfriends vote ... there will always be arguments and injustices. The "morality police" have already voted in gamblers, wife-beaters, murderers, drug users, and cheats. They have also voted in .240 hitters and mediocre pitchers... More
Answered By: tmsullivan - 1/13/2010
 
2,3, and 4 are very true. but sportswriters represent the people and see more than just numbers in a vote for the HOF. Statistics are meaningless if they never win the big game or get close. The people need a vote and the sportswriters are the closest thing.
Answered By: Danny O - 1/13/2010
 
I would agree with 2, 3 and 4. For #1, exactly who would be sufficiently informed to judge players for the HOF and would also be free of any biases or conflicts of interest? And what is the "conflict of interest" anyway? Do we think there's some kind of kickback to writers from inductees? Quid pro quos like "I'll vote... More
Answered By: Tom - 1/13/2010
 
Totally disagree with it... More
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Answered By: mr danger - 1/13/2010
 
I agree 100% with 2 & 4. I don't really agree with 1 but don't care enough to make it a big deal. Whatever group votes people are going to be unhappy. So whatever. 3. They have a policy. The guys are on the ballot.
Answered By: 18 gibbs 20 - 1/13/2010
 
I agree with #1 and #3 wholeheartedly... More
Answered By: Ben Linus - 1/13/2010
 
yes
Answered By: Victor K - 1/13/2010
 
yes
Answered By: Ricky Lee - 1/14/2010
 
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