Major League Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

The ballot is out for the 2019 class of Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. This is the time of year when everyone has an opinion, and each and every one of them is correct in the possessor’s eyes. There is a good handful of players deserving of induction. They won’t all get in, that’s just how it works. If I had a vote, here’s who would get in:

  • Edgar Martinez
  • Roger Clemens
  • Barry Bonds
  • Curt Schilling
  • Manny Ramirez
  • Gary Sheffield
  • Mariano Rivera
  • Larry Walker
  • Fred McGriff
  • Mike Mussina *

I put an asterisk by Mussina’s name, and here’s why. His career stats are almost identical to Jim Kaat’s, yet Kaat has been largely ignored over the years. They both deserve to be in, so if you put Mussina in, I want Kaat in too. Some of you may be balking over some ‘alleged’ steroid users. Look, steroids were a part of the game. That doesn’t make it right, but it’s true. The commissioner knew it was going on and simply refused to do anything about it for 10 years or so. Put them in.

I also had a few on the fringe, but kept my picks to 10 players. These are guys that I couldn’t quite pull the trigger on.

  • Omar Vizquel
  • Scott Rolen
  • Roy Halladay
  • Todd Helton

You can make the argument for all 4 of these, but again, I kept it to 10. With the way the game is evolving, it seems we’re seeing players put up numbers that, years ago, would almost guarantee induction. Players are bigger now, they’re stronger, so we subconsciously water their numbers down. Or at least that’s the explanation that I harbor for now.

There are voters out there who refuse to give a vote to the steroid gang. They’re completely within their rights to do so. A difference in opinion doesn’t mean one person is right and the other is wrong. It’s exactly that; a difference in opinion. It will be interesting to see who gets inducted and who will be left out. Then the arguments and name calling will commence, to no avail, before we all forget about it until next year. Aaaaah, sports.

I haven’t made it to Cooperstown yet, but it’s on my bucket list. I want to walk those halls, feel the excitement, and live baseball’s glorious past through the eyes of those who played the game. I’ll be there one day, hopefully soon. So who are your picks?

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