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Hall of Fame voting gets underway

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Nov 27, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Hall of Fame ballots went out this week to the 575 writers who have been members of the BBWAA for 10 years. The results will be announced on Jan. 8. A player must be on 75 percent of the ballots to gain induction.

Voters can select up to 10 players or nobody at all.

How are players evaluated? Here is what the BBWAA rule says:

Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.

The ballot:

Brady Anderson
Harold Baines
Rod Beck
Bert Blyleven
Dave Concepcion
Andre Dawson
Shawon Dunston
Chuck Finley
Travis Fryman
Rich “Goose” Gossage
Tommy John
David Justice
Chuck Knoblauch
Don Mattingly
Mark McGwire
Jack Morris
Dale Murphy
Robb Nen
Dave Parker
Tim Raines
Jim Rice
Jose Rijo
Lee Smith
Todd Stottlemyre
Alan Trammell

I have three years left before I am eligible to vote. If I had a vote this season, I would select these players:

Goose Gossage
Jack Morris
Jim Rice

And that’s it. I wavered on Lee Smith. But I plan to be conservative with my selections once I get to vote and I don’t plan on making any statistical plateau such as 500 home runs an “automatic” reason to pick somebody. I also don’t subscribe to the idea that certain players need to wait to get in. You’re either a Hall of Famer or not.

As for Mark McGwire, I’m not sure he would get my vote regardless of his involvement with performance-enhancing drugs. But the rule does mention integrity, sportsmanship and character.

Who would you select?




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