In a few days, the Hall of Fame will announce which players will be honored as its newest members. Based on the BBHOF Tracker, it looks like 5 players may get elected to join Alan Trammell and Jack Morris in one of the biggest classes in history.
I'm always fascinated by the voting process. I love reading about different writers' ballots, and the methodology they used to determine who is worthy, and why others fell short.
I obviously do not have an official vote, but I too have thought about who is worthy and who would make my unofficial ballot. Before I list my choices, a few clarifications into my voting process:
- I'm a big Hall type of guy - I believe that the Hall's main purpose is to reflect the history of the game. I'm not going to cross a guy off just because he's not an inner circle type.
- As far as PED users go, I generally don't have a strong opinion. Again, the Hall should reflect this era of the game. To be honest, I have genuine reservations as to how much PED usage affects a players overall stats. That being said, those guys are placed in the back of the line. I may feel Manny Ramirez should get in, but as long as there are at least 10 other worthy candidates, he won't make my ballot.
Definitely WorthyThese are the guys I don't have to think hard about. They belong, and that's all there is to it. Obviously, because of the PED issue, not all of these guys will make my final ballot.
|1991 Bowman #68 Jim Thome (RC)|
Probably WorthyThese players have strong cases, but not airtight. There are usually some reservations.
Trevor Hoffman - I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to relief pitchers. I think they are over-glorified and the pitching equivalent of a pinch-hitter. I don't think they impact the game as much as most people think. Still, he is the 2nd best all-time for how he was used...
Jeff Kent - Greatest power hitting 2nd baseman of all-time, at least until Cano becomes eligible.
Fred McGriff - He doesn't measure up to the hitters of the "Steroid Era", but I always remembered him as one of the true power hitters of his time. Not everyone has led both leagues in home runs!
Mike Mussina - I get he's got the "numbers", but I never considered him one of the all time best. He never stood out to me.
Gary Sheffield - He may not have been the most likable person, but he was a scary hitter at his peak.
Larry Walker - A perennial .300 hitter, the fact he averaged less than 80% of games played per season bothers me.
|1989 Donruss - Bonus MVP's #BC-19 Fred McGriff|
Maybe WorthyI'll be honest, I'm not convinced these guys belong. They have genuine cases though, and I'll have to put more thought into it.
With all 3 of these players, it seems their cases are tied to their great defensive prowess. I don't trust any attempt to measure defense past maybe the past 5 years. (It's my biggest hang-up with WAR.) Offensively, they didn't do enough.
|1997 Collector's Choice #1 Andruw Jones (RCL)|
Here's my unofficial 10 player ballot:
- Vlad Guerrero
- Trevor Hoffman
- Chipper Jones
- Jeff Kent
- Edgar Martinez
- Fred McGriff
- Mike Mussina
- Curt Schilling
- Jim Thome
- Larry Walker
|1991 Score #671 Chipper Jones (RC, FDP)|