Examining the 2019 Hall of Fame Ballot

by
Greek Giant

It’s Hall of Fame voting time. Let’s start with the ballot:

  • Bobby Abreu
  • Josh Beckett
  • Heath Bell
  • Barry Bonds
  • Eric Chavez
  • Roger Clemens
  • Adam Dunn
  • Chone Figgins
  • Rafael Furcal
  • Jason Giambi
  • Todd Helton
  • Raul Ibanez
  • Derek Jeter
  • Andruw Jones
  • Jeff Kent
  • Paul Konerko
  • Cliff Lee
  • Carlos Pena
  • Brad Penny
  • Andy Pettitte
  • J.J. Putz
  • Manny Ramirez
  • Brian Roberts
  • Scott Rolen
  • Curt Schilling
  • Gary Sheffield
  • Alfonso Soriano
  • Sammy Sosa
  • Jose Valverde
  • Omar Vizquel
  • Billy Wagner
  • Larry Walker

What I enjoy most about examining the ballots is reflection the careers of certain players. Larry Walker was a badass, mostly lost in the Montreal wilderness and away from the spotlight till he played for the Rockies. Manny Ramirez is a first ballot Hall of Famer in my book. He was one of the best pure hitters in the game, ever, PED’s be damned!

Schilling, God Bless him, should be in just for his performance in 2001. Vizquel is in, for his glove and longevity.

Here is my list of players getting the vote to Cooperstown:

Barry Lamar Bonds, Manny Ramirez, Curt Schilling, Omar Vizquel, Jeff Kent, Roger Clemens, Derek Jeter, Billy Wagner, and Gary Sheffield.

It’s time for baseball to throw away the unofficial ban on players accused of having used PEDs.

Jeff Kent is an example of the East Coast bias. His numbers and mustache make him a lock in my book.

Let’s make today’s thread about your votes. Post the players on this year’s ballot who, in your eminently rich baseball minds, should be enshrined in Cooperstown.