The writers sure botched the AL MVP voting. Now comes the HOF ballot. Who will be immortalized? Here are the choices: 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 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.
Our immediate, seat of the pants response would be to vote the following players in: Blyleven, Dawson, Gossage, Gwynn, Morris, Ripken. Those would be the easy calls. And then, because we’re easy, we’d probably pull the lever for these fellas as well: Mattingly, Murphy, Rice, Smith, Trammell. But how do you solve a problem like McGwire? Um, that right there is a toughy. But seems to me, in lieu of any official sanction, he goes in. Jose Canseco….not so much. Also, we just don’t see Harold Baines as an all-time great. Sorry Harold. Tommy John? Hmm. We’d be happy to see him in, desevering or not, and preferably right next to Jim Kaat. And where the heck is Marvin Miller? People!