After failing to get into the Hall of Fame this year, Whitey Herzog has pronounced, "That's the end of it. It isn't ever going to work out now." Herzog is apparently anticipating the demise of his supporters by the time the next vote rolls around in 2007, four years from now.
Whitey then proceeded to put down every manager since Harry Wright, who is already in the Hall:
"Earl Weaver never put on a sign in his life," said Herzog, only half-kidding. "He had two switch-hitters who hit 30 home runs and he had four great starting pitchers.
"Are those guys better managers than me? I don't think so. I'm not popping my own bill but I'd venture to say that Lasorda would say the same thing. And Sparky always said that I'd handled pitchers better than anybody he'd ever seen."
Get 'em up against the wall, Whitey. And stop popping your bill-you'll go blind.
He also is not too pleased with the players who were active when he was a manager:
"You worry about guys like Mike Schmidt and Reggie Jackson," Herzog said candidly. "They really don't care who gets in. They've always been kind of self-centered guys, like 'Who cares if anybody else gets in?' Maybe they didn't vote for anybody. Maybe Reggie voted for Billy Martin, who he played for.
Whitey, I can't imagine why anyone would not vote for you.