Hall Of Fame Ballot

When the BBWAA voted Jim Rice into the Hall of Fame last year, they took a step that – to me – put the Hall beyond fixing. There are too many players in the HOF that shouldn’t be, and just as many deserving players on the outside looking in. Nevertheless, with voting season here and the Baseball Bloggers Alliance participating, I figured I’d toss in my two cents. We’re using the official ballot, but Lou Whitaker, Bobby Grich, and Ron Santo – who have already been taken off due to lack of support – should really be enshrined. So… on to the voting!

Roberto Alomar (2B) – YES

63.6 WAR, .300/.371/.443, 116 OPS+, 2724 H, 210 HR, 474 SB (81% success rate), 12 time All-Star, 10 Gold Gloves. Getting a chance to see him play for a few seasons in Baltimore was a pleasure. Just a great all-around player, who fell off a cliff too early to up his counting stats.

Kevin Appier (SP) – NO

50.4 WAR, 169-137, 3.74 ERA, 121 ERA+, 2.14 K/BB ratio, 1 time All-Star. Was a better pitcher than I remember.

Harold Baines (DH) – NO

36.9 WAR, .289/.356/.465, 120 OPS+, 2866 H, 384 HR, 6 time All-Star. “Professional hitter.” Just not enough, despite hanging around for a while.

Bert Blyleven (SP) – YES

90.1 WAR, 287-250, 3.31 ERA, 118 ERA+, 3701 K’s, 2.80 K/BB, 2 time All-Star. He was really, really good. 13th all-time in pitcher WAR.

Ellis Burks (CF) – NO

47.9 WAR, .291/.363/.510, 126 OPS+, 2107 H, 352 HR, 2 time All-Star, 1 Gold Glove. Went 30-30 (well, 40-32) in one year in Colorado. Was maybe better than Jim Rice.

Andre Dawson (RF) – NO

56.8 WAR, .279/.323/.482, 119 OPS+, 2627, 438 HR, 314 SB (74%), Rookie of the Year, MVP, 8 time All-Star, 8 Gold Gloves. That .323 OBP really kills me, but I wouldn’t be too upset if he got in. Playing more RF than CF in his career didn’t help though, and there are several much more deserving candidates.

Andres Galarraga (1B) – NO

26.8 WAR, .288/.347/.499, 118 OPS+, 2333 H, 399 HR, 5 time All-Star, 2 Gold Gloves. The Big Cat won a batting title (.370 in ’93), a home run crown (47 in ’96), and a couple of RBI titles (150 in ’96, 140 in ’97).

Pat Hentgen (SP) – NO

31.4 WAR, 131-112, 4.32 ERA, 108 ERA+, 1.66 K/BB, 3 time All-Star, Cy Young. He won a Cy Young award with an impressive 8.4 WAR season in ’96. Pitched pretty well as an Oriole too.

Mike Jackson (RP) – NO

18.1 WAR, 142 SV, 3.42 ERA, 125 ERA+, 2.17 K/BB. I forgot who Mike Jackson was.

Eric Karros (1B) – NO

9.1 WAR, .268/.325/.454, 107 OPS+, 1724 H, 284 HR, Rookie of the Year. Albert Pujols has at least (pending 2009) three individual seasons with a WAR higher than Karros’ career mark.

Ray Lankford (CF) – NO

38.4 WAR, .272/.364/.477, 122 OPS+, 1561 H, 238 HR, 258 SB (69%), 1 time All-Star .Was close enough to Jim Rice (41.4 WAR) that a couple more decent years might have gotten him there (though not into the Hall probably).

Barry Larkin (SS) – YES

68.8 WAR, .295/.371/.444, 116 OPS+, 2340 H, 198 HR, 379 SB (83%), MVP, 12 time All-Star, 3 Gold Gloves. I never really appreciated him when he played, but despite all the missed time he had a lot of really good seasons.

