How I would vote on the current Hall of Fame ballot


My quick take:

Roberto Alomar—Yes. Absolutely. Without question.

Kevin Appier—Nice pitcher. But a big NO.

Harold Baines—Very good player. But not great.

Bert Blyleven—Yes. Was a better pitcher than Don Sutton, but lacks the magic 300. Deserves a spot.

Ellis Burks—One of the truly nice guys. But nope.

Andre Dawson—Not quite great enough.

Andres Galarraga—Big Cat, Big No.

Pat Hentgen—Zero chance.

Mike Jackson—If one took the time to check, he’d find 8,053 ‘Thriller’ references throughout this closer’s career. As for the Hall, eh, no.

Eric Karros—Not even close.

Ray Lankford—Worse than Eric Karros. No.

Barry Larkin—Larkin was one of the best middle infielders of his generation. But I lean toward no.

Edgar Martinez—A wonderful hitter, but no.

Don Mattingly—No.

Fred McGriff—No. But a case can be made: Nobody I know thinks McGriff used PEDs. He was a dominant power hitter in an era of cheats and frauds. He carried Toronto and, for a brief time, Atlanta and San Diego.

Mark McGwire—N.F.W.

Jack Morris—Yes, yes, yes. Should have made it eons ago.

Dale Murphy—No, but a great player.

Dave Parker—Sans the drug problems and weight gains, woulda had a chance. Side note: A female reporter who covered the Pirates back in the day told me Parker was a real pig. Once, he went up to her in the clubhouse, butt naked, and said, “I bet you want some of this.” while pointing to his penis. Reporter replied, “First I’d have to find it under all your fat.”

Tim Raines—Without question. He and Rickey were the two most dominant table setters the game ever saw. And yes, that includes Lou Brock. Brock was a first-ballot enshrinee, Raines has better numbers.

Shane Reynolds—Who? (I’m just kidding. But, uh, who?)

David Segui—Hee, hee.

Lee Smith—No, but the case can be made.

Alan Trammell—See Smith, Lee.

Robin Ventura—No, but a great friggin’ guy.

Todd Zeile—Same as Ventura.

14 thoughts on “How I would vote on the current Hall of Fame ballot”

  1. I’d love to hear your reasoning for giving a thumbs up to Jack Morris. His career ERA was 3.90 which, in his era, was only 5% better than the league average. The usual “pro” argument for Morris involves the entirely arbitrary “winningest pitcher of the ’80s” designation and his 10 inning masterpiece in Game 7 of the 1991 WS.

    30 years ago, those would be accomplishments on the back of a Topps baseball card, akin to “Steve Henderson finished 2nd in the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1977”.

    I exaggerate, of course, but I’d still like to hear your Morris reasoning.

  2. I can give you my reasoning for Morris. Jack was the kind of pitcher who would eat up innings for his team. If his team was up 7-2 in the 5th, he would possibly finish the game give up 3 more runs, win 7-5, but give his bullpen a much needed night off. Schilling was the same way. They didn’t care about ERA. They cared about their team getting the W.

  3. While I agree neither is a Hall of Famer, I’d like to hear your rationale for claiming Ray Lankford is worse than Eric Karros.

    Lankford had a career .364 on-base eprcentage, and .477 slugging. Karros had .325 and .454 in those categories.

    Karros does have 284 home runs to Lankford’s 238, but Lankford has 354 doubles, 56 triples, and 258 stolen bases to Karros’ 324, 11, and 59 in those respective categories.

    Karros was a rougly average first baseman defensively, Lankdford was a rougly average centerfielder. So really, what are you basing that declaration on?

  4. Jeff,

    Why the big no to Edgar Martinez? He hit .312 over 18 seasons and had 309 home runs.

    Are you in the camp that designated hitters should not go to the Hall of Fame? I understand the logic, but when looking at someone like Martinez, he did the job he was asked to do day in and day out. There’s nothing more he could have done. Granted, his health precluded him from playing in the field longer and when he was there he was mediocre at best. But his job was to be a hitter, and he was one of the very, very best of the ’90s.

  5. Jack Morris? Really? Come on… just not that great in my mind. But heck, if Jim Rice can make it, let’s just keep the bar that low and let ol’ Jack in. (And I’m a Sox fan, too.)

    And no to Andre Dawson? Wow. Just… wow.

  6. If Jack Morris, then Jamie Moyer, Jerry Koosman, John Candelaria, Tom Candiotti, Kenny Rogers, Jimmy Key, Dave Stieb, and, yes, Kevin Appier. All those guys are as qualified as Morris or more so.
    In particular, this is just freaky:
    Morris: 3824 INN, 2478 K, 1390 BB, 1.78 K/BB, 105 ERA+
    Moyer: 3908 INN, 2342 K, 1117 BB, 2.10 K/BB, 105 ERA+

    Uncanny. One really great World Series game does not turn Jamie Moyer into a Hall of Famer.

  7. I’m leaning on Dawson and Blyleven this year. However, I would not be surprised if we don’t see a HOF induction until Biggio is up. Just too many close ones on these ballots

  8. Why the no to Edgar Martinez???

    He’s truly one of the best hitters of all time. And it’s not his fault that he was playing a position created only for hitters. He only took advantage of that! And with flying colors, I can add.

    Let’s vote Edgar Martinez into HOF!!!!

  9. I believe if you researched Alomar with the same intensity that you researched Bonds and Clemens, you’d discover that Alomar took steroids. Don’t know for sure.

  10. If Blyleven gets in, why didn’t Jim Kaat and Tommy John?

    Out of this year’s group, I say yes to Lee Smith, but that’s about all.

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