Ah, yes. After-Baseball season, when drama falls from the sky like rain and hot takes are thrown around willy-nilly. This week in particular is usually a busy one for baseball fans, but the most important thing that happens around this time is the announcement of the Hall of Fame Ballot.
This year, we have so many first time guys on the list who are either sure fire entries or at least have an argument to be on the ballot. Plus, we have returning candidates who are worthy as well.
Most notably on this year’s ballot are Chipper Jones and Jim Thome, who if you ask me are no brainers. And then, of course, we have the return of Mike Mussina, who should have been in YEARS AGO but is still languishing on the ballot. Guys, if Jonah Keri can get Tim Raines into the Hall, we can get Moose in there, too. So I’m proud to announce that once again this year, we are going to usher forth another season of…
This year’s ballot, without further ado:
New to the BBWAA Ballot: Andruw Jones, Chipper Jones, Hideki Matsui, Jim Thome, Johan Santana, Omar Vizquel, Chris Carpenter, Johnny Damon, Liván Hernández, Orlando Hudson, Aubrey Huff, Jason Isringhausen, Carlos Lee, Brad Lidge, Kevin Millwood, Jamie Moyer, Scott Rolen, Kerry Wood and Carlos Zambrano.
Returning Nominees (with their vote tally and years on ballot per BBWAA):
- Trevor Hoffman
- Vladimir Guerrero
- Edgar Martínez
- Roger Clemens
- Barry Bonds
- Mike Mussina
- Curt Schilling
- Manny Ramírez
- Larry Walker
- Fred McGriff
- Jeff Kent
- Gary Sheffield
- Billy Wagner
- Sammy Sosa
So, FI Fam, who would you vote for? Which hard decisions would you make to leave someone off the ballot (you get 10 votes per year)? Are you willing to face my wrath if you neglect Moose? Let’s discuss it below.