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
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.
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