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Make Your Hall Of Fame Vote!

Posted on: December 6, 2008 7:48 am
Edited on: December 6, 2008 8:20 am
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Regardless of your thoughts about Rickey Henderson, there are two indisputable facts: 1) He is a sure fire first ballot Hall of Famer and 2) He could make you scratch your head with some of his quotes.

With Ricky Henderson on the HOF ballot, here was a good read on "The 25 Best Ricky Henderson Stories"

No, I am not a member of the BBWAA, but over on Dugot Central, they actually had a pretty interesting exercise this past week. Each of the writers at DC were asked to submit their selections for the Hall of Fame by noon Friday, Dec. 5th.

The players up for induction are as follows:

  • Harold Baines
  • Jay Bell
  • Bert Blyleven
  • David Cone
  • Andre Dawson
  • Ron Gant
  • Mark Grace
  • Rickey Henderson - all-time leader in runs (2,295) & stolen bases (1,406) plus 81 leadoff HRs to lead off a game; 3,055 hits including 297 HRS. 1 MVP award; 2x World Series champ; single-season stolen-base record of 130 in 1982
  • Tommy John - 15th and final appearance
  • Don Mattingly
  • Mark McGwire
  • Jack Morris
  • Dale Murphy
  • Jesse Orosco
  • Dave Parker
  • Dan Plesac
  • Tim Raines
  • Jim Rice - 15th and final appearance, .298 career hitter with 382 home runs and 1,451 RBIs
  • Lee Smith
  • Alan Trammell
  • Greg Vaughn
  • Mo Vaughn
  • Matt Williams

The fun part is that my contemporaries are starting to show up on the ballot. I have always heard how great Tom Seaver was, but I never actually saw him pitch live. I can now weigh in on just about 90% of the players on the ballot.

SO SUBMIT YOUR BALLOT here on CBSsports.com

2008 results (scoll down) The 2009 class will be announced on Jan. 12, 2009

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Category: MLB
Tags: Hall Of Fame
 
Comments

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2008 2:39 pm
 

Make Your Hall Of Fame Vote!

I'll bite.

As a Mets fan, I have to vote for Mo Vaugn for those years of great service. (Cough)

Actually in this order for me.

Yes -
1) Rickey Henderson - Obvious and no need for explanation - first ballot kind of guy (even if I am not a fan)


That's it.
Maybes
1) Bert Blyleven - Great K numbers and good postseason stats when there. ERA in mid-low 3's good WHIP for career. Top 10 in ERA on 10 occasions and in wins on 6. He needs more wins for the length of his career for me. His win % is 53.4%

2) Jack Morris - One of the dominant pitchers of the 80s and early 90s. Pitched huge in the postseason and had landmark World Series starts. His 84 and 91 postseason runs were   great and he finished top 5 in wins 9 times in the AL. Top 10 in Cy Young 7 times. Win % at 57.7% needs to be higher. Some question Pedro's HOF worthiness and his % sits at 68.4 %.

3) Jim Rice is iffy. His numbers look really good for the era. Good batting average (.298) and slugging percentage (.502) for career woud have been better if he retired earlier. He had 6 top 5 finishes in MVP and buckets of tp 10 finishes in HR, Batting, and slugging. He was also up there in Ks as well. His lack of real postseason success hurts him. Give him a good postseason and he's in without it he's a maybe. He will probably make it due to his last time situation.

But for me,if you're a maybe then you are really a no.


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