In January the Hall of Fame will announce it’s newest members as voted on by the baseball writers. There are 26 names on the ballot. Writers are allowed to vote for up to 10, but may leave the ballot blank.
This is one of the more interesting ballots in a long while. There is no clear-cut sure-fire gotta-go-in player on the ballot, but there are a lot of really nice players that show up on this one. On the theory that I would get 10 votes if I was a baseball writer, here’s the 10 men I’d support, in alphabetical order:
Roberto Alomar-arguably the finest 2nd baseman of his era.
Bert Blyleven-why the heck hasn’t he gotten in already?
Andre Dawson-the revelations of the steroid era make his numbers look even better than they did when he retired.
Barry Larkin-heck of a shortstop, good hitter, pretty fair team leader, and an MVP.
Edgar Martinez-the epitome of a DH. They even named the award after him. Great, great hitter.
Don Mattingly-the personification of grit and determination on the ballfield. Short career, but great numbers in the career.
Fred McGriff-OK, he didn’t make it to 500 homers, but there’s no taint of steroids on him. Led league in home runs twice, key component on the Braves winning teams of the 1990s. He gets dispensation from those horrid baseball drills commercials he made. As a spokesman, Fred made a great 1st baseman.
Dale Murphy-2 time MVP, great hitter, good center fielder, just short of 400 home runs.
Tim Raines-has a batting title and was a great baserunner. His nomad phase will probably hurt his chances.
Alan Trammell-OK, ignore the managing and look at the player. He was great shortstop and a fine hitter, losing the MVP vote to George Bell once.
There are a couple of others I’d like to see there (Morris, Ventura, Lee Smith), but I only get 10 votes.