Baseball Hall of Fame - 2019 Edition

12/27/2018 9:10 pm
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It's time for my Sixteenth annual "If I had a Hall of Fame Vote" post.

My previous ballots:
2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018

A few reminders:
1. Voters can vote for up to ten players.
2. I'm a "Big Hall" guy so I voted for ten.
3. I reserve the right not to have reasonable explanations for any or all of my selections.
4. To be inducted, players need to be named on 75% of the ballots cast.
5. The real results will be announced on January 22nd.

Eligible Players:

Holdovers from last year - Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Andruw Jones, Jeff Kent, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Mike Mussina, Manny Ramirez, Scott Rolen, Curt Schilling, Gary Sheffield, Sammy Sosa, Omar Vizquel, Billy Wagner, Larry Walker

First-timers - Rick Ankiel, Jason Bay, Lance Berkman, Freddy Garcia, Jon Garland, Travis Hafner, Roy Halladay, Todd Helton, Ted Lilly, Derek Lowe, Darren Oliver, Roy Oswalt, Andy Pettite, Juan Pierre, Placido Polanco, Mariano Rivera, Miguel Tejada, Vernon Wells, Kevin Youkilis, Michael Young

Go to Baseball Reference for player stats.

My Ballot:

Barry Bonds - Eligible since 2013; 7th time on my ballot ('13-'19)
Roger Clemens - Eligible since 2013; 7th time on my ballot ('13-'19)
Roy Halladay - Eligible since 2019; 1st time on my ballot ('19)
Edgar Martinez - Eligible since 2010; 9th time on my ballot ('10-'13,'15-'19)
Fred McGriff - Eligible since 2010; 4th time on my ballot ('10-'12,'19)
Mike Mussina - Eligible since 2014; 4th time on my ballot ('16-'19)
Mariano Rivera - Eligible since 2019; 1st time on my ballot ('19)
Scott Rolen - Eligible since 2018; 1st time on my ballot ('19)
Curt Schilling - Eligible since 2013; 5th time on my ballot ('13,'16-'19)
Larry Walker - Eligible since 2011; 4th time on my ballot ('12,'17-'19)

Dropped from last year's ballot:
Vladimir Guerrero (elected)
Chipper Jones (elected)
Johan Santana (lost eligibility)
Jim Thome (elected)

Added this year:
Fred McGriff (back in top ten)
Roy Halladay (first-time eligible)
Mariano Rivera (first-time eligible)
Scott Rolen (first-time in top ten)

Eligible, and voted for in the past, but not this year:
thumbnailCAW1I0O3.gifMatt - 3875 Posts
12/27/2018 @ 09:23:43 PM
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Lee Smith and Harold Baines were already elected by the the Veterans Committee.

If I had unlimited ballot spots, I would have likely also voted for: Andruw Jones, Jeff Kent, Manny Ramirez, Gary Sheffield, Sammy Sosa, Todd Helton, and Andy Pettitte.

A case could also be made for: Omar Vizquel, Billy Wagner, Lance Berkman, Roy Oswalt, and Miguel Tejada.
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Matt screwed with this at 12/27/2018 9:48:46 pm
sarah.jpgSarah - 4605 Posts
12/29/2018 @ 12:39:09 PM
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Why isn't Joe on your list?
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thumbnailCAW1I0O3.gifMatt - 3875 Posts
12/29/2018 @ 07:51:44 PM
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Sarah Wrote - Today @ 12:39:09 PM
Why isn't Joe on your list?

Character issues
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2887.gifAlex - Refactor Mercilessly
12/31/2018 @ 11:51:48 AM
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Top ten:
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Mike Mussina
Larry Walker
Roy Halladay (new)
Curt Schilling
Andrew Jones
Scott Rolen
Todd Helton (new)
Mariano Rivera (new)

Dropped from last year – elected:
Chipper Jones
Jim Thome

Dropped from last year – 10 vote limit:
Edgar Martinez

Additional votes:
Edgar Martinez
Manny Ramirez
Sammy Sosa
Jeff Kent
Gary Sheffield

My perpetual era ballot (since 2000):
Kevin Brown
Bret Saberhagen
Luis Tiant
Kenny Lofton
Lou Whitaker
Dave Stieb
Kevin Appier
David Cone
Keith Hernandez
Chuck Finley
Rafael Palmeiro
Jim Edmonds
Mark McGwire
Johan Santana
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matt.jpgMatt - 3875 Posts
01/22/2019 @ 05:20:59 PM
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Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Roy Halladay, and Mariano Rivera elected to the Hall of Fame.
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