Hall O Fame Ballot

John Sickels rates the Orioles’ prospects

Cooperstown time,

The Hall of Fame ballot is out and the can of worms is opened. First let’s deal with class. Ripken and Gwynn are on the ballot. These two are shoo-ins, as well they should be. Both of these guys were the prototype of class during the span of their careers. They were never me first guys and they never bailed on their team, even though they had their chances. These two are also, some of the last 1 team players. When it comes closer to January 9th, I’ll do a salute post about my first hero, Cal Ripken Jr.

Then there’s Mark McGwire. If there were no steroid clouds thundering above his red head, then he’d be a no brainer. But he’s a tainted player. He never failed a test, but there was that andro flap. There were all the accusations. Jose Canesco, literary mind at large, implicated him in his book. There was that horrible appearance before Congress.

“I don’t want to talk about the past.”

That’s fine, Mark. But if you take that view, then we might as well forget yours.

That’s what I don’t understand. During the great home run race, he was the big burly slugger with a big smile. Since then, he’s a recluse. I haven’t seen him in public….since Congress, I guess. Instead of hiding, why not help these kids and tell them about the dangers of steroids? He doesn’t have to admit anything, of course, if he were to do this….then he’d be smeared for that.

But wouldn’t it be better to be smeared while trying to fight the problem instead of hiding?

McGwire begs the question….what about the rest of the players of the steriod era? There’s the Sosas, the Bonds, and the Giambis. How will the admittance of just not them, but every player be decided? There’s no way to tell if someone has or hasn’t, if they haven’t failed a test.  Sadly, it’s an end result of the steroid era.

Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Dante Bichette, Bert Blyleven, Bobby Bonilla, Scott Brosius, Jay Buhner, Ken Caminiti, Jose Canseco, Dave Concepcion, Eric Davis, Andre Dawson, Tony Fernandez, Steve Garvey, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Tony Gwynn, Orel Hershiser, Tommy John, Wally Joyner, Don Mattingly, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Paul O’Neill, Dave Parker, Jim Rice, Cal Ripken Jr., Bret Saberhagen, Lee Smith, Alan Trammell, Devon White, Bobby Witt.

Cal, Gwynn, Goosage, Dawson, and Jim Rice all should get in the hall in my opinion.

Some of these players I didn’t know they retired.

Devon White? I didn’t realize that he hadn’t played in 5 years.

Jay Buhner…remember him. It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?

Dante Bichette….one of the original Rockies. I guess that sums it up.

Jose Conseco- rather unlikely

Eric Davis, one of my favorite players. Sadly, he won’t make the Hall. But he’s in the Hall of Fame for very tough guys.

Albert Belle…would he be able to leave prison to give his speech if hell froze over and he was elected?

Bobby Bonilla might make the hall if the change the name to hall of good players who were jackasses.

Bret Saberhagen said that if elected to the hall, he would refuse unless they let Pete Rose in. I don’t think Bret is going to have that problem.

Just heard on the XM that Mark Mulder has signed with the D-backs, so scratch him off your drool list.


One Response

  1. McGwire a shoo-in…yes he hit 583 homers…but come on here. There are other stats beside home runs.
    Lifetime average: .263 Hall of Fame…hardly.
    Lifetime hits: 1626. Hall of Fame? Yeah, right.
    Lifetime strikeouts: 1596…just shy of his career total in hits…and I know that this a stat that is high in all power hitters…but it is a glaring weakness.

    Ok, I’ll give you one in his favor…he had unbelievaly good RBI numbers (lifetime average of 122 a season). Most power hitters have numbers like that.

    But it does seem to me that his numbers are lopsided.

    Oh yeah, the guy was juiced too.

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