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HOF ballot – vote early and often – and links!

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Nov. 29, 2009 at 8:02 am with 6 Comments »
November 29, 2009 8:02 am

 When the Hall of Fame ballots get to the writers who qualify as voters, they include space to vote for as many as 10 candidates, though hardly anyone ever does.

In fact, the beloved columnist John McGrath and I are usually in the minority – we almost always find more than two candidates worth voting for.

Most of us do our due diligence as new names pop up each year, looking at statistics, comparing those of the candidates to those already enshrined, and doing a lot of thinking. Integrity is a criteria, but it’s one open to interpretation.

Here are the 2010 candidates for the Hall of Fame: Roberto Alomar, Kevin Appier, Harold Baines, Bert Blyleven, Ellis Burks, Andre Dawson, Andres Galarraga, Pat Hentgen, Mike Jackson, Eric Karros, Ray Lankford, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Tim Raines, Shane Reynolds, David Segui, Lee Smith, Alan Trammell, Robin Ventura, Todd Zeile.

I’ve got a bit more than a month to make my decision, and input is always welcome – as is debate. So give up your thoughts on how you’d vote, and feel free to make any case you choose.

The beauty and frustration of Hall of Fame votes and voters is there is no automatic qualifier – 3,000 hits, 500 home runs, 300 wins or 300 saves isn’t a requirement.

Talk to a dozen voters, you’re likely to come away with a half dozen ways of breaking down a Hall of Fame player. One has always been: Would current HOFers want this fellow as a teammate? Was he the kind of player who made even great teams better? Did he serve the game as well as his own numbers?

So please, vote. And make your case, in as many or as few words as you choose. As we get closer to the deadline next month, I’ll let you know how Mr. McGrath and I voted.

Now, a few links:

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  1. bigmike04 says:

    Roberto Alomar, Kevin Appier, Harold Baines, Bert Blyleven, Ellis Burks, Andre Dawson, Andres Galarraga, Pat Hentgen, Mike Jackson, Eric Karros, Ray Lankford, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Tim Raines, Shane Reynolds, David Segui, Lee Smith, Alan Trammell, Robin Ventura, Todd Zeile.

    IF it was my voted than here would be my choices
    Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven, Lee Smith as he is in top 3 Closer was should have been long time ago before Trevor Hofferman pass him, Don Mattingly, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Tim Raines.

    Why is Kevin Appier, Shane Reynolds, David Steroid Segui on the list??? All 3 guys were never hall of fame material.. If Mark McGwire goes in than Pete Rose should have been in before him, so I can’t wait until Bud step down as just maybe the new commish would have the coconuts to unban one of great hitters in Pete Rose.

    Ask yourself this what is worst taking steroids or gambling on your own team as manager. The guy as player should have been in hall of fame but if Hall of fame let in Steroids players than their is something wrong with them.

  2. Hmm…. my initial thoughts are yes on

    Edgar Martinez
    Mark McGwire (I think steroids are a non issue & he does have the HR record.)

    Being very short on sleep at the moment will have to come back to add others.

  3. bigmike04 says:

    Steroids are big issues

    Thought Mark McGwire shouldn’t go in hall of fame before Pete rose, thought I do say this Bonds, McGwire and A-Rod should not be in hall of fame for their using steroids or in A-Rod case still could be take them.

  4. wollochetkayak says:

    Roberto Alomar: Best 2nd bagger of his generation.
    Bert Blyleven: HOF stats and a curve ball that is arguably the best ever
    Barry Larkin: 11 time all-star, enuff said
    Edgar Martinez: No doubt about it had he played in a bigger market
    Mark McGwire: underrated glove and a great guy
    Jack Morris: best big game pitcher in a generation
    Dale Murphy: arguably the best power hitter in the 1980′s
    Lee Smith: best closer for a 10-year run
    Alan Trammell: same as Edgar

  5. pgrahlfs says:

    No love for Barry Larkin?

  6. bigmike04 says:

    where Barry Larkin love as he is same league as Edgar one time for whole career.

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