I’m in Austin today, the first day of the 80th Texas Legislature. That means I’m out of pocket until tonight and will be unable to find out who is elected to the Hall of Fame (unless one of my colleagues wants to text the results to me).

There seems nationally to be more excitement around the vote this year — probably because of the McGwire controversy. More relevantly, as YF mentioned, the Sox and Yanks each have a favored candidate who appears to be inching closer to enshrinement. In addition, former Red Sock Andre Dawson is gaining support, as is Bert Blyleven, whose induction as the final eligible member of the 3,000-strikeout club would benefit current Sock Curt Schilling in roughly six years.

For what it’s worth, my ballot is seven players long:

  1. Tony Gwynn
  2. Cal Ripken
  3. Jim Rice
  4. Bert Blyleven
  5. Andre Dawson
  6. Goose Gossage
  7. Lee Smith

I think Gwynn and Ripken make it easily, but Gossage, Blyleven and Rice will have to wait another year — which won’t be a problem considering the lack of big names on the ’08 ballot. All three will be elected next year. Aw, what the heck. I’ll be a homer — Rice makes it in this year, by the skin of his teeth.

At any rate, consider this your daylong Hall of Fame prognostication/reaction thread. For a quick primer on the borderline candidates, this should do ya.

7 comments… add one
  • Don’t forget Jack Morris. A reminder of just who is elibigle, in case you’re wondering:

    YF January 9, 2007, 8:09 am
  • In the spirit of the day…
    Odds on which cap Fred McGriff would wear on his plaque if he ever got elected to the baseball Hall of Fame:
    60 to 1 Dodgers
    50 to 1 Cubs
    40 to 1 Padres
    30 to 1 Blue Jays
    25 to 1 Braves
    10 to 1 Devil Rays
    3 to 1 The one from the Tom Emansky video

    Shawn January 9, 2007, 12:08 pm
  • brosius was robbed.

    Yankee Fan In Boston January 9, 2007, 2:09 pm
  • No luck again for Rice or Goose.

    LocklandSF January 9, 2007, 2:11 pm
  • I would agree with that list, including Rice and Goose. I’d add Graig Nettles though. His defense was amazing and he hit with power.
    In fact, I will go on record as saying that Nettles’s defense (which the great Bill James says is JUST A HAIR under Brooks Robinson’s defense) + .750 OPS and 390 homers is better than Brooks Robinson who had a .722 OPS and 268 homers and the offense that Nettles brought to the table overcomes the SLIGHT edge that Brooks had on Defense.
    Frankly, Brooks got into the HOF on defense alone, and Graig could do more. Just my two cents.

    JS January 10, 2007, 2:57 pm
  • Aside from Paul SF’s list and Nettles (for the above-stated reasons), I’ll add some other names to my HOF list (obviously Gwynn and Ripken are included too). Of course, some of my guys are not on the writer’s list anymore:
    1. Tony Oliva – .304 .353 and .476, mostly in a pitchers era
    2. Dick Allen – the numbers are obvious (351 homers, .292 .378 and .534) even if he acted like Jim Rice not only to the media but to his teammates.
    3. Tommy John -> 288 Wins + a 3.34 ERA + a surgery that changed the game.
    4. Trammell and Whitaker (If Fox and Aparcio are in the Hall, these Tigers should be in too. In fact, James ranks each of them higher than Fox and Aparacio, at their respective positions, in the New Historical baseball Abstract, they had higher lifetime Win Shares, each one a ring, and had better stats that Fox and Aparacio.
    5. Jim Kaat – I’m a sucker for anyone with 283 wins and a 3.45 ERA
    6. Minnie Minoso – 1963 hits From the age of on + .298 .389 and .459 + his Negro League experience.
    7. Buck O’Neill…What else is there to say?
    8. Gil Hodges
    9. Dale Murphy
    10. And Lastly, to show my true bias, I would induct Donnie Mattingly. This is based on Donnie’s 84-88 stats, his glove, 6 time AS, 1 MVP, 1 Batting title, and my heart.

    JS January 10, 2007, 3:13 pm
  • I meant to say that Minoso’s hits came after he turned 25. He really got robbed of about 3 major league seasons due to prejudice. If he’d had those years to play, I think that he’d be close to 2,500 hits.

    JS January 10, 2007, 3:16 pm

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