Jumbo’s 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

hall-of-fame-2013-class1Unlike the BBWAA, I feel that I can make an educated and rational decision about the tough choices of the 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame class.

  • Each member can vote for 0 to 10 players.
  • The BBWAA is instructed to vote “based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.”
  • Since NOBODY knows for sure who used PEDs and who didn’t, it’s all or nothing. You either have to eliminate everybody who played in the steroids era or accept that the use of banned substances was rampant and put the deserving players of that era in.

Craig Biggio, 2B, Houston Astros 1988-2007

Biggio retired in 2007 a legend in Houston.  He was a 7-time All-Star and a 4-time Gold Glove winner.  His 3,060 hits ranks him 2oth overall and 3rd for 2B on the hit list.  His career holds up favorably to 1st year inductees Robin Yount and Tony Gwynn, so I don’t see a way that Biggio doesn’t get in.  I predict an 86% vote.

Mike Piazza, C, Dodgers, Mets, Marlins, Padres, A’s 1992-2007

tumblr_lnua61ozSs1qgbyz8o1_500Once you get past Piazza’s abysmal defense, you have the greatest hitting catcher the game has ever seen.  Piazza is the all-time leader in HR (427), SLG (.545) and OPS (.922) for catchers and ranks in the top 5 in most other categories.  The 12-time All-Star belongs in the HOF and there is no way the BBWAA keeps him out.  I predict an 85% vote.

Curt Schilling, SP, Orioles, Astros, Phillies, Diamondbacks, Red Sox 1988-2007

The best ‘Big Game’ pitcher in MLB history has to be in the HOF.  Schilling may not pass the numbers test at first glance, but his postseason resume is dominant.  His postseason record is 11-2 with a WHIP of .97 and his 3 World Series rings cements his resume.  That is all before you mention that Schilling’s 4.38 K/BB ratio is the best all-time.  He may not make it into the Hall of the 1st ballot, but Schilling is a hall of famer.  I predict he gets 78% of the vote.

Tim Raines, LF, Expos, White Sox, Yankees, A’s, Orioles, Marlins 1979-2002

It’s a damn shame that ‘Rock’ Raines is not already in the HOF, because he was one of the games best leadoff hitters.  Ranked 5th on the All-Time stolen base list with 808 steals, Raines also was a career .294 hitter and a 7-time All-Star.  Raines has been hurt by being compared to Rickey Henderson, but that isn’t fair.  Rickey may be the games greatest player and Raines deserved to be mentioned with Henderson for the 80’s.  I predict Raines gets 71% of the vote and fails to make it in once more.

The next group of players I would vote in are the 5 guys most referenced when people speak of the “Steroid Era”.  I feel that in the mid 80’s until the mid to late 2000’s steroids were being used by a high percentage of hitters and pitchers in MLB.  The league wasn’t testing for it and was not enforcing a PED policy that involved steroids or HGH.  I don’t think that the BBWAA will vote any of these players in this year and some of them may never get in.

Barry Bonds, LF, Pirates, Giants 1986-2007

Roger Clemens, SP, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees, Astros 1984-2007

If you need an explanation why the greatest hitter in the history of the game or the best right-handed pitcher of all-time should be in the Hall of Fame then you shouldn’t be reading this.  Both are among the top in the game and the Hall of Fame will never be the Hall of Fame until they are in it.  Neither ever failed a test or were caught violating league rules.  Vote them in or shut down the Hall.

Mark McGwire, 1B, A’s, Cardinals 1986-2001

Sammy Sosa, RF, Rangers, White Sox, Cubs, Orioles 1989-2007

020600mcgwireThe 136 HRs these 2 hit in 1998 were the most important HRs in baseball.  The game was still reeling from the baseball strike and the McGwire/Sosa HR chase to 61 brought the game back.  They saved the game and now the baseball writers want to disregard their contributions because they feel they tainted the game with their suspected PED use.  They just don’t belong in the HOF, they belong in their own wing with Cal Ripken for bringing the fans back to baseball.

The last guy I would vote in one player that will never get in because he failed a PED test during the time that the MLB was testing for them.

Rafael Palmeiro, 1B, Cubs, Rangers, Orioles 1986-2005

Palmeiro in one of only 4 members of the 500 HR/3,000 Hit Club (Aaron, Mays and Murray) and 100% belongs in the HOF.  The thing keeping Palmeiro out of the Hall is that he was the 7th player and the first big name player to test positive for PEDs back in 2005.  This has left Palmeiro being remembered as a finger-pointing liar instead of one of the games best sluggers.

These are the 9 players that I would vote in if I had a vote for the Hall of Fame Class of 2013.  Do you agree with my choices or do you feel that the stars from the ‘steriod era’ don’t belong in the Hall of Fame?  Who did I leave out?  Do you think that Jack Morris or Dale Murphy deserve a nod?  Let me know.

List of all the players that are available for the 2013 ballot.

jack-morris-ap22013: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Craig Biggio, Curt Schilling, Sammy Sosa, Mike Piazza, Kenny Lofton, David Wells, Julio Franco, Shawn Green, Steve Finley, Roberto Hernandez, Jeff Cirillo, Jose Valentin, Reggie Sanders, Jeff Conine, Jose Mesa, Royce Clayton, Bob Wickman, Ryan Klesko, Aaron Sele, Woody Williams, Rondell White, Mike Lieberthal, Tony Batista, Mike Stanton, Sandy Alomar Jr., Damian Miller, Todd Walker

**The following players received between 5 and 74 percent of the BBWAA vote in 2012 and have appeared on no more than 14 previous BBWAA ballots, making them eligible to return to the 2013 ballot: Jeff Bagwell, Edgar Martinez, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Rafael Palmeiro, Tim Raines, Lee Smith, Alan Trammell, Larry Walker and Bernie Williams.

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