Last year my post was using the scenario that I could vote for as many players as I wanted, and it was one of my few posts that got more than one comment on it, so you don’t need to tell me that this is a really divisive topic. A reminder that we can have conversations on these topics without resorting to name-calling and being condescending, as we should be doing throughout our baseball discussions, and all discussions, really. To echo what went down in 2013 on my voting, anybody associated with PEDs is not going to be dismissed, and I love advanced metrics. I know I didn’t watch some of these guys play, but I don’t think that should be something that makes opinions like mine ineligible for submissions. I also did a preview of twenty eligible players for the 2014 ballot that you can check out here. Now, here we go, my ten for 2014:
No doubt about it
Three spots left for seven guys
- Mike Mussina — his having played in a competitive division gives him a little bit more an edge for me, and his advanced metric HOF numbers make this choice sit more comfortably with me
- Craig Biggio — love his versatility and position flexibility. His advanced metric HOF numbers were not Top 10, but not everybody split time between the 2B, catcher, and outfield positions like he did. I may also be biased towards shorter players.
- Mike Piazza — catcher that could be overshadowed by some other, great, worthy names that manned a corner spot, but he was a fantastic catcher.
The other four that missed my cut — keep in mind that I think that if any of these four were in, I would have no problems with it. Each of these players are very deserving, and is my argument for eliminating the ten-player limit
- Larry Walker — Unlike Biggio, his advanced metric HOF numbers are all in the Top 10 of the 2014 class, and I do feel like I’m punishing him for not being at a different position.
- Alan Trammell — He’s running out of time, and he’s got some good arguments for him, better than Biggio, in fact.
- Edgar Martinez — Like Biggio, advanced metric HOF numbers were outside the Top 10, and I know I’m punishing him for lack of position flexibility here.
- Tim Raines — Most stolen bases on the ballot, beating out Bonds by almost 300 bags.
So there you have it. Have at it. Tell me your ballot, your thoughts, opinions, all the while being civil. Would be more than happy to engage in some baseball discussion over this.