Edgar Martinez (DH) – YES

67.2 WAR, .312/.418/.515, 147 OPS+, 2247 H, 309 HR, 7 time All-Star. The guy could flat-out rake. Flat. Out. Rake.

Don Mattingley (1B) – NO

39.8 WAR, .307/.358/.471, 127 OPS+, 2153 H, 222 HR, MVP, 6 time All-Star, 9 Gold Gloves. Even giving him a bunch more credit for defense (added to his WAR), it’s still not enough. One of the best players in the league in his early years. Back injuries ruined what would have been a HOF career. But wasn’t.

Fred McGriff (1B) – NO

50.5 WAR, .284/.377/.509, 134 OPS+, 2490 H, 493 HR, 5 time All-Star. Won a couple of home run crowns despite having a career high of just 37 HR. Hit more than 30 HR 10 times though. Career was all bat, and there wasn’t enough of it.

Mark McGwire (1B) – YES

63.2 WAR, .263/.394/.588, 162 OPS+, 1626 H, 583 HR, Rookie of the Year, 12 time All-Star, 1 Gold Glove. Don’t care about any “boost” he got to his game. Borderline-ish otherwise, but the historic context for the home runs puts him over the top.

Jack Morris (SP) – NO

39.3 WAR, 254-186, 3.90 ERA, 105 ERA+, 1.78 K/BB, 5 time All-Star. He was a good – not great – pitcher. Not even remotely close to worthy. Why don’t people get that?

Dale Murhpy (CF) – NO

44.4 WAR, .265/.346/.469, 121 OPS+, 2111 H, 398 HR, 2 time MVP, 7 time All-Star, 5 Gold Gloves. Was a beast during his peak, but just couldn’t hang around long enough.

Dave Parker (RF) – NO

37.9 WAR, .290/.339/.810, 121 OPS+, 2712 H, 339 HR, MVP, 7 time All-Star, 3 Gold Gloves. A few great seasons, and then that was pretty much it. Should thank Jim Rice for whatever support he gets.

Tim Raines (LF) – YES

64.9 WAR, .303/.413/.425, 123 OPS+, 2605 HR, 170 HR, 808 SB (85%), 7 time All-Star. Raines30. He’s not Rickey Henderson, but he was still a great player.

Shane Reynolds (SP) – NO

15.6 WAR, 114-96, 4.09 ERA, 103 ERA+, 3.35 K/BB, 1 time All-Star. Once won 19 games. That’s pretty impressive. League leading 1.4 BB/9 in ’99 as well.

David Segui (1B) – NO

7.8 WAR, .291/.359/.443, 110 OPS+, 1412 H, 139 HR. Three seasons of more than 3 WAR, with a career high of 2.8. Hahahahaha.

Lee Smith (RP) – NO

30.3 WAR, 3.03 ERA, 131 ERA+, 478 SV, 7 time All-Star. Actually pretty good by relief pitcher standards, but I just can’t quite bring myself to do it.

Alan Trammell (SS) – YES

66.8 WAR, .285/.352/.415, 110 OPS+, 2365 H, 185 HR, 6 time All-Star, 4 Gold Gloves. Should’ve won an MVP award too. How has he been so underappreciated for this long?

Robin Ventura (3B) – NO

55.1 WAR, .267/.362/.444, 114 OPS+, 1885 H, 294 HR, 2 time All-Star, 6 Gold Gloves. Had a better case than I expected. I didn’t know he was that good of a defender, to go along with the quality stick.

Todd Zeile (3B) – NO

15.1 WAR, .265/.346/.423, 103 OPS+, 2004 H, 253 HR. Had a slightly worse case than expected. I don’t know why, but it seemed to me that he was on the Orioles a lot longer than 29 games. Weird.

So to summarize, I’m voting for Robbie Alomar, Bert Blyleven, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Mark McGwire, Tim Raines, and Alan Trammell. They all deserve to get in, and I think at least all of them save perhaps Edgar and Trammell eventually will. Now it’s just a matter of waiting until the actual voting is done to start the complaints.