Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Major League Baseball Hall of Fame Voting

The complete ballot, via the AP: Roberto Alomar, Carlos Baerga, Jeff Bagwell, Harold Baines, Bert Blyleven, Bret Boone, Kevin Brown, John Franco, Juan Gonzalez, Marquis Grissom, Lenny Harris, Bobby Higginson, Charles Johnson, Barry Larkin, Al Leiter, Edgar Martinez, Tino Martinez, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Raul Mondesi, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, John Olerud, Rafael Palmeiro, Dave Parker, Tim Raines, Kirk Rueter, Benito Santiago, Lee Smith, B.J. Surhoff, Alan Trammell, Larry Walker.

Blech. I'd say the only one who could be seen as a "real" Hall of Famer would be Roberto Alomar, but he's mostly remembered now for spitting in an umpire's face, so that won't help him. Maybe Larkin/Trammell for purely length of service/sentimental reasons, but they don't REALLY deserve to be in.

Hey look - I'm gonna reference myself!!!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Hall of My Ass

I see that in a few minutes MLB will announced this year's Hall of Fame class. Which of course means that for the last week we've been assaulted with Goose Gossage crying and whining to get in. I'm sorry, but if after 14 years the writers haven't voted you in, maybe you don't deserve it. The whole thing is such nonsense; I just read that a few years ago Gossage had 100 fewer votes than Jim Rice, and then all of a sudden last year he had 68 MORE than Rice. During which time, if I'm correct, neither one of these men were, you know...playing baseball. So this bullshit is really up to the whims and moods of the writers et al?

One thing that's been lost is that it's the Hall of FAME, not the Hall of Let's Have Baseball Experts Analyze Your Career for The Next Decade. IE your performace should transcend the sport itself, your name should be somewhat universal. I think the test of whether or not you should be voted in should be decided by none other than Sistatime herself. Each year they should read the names of the nominees to my sister, and if she has even remotely heard of your name, you're in. Otherwise, tough doodoo.

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