Gurnick is completely retarded. Not much else to say about it, he's just a huge and total retard.
I imagine that there were a couple other Gurnicks out there, but that most of the other people who didn't vote for Maddux either turned in a blank ballot as some sort of personal protest for whatever stupid reason, or didn't vote for him because they knew he'd get in with over 95% anyway and since they can only vote for 10 players they wanted to use their votes for players who they felt needed more support and/or were in danger of falling off the ballot. I agree that he should have been unanimous, but there was no chance it was gonna happen. There were also probably a couple people who omitted him because nobody has ever been unanimous and for whatever stupid reason they think that means that nobody ever should be.
The whole process has become pretty stupid and is now about the self-important writers grappling with these oh-so-important decisions rather than about the players. Deadspin summed it up pretty well in their article which revealed that Dan Le Batard was the one who gave his vote over to the Deadspin readers:
"With an electorate comprising a subset of a subset of a subset of the baseball press and a 75 percent threshold for entry into the Hall, the process has been hijacked by cranks, attention-seeking trolls, and the merely perplexed—people who exercise power out of proportion to their numbers due to the perverse structure of the voting. Further, the bad process has led to the process itself becoming the focal point of the process, at the expense of baseball. (Over the last month, you probably read a lot more columns in which anguished writers laid out their feelings about other anguished writers' feelings about drugs and/or the outdated voting process than you did appreciations of Hideo Nomo's fine and important career.)"
Unfortunately I still really really care about the HOF voting for at least one more year, since next year is Pedro's first year on the ballot. I'm assuming he'll get in first try, but really at this point it wouldn't be a big surprise if he got like 70%. I predict he'll get between 85 and 90 though, and he, Randy Johnson (98%), and John Smoltz (90%) will all go in as first-balloters next year. I think Biggio will get in too, not just because he came ridiculously close today but also because Gurnick probably isn't the only cu
nt who turned in an all-old-school ballot but will abstain next year with Morris finally done, and therefore their idiot non-votes won't have to be counted.
Karl: She was a bit -- what's the word that you can use, cuz I don't wanna offend anyone?
Steve: Was she a homeless person?
Karl: Yeah but sort of mental homeless.