Hall of Fame Discussion

Thursday, November 27 2014 @ 12:40 PM EST

Contributed by: John Northey

Well, that time of year again.  The HOF has released the list of who is on the ballot and it is a very, very crowded one yet again.

As always, I make full use of Baseball Reference for quick stats and easy lists for the HOF.
17 returning players in order of vote percentage.

New guys...

An interesting ballot with lots of tough choices for voters.  There are 3 guys with over 100 WAR, 9 with 70+ (normally a lock), 6 in the 60's (normally a strong maybe), and that isn't factoring in Piazza, Sosa, Kent, McGriff, Delgado, and Lee Smith.

So, how would everyone here vote?  I normally would include Clemens & Bonds but that ship has sailed so if I had a real ballot it'd probably go...
Locks: Pedro, Johnson
Easy adds: Schilling, Bagwell, Walker, Trammell, Smoltz, Raines, Biggio, Piazza... geez, full and I'd love to add McGriff, Delgado, and Kent (old Jay factor), Sosa (600 HR is amazing regardless), McGwire, Edgar Martinez.  Crazy ballot indeed.

FYI: Next year only adds Griffey Jr as an automatic, with 2017 seeing Ivan Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, and Vladimir Guerrero (probably the last Expo near HOF'er to be on the ballot).  With luck the ballot will get cleared up a lot over that stretch.  2018 adds Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Scott Rolen and Andruw Jones who all should get serious support but who knows (expect some Bagwell type stuff regarding Thome).