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Monday, July 16th, 2018



So here they are: the next group of candidates on the ballot for the baseballl Hall of Fame. My selections are in bold.

• Harold Baines
• Albert Belle
• Dante Bichette
Bert Blyleven
• Bobby Bonilla
• Scott Brosius
• Jay Buhner
• Ken Caminiti
• Jose Canseco
• Dave Concepcion
• Eric Davis
• Andre Dawson
• Tony Fernandez
• Steve Garvey
• Rich Gossage
Tony Gwynn
• Orel Hershiser
• Tommy John
• Wally Joyner
• Don Mattingly
• Mark McGwire
Jack Morris
• Dale Murphy
• Paul O’Neill
• Dave Parker
Jim Rice
Cal Ripken Jr.
• Bret Saberhagen
• Lee Smith
• Alan Trammell
• Devon White
• Bobby Witt

The debate is long and wide. If the chemically-enhanced are to be voted in then add McGwire to the list.

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  • Schmidty

    That’s a big class there Zoner. Hopefully it really becomes one since the wife and I are taking our daughter to Cooperstown for induction weekend since Ripken and Gwynn were two of my favorites growing up. In full disclosure, Mark McGwire was my second favorite player, and that’s the reason five years ago we talked about going. Unfortunately he made an ass out of himself in Congress last year and likely won’t make the cut. Add me to the list of those who think he might as well be voted in. We’ll never know who did/didn’t juice and it’s not fair to judge without that proof. And while “character” is listed on the ballot, it’s also a vote of players to get in compared to their contemporaries. If that’s the case, it’s the steroid era and guys will be judged against their peers…many of whom were also juicing. Yes, unfair to the guys who didn’t do it, but that’s my two cents.
    My vote would take Blyleven and Morris off your list and add Dawson. And my trip in July would be extra-special if my FAVORITE player got voted in…Mark Grace…the anti-juicer whose fuel consisted of beer and Marlboros. :)

  • http://courtjester.livejournal.com Mike O’Donnell

    Curious-Why Rice and not the Hawk? What have you come to grips with about it?

    And yes, Schmidty, Gracie was the best.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Here is the case for Rice: http://zonersports.com/?p=221

    As for the Hawk, I was seeing it too much from a Cubs perspective and not a baseball perspective. He had 2 possibly 3 great seasons. The rest were just good. He might get in.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    I forgot to mention Blyleven. Almost made it to 300 wins. Struck out 3700. Almost 5000 innings pitched. 60 shutouts, 242 complete games. Top 10 in ERA 10 times. Top ten in wins 6 times. His adjusted ERA is great too.

    It might be a case of extended career without the dominant seasons.

  • http://completesports.blogspot.com twins15

    It’s an absolute crime that Bert still isn’t in the Hall. One of the top 25 pitchers of all time.

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