I don’t get a Hall of Fame ballot, but I did vote. I was one of 89 voters send a ballot from Outsider Baseball Bulletin, in junction with Seamheads Baseball. These are SABR guys with respectable baseball journals.
Though we were allowed to vote for ten, I only voted for four. In many ways the results were predictable, but not without a surprise or two. I voted for Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza, and Edgar Martinez.
Here are the results. Only one player received the needed percentile to be embalmed-excuse me, I meant entombed-no thats not it, I mean enshrined-in the Hall of Fame. That player was-drum roll-Craig Biggio. Biggio received 79.8%.
There was a big drop off to second with Jeff Bagwell garnering only 59.6%, Mike Piazza and Tim Raines tied for third with 56.2 and Barry Bonds rounded out the top five with only 43.8%. It is obvious that despite his great Hall of Fame numbers, Barry is not liked, nor is he believed, or trusted. He used steroids, or aspirin, or some kind of juice. At least everyone thinks so. But Jeff Bagwell has been caught in a wide sweeping net. There is no evidence, no rumors, no nothing, to suggest he was juiced. I was surprised his percentage was so low.
The next five are Alan Trammell 42.7%; Roger Clemens 41.6%; Edgar Martinez 34.8%; Jack Morris 30.3%; and Mark McQwire 25.8%. This group of voters dislike Roger more than Barry, and McQwire is an afterthought. Edgar should be in the Hall of Fame, but I doubt I will live that long.
The next five are Lee Smith 25.8%; Curt Schilling 23.6%; Dale Murphy 18%; Rafael Palmiero 15.7%; and Sammy Sosa 14.6%. Palmiero and Sosa both have Hall of Fame credentials, but Palmiero lied to Congress-not a nice thing to do and both he and Sosa are in the forefront of suspected juicers.
The last five are Fred McGriff 7.5%; Larry Walker and Don Mattingly 6.7%; Bernie Williams and Kenny Lofton 4.5%.
All 20 players are worth considering for the Hall of Fame. All were stars, many the best at their position for their time. And that is a qualification for the Hall.
Everyone has a favorite player they think should be in the Hall, but Valhalla is for the great, not the very good. This is how we voted, agree or disagree. But the voting does seem to reflect what I here in sports radio, and from TV talking heads, from baseball writers, and the Seattle SeaGal cheerleaders. It will be interesting to see the actual voting and compare our voting with the Baseball Writers of America. I don’t think the variation will be shocking.