I keep hearing/reading people slam WAR as to why Morris wasnt making it in before. There are sooooo many old school reasons you can point to to explain why he didnt make it. No need to even mention WAR.
Like, for examples, for his career his ERA was only 5% better than league average. ERA is pretty old school. Or his low K/9 ration and his high BB/9 ratio. Or never winning a CY. All old school reasoning.
And,lets face it, the first 5 or so years on the ballot, newer things like WAR were barely mentioned, much less being used as some kind of barometer for HOF worthiness or individual season awards worthiness. Pretty sure Fangraphs was the first site to have a WAR stat and Fangraphs itself wasnt even in existence until Morris had been on the ballot for like 3 years.
He only needed to mention it once, included with other deconstructed metrics: "All have merit, and given that all of these metrics are organized coherently and are not subject to continuous logical fallacies and cronyism, all have more merit than does the current Hall’s member list."
They don't have more merit, IMO. Selection by the writers is itself part of the HoF history, as is the selection by veterans. They have merit on their own terms.
I'm a fan of modern metrics and have no problem with the writers using them to support their HoF votes. But veterans have their place in the selection process. The history of selections has its place too.
* - oops - quoted the wrong comment. See jimmers last response.
Edited by dbminn, 11 December 2017 - 02:55 PM.