In the interest of full disclosure, News Tribune columnist John McGrath submitted me his 2013 hall of fame vote with a few explanations for his selections …
My Hall of Fame ballot…
Craig Biggio: An All-Star catcher and a Gold Glove second baseman with 3,060 career hits, and yet he wasn’t even the best player on his own Astros team.
Jeff Bagwell: He was.
Mike Piazza: As is the case with Bagwell, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that Piazza’s numbers were inflated by performance enhancers. But I can only evaluate the evidence at hand.
Tim Raines: Among the NL’s five best players between 1983 and ’87, “Rock” performed in four decades — and was a game-changing threat during two of them.
Curt Schilling: Three-time World Series champion had career strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.38-1 — second only to Tommy Bond, who retired in ’84. (Uh, 1884.)
Edgar Martinez: His swing, circa 1995, belongs in every baseball instructional video.
Alan Trammell: Terrific shortstop received only 33.6 percent of the vote…too bad he didn’t have more monster seasons like 1987 (.343/.402/.551, with 28 homers and 105 RBI).
Larry Walker: Impressive stats, but he spent the first five years of his career off the map in Montreal, and the next five years in Colorado, where offensive achievements still are subject to altitude adjustment.
Dale Murphy: His Nice Guy image, while accurate, obscures the fact he was among the best all-around players of the 1980s.
Don Mattingly: During Donnie Baseball’s 13-year career, he had only one season when he hit LESS than .288.