My Hall of Fame ballot
When you have a Hall of Fame ballot, you have a responsibility to reveal it publicly. Everybody has their opinions and those that don’t have a ballot are quick to be highly critical of those that do. But if you can’t handle public scrutiny, don’t vote
This would be a tough vote if it were one and done. It is not. So there are some guys left off who I will vote for in the future but didn’t feel an overwhelming need to do so right now. There are more than ten guys who deserve enshrinement.
As I have said before, I decline the honor of judging players on the basis of possible PED use. I just don’t feel qualifying to judge on that basis. But as in the case of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, it’s hard to keep voting for guys who are not going to get in and overlook guys who have a legitimate chance.
Once again I voted for Rafael Palmeiro. That is getting harder to do but I suspect this may be the last year anybody gets to vote for him.
In alpha order
1. Jeff Bagwell – I have one spot on the ballot for him or Frank Thomas. They are very close. I went with Bagwell this year. I feel certain Thomas will get his due and I will eventually vote for him. But right now I took Bagwell.
2. Craig Biggio – He is a Hall of Famer, no doubt about it in my mind. Trammell and Kent deserve strong consideration.
3. Barry Bonds – Right now I still have to vote for him and…
4. Roger Clemens – because they are still two of the best ever regardless
5. Tom Glavine – To the victor go the spoils
6. Greg Maddux – No need to amplify
7. Jack Morris – I voted for him. Obviously there is strong disagreement on this one but he is getting my vote
8. Mike Mussina – He was the last one checked. I gave the last one to a pitcher because of the era. Schilling will likely get my vote in the future as well.
9. Rafael Palmeiro – Mainly because he is in danger of falling off the ballot. It’s getting harder to justify expending a vote on him but I did once again. This vote only hurts Tim Raines because he most likely would have been next.
10. Mike Piazza – One of the best catchers ever