My Hall of Fame vote
So this is the infamous Hall of Fame vote that everybody has been waiting for and the results will be announced next week. This is the one that everybody has been anticipating because it includes the two most prominently mentioned players in regards to steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs over the past two decades.
Mark McGwire has been on the ballot for seven years but this is the first time that BBWAA voters have had the chance to vote on Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. If you have been following this closely on the internet then you have a pretty good idea what will be announced next week but why spoil the suspense for everybody.
Since most only care about who the voter picks and aren’t interested in long-winded explanations…here is my ballot in alphabetical order.
1. Jeff Bagwell
2. Craig Biggio
3. Barry Bonds
4. Roger Clemens
5. Jack Morris
6. Rafael Palmeiro
7. Mike Piazza
8. Tim Raines
9. Sammy Sosa
10. Alan Trammell
Since I have the unique privilege of voting for something so many care about, I feel a strong responsibility to reveal my vote even though it technically is a secret ballot.
Now, on to the long-winded explanation…
* As usual, I decline the honor of sitting in judgment on those who did, may or may not have used steroids.
* There are those writers who refuse to vote for suspected cheaters. Some are beginning to outright refuse to vote for the Hall of Fame anymore. I pass on making a stance and drawing that line in the sand. St. Peter is more qualified in that regard.
* That said, I did not vote for Mark McGwire this year for the first time. Why? Because I only get ten and I decided to use that vote to get both Tim Raines and Alan Trammell on my ballot.
*That may be a trend for me in that I may stop voting for guys who have no chance of getting in regardless of their baseball accomplishments in order to vote for some borderline candidates I deem worthy.
* Some of you may suggest Rafael Palmeiro fits that thinking. It may in the future. Right now he continues to get my vote.
* I can’t understand the debate on Biggio. It would seem he would be a slamdunk. Then again, I watched the University of San Francisco center throw down an air ball on a slam dunk Wednesday night against Santa Clara. That’s really hard to do but he did it and Biggio is not going to be automatic either.
* I’m voting for Morris to the end. One point that was made by somebody I highly respect is that the voting has been tougher and the bar has become higher for starting pitchers than perhaps sluggers, and that maybe we should reconsider our standards for that position.
* So no Curt Schilling? Not yet. Because this ballot is so crowded, I decided to hold off on Schilling for now. That will likely change but I used that vote for others.
* I really really really struggled with Fred McGriff and he is the one player that I am bothered by not voting for. I really looked at him long and hard.