It's time for the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) to turn in their ballots for the Hall of Fame inductees for 2014. This has become very interesting in the past few years because of PED's (steroids). Many baseball writers refuse to vote for guys who may have used PED's and therefore there are now lots of very qualified players eligible for the baseball hall of fame. Below are my choices for who I would vote in and who I think will actually make it, but first......here is the complete list of the 36 players who appears on the ballot this year. Don't read this list unless you're just dying to know all of the guys on the ballot. Skip down, where I've edited the list down to the 22 players with a reasonable shot of perhaps one day being voted in (sorry Jacque Jones, Paul Lo Duca and Mike Timlin, but you guys have zero chance).
Lo Duca, Paul
Here is the list of dudes that actually have a shot someday, (probably not Mattingly and McGriff, but I just couldn't make myself delete them.)
Each ballot can only have ten names, so every writer is forced to whittle this list down to no more than 10 names. If a player gets his name listed on 75% of the ballots, then he is inducted into the Hall of Fame. If his name is on less than 5% of the ballots then he is removed from the balloting FOREVER!
It used to be that if you had either 500 home runs or 3,000 hits in your career then you were basically automatically going to get in. However, with the steroid era bloating offensive numbers so much, those numbers don't quite carry the same weight as they once did, so the process becomes less mathematical.
Here is my ballot this year (if I had one).
Greg Maddux - the best pitcher of his generation. No link to PED's.
Tom Glavine - 300+ game winner, great competitor, did it with 10 million change ups.
Frank Thomas - beast, one of the greatest right handed hitters ever.
Barry Bonds - cheater, but even without PED's he still would have been the rare 400 homer, 400 steal guy.
Craig Biggio - he only made it to 3,000 hits because he hung around so long, but the real story is he was an all star catcher and then became an all star 2nd basemen. His catching years put him over the top for me.
Jeff Bagwell - has to go in with Biggio, was a beast, basically the NL version of Frank Thomas for a time.
Tim Raines - absolute crime against the Hall of Fame that he isn't already in. Need to see why, click here.
Mike Piazza - greatest hitting catcher ever, by far. Not a PED guy.
Edgar Martinez - insanely great hitter. If there wasn't a DH, he would have played first base and would already be in.
Alan Trammel - Barry Larkin is in the Hall of Fame. Alan Trammel is better than him, quite a bit better. Longer argument for Trammel here.
Those are my 10, who are yours?
Here is who I think will make it this year: