Your Official Hall of Fame Argument Post

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There are ten new names on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot this year; only Rickey Henderson is an absolute slam dunk. The rest of them? Feh. Anyone who votes for Ron Gant or Jay Bell gets immediately kicked out of the guild, I don't care that Bell bought you a RC Cola once or that you and Gant did lines off a stripper's thigh at the Gold Club. Voting for the Hall of Fame is a privilege and you writers are constantly blowing it.

That being said, my ballot would include check marks by the following names: Bert Blyleven, Rickey Henderson, Mark McGwire, Tim Raines, Lee Smith, and Alan Trammell. You can argue with me if you want, but you'd be wrong, so why bother? Jim Rice broke 70% last year so he will definitely get in this year, his final chance.

Here is the entire list, including holdovers from past years who earned enough votes to stay on the ballot:

  • Harold Baines
  • Jay Bell
  • Bert Blyleven
  • David Cone
  • Andre Dawson
  • Ron Gant
  • Mark Grace
  • Rickey Henderson
  • Tommy John
  • Don Mattingly
  • Mark McGwire
  • Jack Morris
  • Dale Murphy
  • Jesse Orosco
  • Dave Parker
  • Dan Plesac
  • Tim Raines
  • Jim Rice
  • Lee Smith
  • Alan Trammell
  • Greg Vaughn
  • Mo Vaughn
  • Matt Williams
  • Who you got?

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    Hendersen, Blyleven and I guess McGwire

    I'll give you a "meh" on Lee Smith, and a "still haven't wrapped my head around the moral implications of the steroid era" on McGwire, but otherwise, can't argue.

    Rice is going in because he played in Boston. Period.

    Also, should he be inducted, can I request that Blyleven drop a few F-bombs during his induction ceremony because he didn't know that it was going out live?


    I'll vote for Lee Smith not because I think he's HOF-worthy, but because Rollie Fingers and Goose Gossage are already there. Smith eats pieces of shit like Gossage for breakfast.

    I'd vote for John and Blyleven because their career numbers are pretty close to Jim Kaat's who should be in the HOF. fucking bullshit that Kaat is not in. Also, my NY Yankee bias votes for Mattingly.

    @ Rob:
    Yeah, that's kind of where I am on Smith. Guys with worse numbers are already in, plus, Smith could kill a man with his sneer.

    On a related note, Rollie Fingers's moustache could cure a variety of dermatological disorders, if you were willing to get close enough to touch it.

    Bert Blyleven, Andre Dawson, Rickey, McGwire, Jack Morris, Jim Rice, Lee Smith, Alan Trammell

    Morris is a reputation pick. He was a slightly above average pitcher for a long time, who pitched slightly worse than normal in the playoffs. Don't get me wrong -- that '91 series was awesome -- but that doesn't get you in the HOF.

    HoF has already been polluted with so many players who got in based on crap. OH HE GAVE GREAT INTERVIEWS!!1! HE HAD OK STATS BUT WAS "FEARED"!!1!

    Ergo, vote them all in. Especially Andre Dawson because we share a birthday with Jessica Simpson.

    Alan Trammell should be in for that Magnum P.I. cameo.

    Rickey Henderson's in, obviously, as America's foremost tenured illeist.

    @ Farthammer
    I like that criteria. I'm therefore voting for Matt Stairs when he retires, cause we share our b-day with noted hottie ... Ariel Sharon??? And cause he's fatter than me.

    Ariel Sharon will never get in the HoF because nobody on the BBWA likes vegetables.

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