Re: HOF ballot...who do you put in?
posted at 11/29/2013 4:35 PM EST
I would vote for NINE guys this year (in this order):
I think that people may be forgetting how dominant The Big Hurt was:
NINE time top 8 finisher in the MVP race, SEVEN times in a row, SIX times in the top 4
EIGHT times oWAR of 6.2 or better and FIVE times of 7.1 or better
He was dominant and was dominant for a long time. He was a big guy coming out of Auburn and did not appear to get significantly larger during his career. His career tailed off at the age of 32, with only 2 seasons of oWAR at 3.0 or better after that age (4.3 at age 35 and 3.1 at age 38).
WAR of 73.6, which is 81st overall and only trails the following position players from his prime:
Barry Bonds (lots of roids)
Alex Rodriguez (lots of roids)
Ken Griffey, Jr. (will be in)
Jeff Bagwell (should be in)
Chipper Jones (will be in)
Adjusted career OPS+ of a whopping 156, which is 20th all time and finished top 2 in OPS+ an incredible SEVEN times.
Although I would vote for more, I think that four make it this year:
Maddox (1st ballot)
Piazza (2nd ballot)
Biggio (2nd ballot)
Morris (15th and last ballot)
And these holders will make it in 2015:
Thomas (2nd ballot)
Glavine (2nd ballot)
Bagwell (5th ballot)