2017 Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

It’s that time of the year again – the Baseball Writers Association of America have released their Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the year. Nominees who are new to the ballot this year include:

  • Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez
  • Jorge Posada
  • Tim Wakefield
  • J.D. Drew
  • Jason Varitek
  • Vladimir Guerrero
  • Manny Ramirez
  • Derek Lee
  • Magglio Ordonez
  • Pat Burrell
  • Edgar Renteria

As always, there are also worthy nominees from years past on the ballot as well. This is the last year for Tim Raines and Lee Smith. If Raines and Smith do not enter via writer’s vote this year, they will have to take their chances with the Veteran’s Committee in the future. Other noteworthy holdovers include:

  • Curt Schilling
  • Jeff Bagwell
  • Billy Wagner
  • Roger Clemens
  • Barry Bonds
  • Larry Walker
  • Gary Sheffield
  • Trevor Hoffman
  • Edgar Martinez
  • Fred McGriff

Of the holdovers, this might be the year that Jeff Bagwell finally garners 75% of the vote and enters the Hall with his longtime teammate Craig Biggio. Last year, Bagwell received nearly 72%, just shy of the 3/4 needed. Tim Raines received 69% and Trevor Hoffman garnered 67%. Might these players get even closer to immortality?

moosewatch

It’s also the time of year to have another edition of…. MOOSE WATCH, my own personal crusade to champion Mike Mussina’s entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Hopefully this will be the year that Moose breaks through and gets over 50% of the ballots, if not an even bigger jump.

List your imaginary ballots below and let’s start talking about the vote!

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7 thoughts on “2017 Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

  1. My prediction:
    Bagwell is finally forgiven for lifting weights and being Ken Caminiti’s teammate and gets in with around 80% of the vote.

    Tim Raines is finally forgiven for playing at the same time as Rickey Henderson and continuing to play past his prime just because he loved the game and gets in with around 77% of the vote.

    Trevor Hoffman squeaks in right at 75%.

    None of the first ballot nominees gets in this year.

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    • None of the first ballot nominees overwhelms me – most are Hall of the Very Good candidates and I wonder how some (J D Drew?????) got in there in the first place. I mean, I made a really superb pot roast last night (poached in burgundy, beef stock and Worcestershire) that rolled everyone’s eyes up in their heads, and I’m not even mentioned.

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