My 2014 Hall of Fame Ballot (If I Had One)

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If, for some reason, you care what this lowly blogger’s Hall of Fame ballot for this year would be, please read on.

My ballot contains 10 names.  I don’t believe that the Hall of Fame is the holy grail of baseball immortality.  It’s a museum.  As such, the best players to have played the game belong in the hall of fame.

 

1.  Craig Biggio

While I don’t agree with Bill James that Craig Biggio is the 35th best baseball player of all time, I do think he is one of the greatest second basemen of all time and because of that he deserves to be in the Hall.

2.  Jeff Bagwell

He’s the only first baseman in the history of MLB to have a 30/30 season (he has two of them).  Since the integration of baseball in 1947, only Ted Williams and Jeff Bagwell have seasons in which they score 150 or more runs.  He might be the only five-tool first baseman in the history of the game.

3.  Mike Piazza

The greatest offensive catcher of all time.

4.  Tim Raines

Instead of me explaining why Raines belongs in the hall, read far better pieces than I could ever write by Joe Posnanski and Keith Law.

5.  Roger Clemens

Clemens’ 1997 season is one of only three in baseball history with 250IP, 275K, and a 200 ERA+.  The other two to do it? Walter Johnson and Old Hoss Radbourne.

6.  Barry Bonds

He’s hit more home runs than any player in MLB.  His 2004 season is ridiculous, even for a video game. He needs to be in the museum.

7.  Tom Glavine

8.  Greg Maddux

9.  Frank Thomas

10.  Curt Schilling

On the bubble:  Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Mike Mussina.  I would vote for these players had the ballot not been capped at 10.

Notably left off: Jack Morris.  Not only is he not Hall-worthy, he’s not even the best pitcher of the 80s – like so many people claim when attempting to support his case.

Dave Stieb
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  • Chill

    That there is a solid HoF ballot. Stieb > Morris.

  • Early

    Barry Bonds is already in the museum. Along with baseballs and bats and other relics. I see the Hall of Fame and the Museum as two wholly different identities that just happen to share a roof. One is a political entity and the other is factual.