Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Rating baseball's Hall of Fame candidates

A week and a day away! I'm rooting for Bert.

Ranking the candidates

. Best bets for the Class of 2010

Andre Dawson: Got 67 percent of the vote last year, the most of anyone not elected. In four of the last five years, the player with the most returning votes has been elected.

Bert Blyleven: Had 62.7 percent of the vote last year. Eventually, 287 wins and 3,701 strikeouts will get him in.

Edgar Martinez: First year on the ballot. A short career and being stuck at DH will hurt, but a .418 on-base percentage is hard to ignore.

Roberto Alomar: First year. Make 12 All-Star teams and you're going in sooner rather than later.

Barry Larkin: First year. Also has 12 All-Star appearances, and an MVP award for good measure.

. Maybe someday, but not this time

Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Tim Raines, Lee Smith

. Only way they get in is with a ticket

Kevin Appier, Harold Baines, Ellis Burks, Andres Galarraga, Pat Hentgen, Mike Jackson, Eric Karros, Ray Lankford, Don Mattingly, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Shane Reynolds, David Segui, Alan Trammell, Robin Ventura, Todd Zeile



Bruce Robison said...

I agree about Blyleven, and Bobbie Alomar and Barry Larkin both seem like pretty good candidates. Jack Morris is marginal, but he did pitch a perfect game . . . .

Bruce Robison said...

I misspoke. Morris no-hit the White Sox, but it wasn't perfect. I remember watching the game in the commons room at seminary on what, in those days, passed for a big-screen t.v. He was a very strong pitcher.

Charley said...

I'm hoping for two long-time deserving balloters to get what they finally deserve, Andre Dawson and Bert Blyleven.

Dawson, one of three players with 400 HRs, 300 SBs. Does really any more than that need to be said?

Blyleven, 287 wins during a career in which he only pitched for three-play-off teams.

I would also vote for Lee Smith and Tim Raines. Smith set the saves bar for Rivera and Hoffman to reach. If there was no Rickey Henderson, Raines would already be a Hall of Famer. He just got out-shadowed in the 80s.

Andre Dawson for the Hall of Fame