I have not written on this blog for about 18 months. Tomorrow the results of the Baseball hall of fame voting for the class of 2014 come out. Each voter can vote for up to 10 players. I am not a member of that association but each year I pretend to be and say who I would vote for If I had 10 votes 9 votes and down until we get to one, I also say what my actual ballot would look like.
This year there are 36 names on the ballot 19 for the first time, any of these players who get 75% of the vote or more we'll be elected into the hall of fame. Any players who get less than 5% of he vote will be removed from next years ballot. Anyone who gets between 5% and 75% will return 5 % the ballot until they a) receive 75 % or more of the vote, b) receive less than 5% of the vote or c) go 15 years on the ballot without being voted in. This year Jack Morris is on the ballot for the 15th year. From 2007 to 2013 his % of vote has increased each year. Last year he received.67.7 % of the vote 2nd only to Craig Biggio in his first year on the ballot. He received 68.2% of the vote last year. Joining Morris on the ballot for the third time or more are:
Don Mattingly 14th year on ballot 13.2% in 2013 highest % 28.2 in 2001 (1st year)
Alan Trammell 13th year on ballot 33.6% in 2013 highest % 36.8 in 2012 (11th year)
Lee Smith 12th year on ballot 47.8% in 2013 highest % 50.6 in 2012 (10th year)
Mark McGwire 8th year on ballot 16.9% in 2013 highest % 23.7 in 2010 (4th year)
Tim Raines 7th year on ballot 52.2% in 2013 is highest %
Edgar Martinez 5th year on ballot 35.9% in 2013 highest % 36.5 in 2012 (3rd year)
Fred McGriff 5th year on ballot 20.7% in 2013 highest % 23.9 in 2012 (3rd year)
Jeff Bagwell 4th year on ballot 59.6% in 2013 is highest %
Larry Walker 4th year on ballot 21.6% in 2013 highest % 22.9 in 2012 (2nd year)
Rafael Palmeiro 4th year on ballot 8.8% in 2013 highest % 12.6 in 2012 (2nd year)
Players, beside Biggio in their 2nd year of eligibility are:
Mike Piazza 57.8%, Curt Schilling 38.8%, Roger Clemens 37.6%, Barry Bonds 36.2% and Sammy Sosa 12.5%
On the ballot for the first time in 2014 are (in alphabetical order): Moises Alou, Armando Benitez, Sean Casey, Ray Durham, Eric Gagne, Tom Glavine, Luis Gonzalez, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Jeff Kent, Paul LoDuca, Greg Maddux, Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Kenny Rogers, Richie Sexson, J.T. Snow, Frank Thomas, and Mike Timlin.
Before I go into my 10 votes I want to say short words for two people one who won't be on the ballot next year and one for someone who should still be on the ballot.
1st Harold Baines - In 2011 in his 5th year on the ballot Baines received 4.8% of the vote and was removed from the ballot. I think that the 5% rule should be for the first 3 years and if you make less 5% after that you need to do so in consecutive years to be removed or a total of 3 years in non cpnsecutive years. I don't make the rules but Baines would be no less than my 4th vote on this years ballot if he was still elgible.
2nd Jack Morris - As I mentioned earlier this is his last year on the ballot, and if the ballot wasnt so stacked this year he'd have a good chance of getting in. I think last year was his best to make it and he fell short. He never did make it on my top 10. But since Bert Blyleven. If I did have 12 votes this year and Baines was still on the ballot I would go ahead and make a vote for Morris.
Here is how I would vote based on the 36 names on the ballot.
If I could vote for 10 players, my 10th vote would go to Larry Walker.
If I could vote for 9 players, my 9th vote would go to Fred McGriff.
If I could vote for 8 players, my 8th vote would go to Mike Piazza
I think if I had an official ballot I would vote for 7 or 8 playes. I am kind of wavering on Piazza so for now lets imagineHOF ballot had 7 places.
My 7th vote would go toJeff Bagwell
Limited to 6 my 6th vote would go to Lee Smith but when compared to my 5th vote Tom Glavine I could easily switch those 2 around.
My 4th vote would go to Craig Biggio
My 3rd vote would go to Tim Raines. 3 years ago Raines got my top vote so that says something about the two players ahead of him.
If I could only vote for who I thought were the 2 most HOF worthy players on this years ballot my 2nd vote wouldo go to Greg Maddux.
If I could only vote for 1 player from this years ballot, I would surely vote for Frank Thomas.
At this time I usually pick who I think will make the Hall. With so many worthy candidates it is hard to say. I know Maddux will make it and think 2 of the 5 following will join him: Biggio, Thomas, Glavine , Piazza and Bagwell for a total of 3 elected. 4 will not surprise me, nor would it totally surprise me if Morris squeaked in.
If my top 3 Top 3 Thomas, Maddux and Raines were the only ones to make it this year I'd be equally shocked as delighted. I don't generally see eye to eye with the HOF voters, but I'd be very glad if this year was an exception