There needs to be some major changes in the BBWA this year. As a fan of baseball, I am sick and tired of seeing the nonsense that these so called “experts” spew. Voting for the Hall of Fame is not that hard. There are certain candidates who universally should be voted in like Greg Maddux. Unfortunately, some morons will undoubtedly leave Maddux off of their ballot. Those individuals should have their voting rights revoked immediately. Now that my rant is over, I’ll go on to my ballot. Everyone in my no brainer category should be voted in this year. If they are not, a lot of voters need to be fired. I have used all 10 votes:
- Greg Maddux: 5008.1 IP, 355 Wins, 3.16 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 3371 Ks,
4 Cy Young Awards, 18 Gold Gloves
– No elaboration needed here, he should get 100% of the vote
2. Frank Thomas: 2468 Hits, 1494 Runs, 521 HR, 1704 RBI, .974 OPS, 2 MVPs
– Big Hurt is one of the all-time great hitters. He reached the 500 HR and 1500 RBI milestones for power hitters and has the 14th highest OPS in history.
3. Craig Biggio: 3060 Hits, 1844 Runs, 291 HR, 1175 RBI, 414 SB, .796 OPS,
5 Silver Sluggers, 4 Gold Gloves
– It was an absolute disgrace that Biggio did not get in last year. Not only was great defensively and offensively, but he also reached the 3000 hit milestone and is one of 2 players in history to reach 3000 hits – 250 HR – 400 SB.
4. Jeff Bagwell: 2314 Hits, 1517 Runs, 449 HR, 1529 RBI, 202 SB, .948 OPS, 1 MVP,
3 Silver Sluggers, 1 Gold Glove
– The guy didn’t take steroids. It’s unfair to keep a guy out on pure speculation. If evidence comes out that he is a steroid user, take his plaque away. Until then, his mind blowing numbers speak for themselves.
5. Mike Piazza: 2314 Hits, 1048 Runs, 427 HR, 1355 RBI, .922 OPS, 10 Silver Sluggers
– Same thing as Bagwell. Speculation with zero evidence is a terrible reason to keep someone out. He is the best offensive catcher in history. He belongs in the hall.
6. Tom Glavine: 4413.1 IP, 305 Wins, 3.54 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 2607 Ks, 2 Cy Youngs,
1 WS MVP, 4 Silver Sluggers
– 4000 IP? Check. 300 Wins? Check. Hardware? Check. ERA below 3.5? Close enough. Glavine is an obvious HOF candidate.
7. Jeff Kent: 2461 Hits, 1320 Runs, 377 HR, 1518 RBI, .855 OPS, 1 MVP,
4 Silver Sluggers
– One of the greatest offensive 2nd basemen of all time. He’s also got an MVP award to go along with excellent career numbers.
8. Mike Mussina: 3562.2 IP, 270 Wins, 3.68 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 2813 Ks, 7 Gold Gloves
– Mussina hasn’t reached any major milestones, but he has put together a pretty amazing career. The guy’s numbers would’ve been considerably better if he didn’t make his living during the steroid era.
9. Larry Walker: 2160 Hits, 1355 Runs, 383 HR, 1311 RBI, 230 SB, .965 OPS, 1 MVP
7 Gold Gloves, 3 Silver Sluggers
– Walker is definitely on the low side for career totals, but there is no doubt that he was one of the best players in the game when he was there. The guy has plenty of hardware to back that up.
10. Tim Raines: 2605 Hits, 1571 Runs, 170 HR, 980 RBI, 808 SB, .810 OPS,
1 Silver Slugger
– I understand that chicks dig the long ball, but speed is never a weakness in baseball. He ranks 5th all-time in steals, and was pretty good in the other aspects of the game too. I know he lacks hardware, but his career was great.
I give my sincerest apologies to Curt Schilling and Fred McGriff. I would have voted for them if I had more votes.