Hall of Fame announcements are set for January 9th on MLB Network and social media is always very abuzz with arguments over this guy and that guy, a lot of it PED-based this year. Every year we also get a glimpse into the BBWAA that maybe there are some people that don’t deserve their vote anymore, although I will say I very much appreciate the writers that are willing to talk about their votes, whether I agree with them or if I think they’re just a big knucklehead. What I’m going to write isn’t anything groundbreaking, in fact, I’d say the community I side with has set the path for me to see what they see. So, here’s my ballot, and though I hope the writers will be able to do this as well, I will vote for more than the allowed ten players.
- Barry Bonds, LF — because a Hall of Fame would not be a HoF without Bonds (for those that are anti-PED, you will not like my ballot)
- Roger Clemens, SP — possibly the greatest pitcher of our generation
- Jeff Bagwell, 1B — I don’t care what you suspect
- Craig Biggio, 2B/C/OF — numbers won’t blow you away like the first two guys, but he fits the mold
- Curt Schilling, SP — even if he’s annoying in real life
- Larry Walker, RF — could be least discussed candidate, and it’s all Coors Field’s fault or something
- Alan Trammell, SS — never saw him play, and can’t understand why he’s been left out
- Tim Raines, LF — definitely had the zoom
- Kenny Lofton, CF — hope this guy gets the recognition he deserves
- Edgar Martinez, DH — Sure, he might have done a lot of DH-ing, but he did it at a Hall of Fame level
- Mike Piazza, C — For some reason I always crave pizza when I say his name
- Rafael Palmeiro, 3B — not gonna lie, I hated writing his name down. Period.
- Sammy Sosa, RF and Mark McGwire, 1B — I feel like these two belong together, but they were really tough choices. For me it was either both of them or neither of them, which is pretty dumb looking at the numbers, but I feel a very high emotional attachment to them. This must be how people feel about… (wait for it)
Not On My Ballot
- …Jack Morris, SP — Pitcher wins! Big game!
- Dale Murphy, OF — look, I love nice guys and everything, but, even the character clause can do so much for your numbers
- David Wells, SP — while lesser (physically and numerically) pitchers have gotten in than Wells, I’m not willing to put Boomer in
- Don Mattingly, 1B — more for reasons of not measuring up than to reasons of loves to have his team bunt
There it is. Hate it, love it, whatever it. Chances are I will probably never have a HoF vote, and I’m sure there are plenty people that would be OK with that. Should be interesting to see how the real vote turns out, as no one being elected this year is a real possibility.