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The News Tribune’s baseball hall of fame ballots – two votes for Edgar

Post by Ryan Divish on Dec. 31, 2009 at 4:07 pm with 3 Comments »
December 31, 2009 4:47 pm


As I mentioned the other day, I don’t yet have a vote for the baseball hall of fame. You need to be a member of the BBWAA for 10 years, I’m only on year three. So while I can still have my youthful good looks to hit on college co-eds, I can’t vote on baseball’s most hallowed honor.

However, two of my co-workers can vote. And I asked them to share their ballots in order of full disclosure, and for something for me to post on the blog.

So here they are in alphabetical order.

Larry LaRue, Mariners writer

  • Roberto Alomar
  • Harold Baines
  • Bert Blyleven
  • Andre Dawson
  • Mark McGwire
  • Edgar Martinez
  • Tim Raines
  • Lee Smith

John McGrath, News Tribune columnist

  • Robbie Alomar
  • Bert Blyleven
  • Andre Dawson
  • Barry Larkin
  • Edgar Martinez
  • Fred McGriff
  • Dale Murphy
  • Tim Raines
  • Lee Smith
  • Alan Trammell

John also sent this note ….

Obviously, I’m a “big hall” proponent, and the folks who believe Cooperstown should be off limits to everybody but “The Best of the Best” can find fault with every name on that list. I guess it depends on
what your definition of “elite” is. I’ve chosen 10 guys whose careers spanned from 1970 (Blyleven’s rookie season) to 2004. That’s 34 years.

In other words, I’ve voted for fewer than four players per decade.

Isn’t that elite?

The borderline guys for me were McGriff and Murphy. McGriff gets downgraded by critics because he never finished better than fourth in the MVP vote. I dunno. He led the league with 36 home runs in 1989

(pre-steroid era); nobody else on his Blue Jays team hit more than 18. The Jays went to the playoffs, and the despicable George Bell was named the AL MVP because he drove in 104 runs. (McGriff had 92 RBI, and finished sixth.) Anyway, McGriff’s power numbers took a nosedive right around the time Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro’s numbers began to soar.

Connect the dots.

As for Murphy, he was the best player in baseball for two straight years…in the history of the game, how many guys have owned that distinction? I covered the Braves during Murphy’s MVP seasons of ’82 and ’83, and I can guarantee you nobody was more admired by teammates and opponents alike.

I’m planning on writing a column on my selections sometime next week.
Happy New Year!

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. snydro22 says:

    Bar skanks, crown, and fondue, oh my!

  2. westside_guy says:

    I appreciate the fact that Larry and John were both willing to share their Hall of Fame ballots. Given the flack that some people get about their choices (and deservedly so at times), I am surprised so many sportswriters are willing to share this info.

  3. DoctorEvil says:

    Those who won’t vote for Edgar are idiots. Their lame excuse is that he didn’t play defense, and there’s at least two things wrong with that…
    First, he did play 3rd base for part of his career.
    Second, most of the other power hitters in The Hall didn’t play defense either– but since they had to keep their bats in the lineup the managers stuck them at whatever position they would least hurt the team defensively (1B, OF).

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