Apparently, the Baseball Hall of Fame has another crisis in its hands.
How will history judge those guys who stole signs using illegal electronic means?
But enough about the 1951 Giants.
(Do you see what I did there?)
Again with feeling: The hall is a museum for baseball history. The best players, managers or referees, whether on the field or in the field, should be recognized. It always worked that way until Mark McGwire started voting for the Baseball Writers Association of America in 2007. Shoeless Joe Jackson and Pete Rose's bans fell into a different bucket when the hall refused to vote for these people.
And so I think it should continue to work. McGwire did not commit the game's original sin when he used illegal performance-enhancing drugs, nor did Carlos Beltran when he developed the Astros' impressive, sophisticated sign-stealing scheme in 2017.
With that in mind, here is my ballot paper for 2020.
1. Barry Bonds. The eighth year for the king of the game, who only plays one season and one home game of all time, and to say otherwise, would be to borrow bogus news from an accused president. He did what he did at a time when many, many players were doing exactly the same thing. Can it rise from 59.1 percent in the previous year to the necessary 75 percent in 2022? It will be tight.
2. Roger Clemens. Bonds & # 39; Steroid's Scapegoat colleague has been in step with his success equivalent and won 59.5 percent last year, his candidacy by 2022. Nobody disputes his results, people just argue about how The Rocket got there. No matter what happens, we hope the Yankees will welcome him to a party again soon. He played an important role in the 1999 and especially the 2000 championship team.
3. Todd Helton. It is his second election year and he has my support for the first time. The first baseman came here courtesy of his peak from 2000-2007, when he scored 4.5 wins over substitutes or better (according to Baseball-Reference.com) every season except 2006.
4. Derek Jeter. Whether he deserves to follow Mariano Rivera's trailblazing path and become the second unanimously chosen player (from the writers) is a delicate question. Who should say who "deserves" what in a case where nine people didn't vote for Hank Aaron and 23 didn't vote for Willie Mays? Still, no one would dispute that Jeter belongs to Cooperstown. Literally nobody could prove to be very good.
5. Andruw Jones. Thanks to the violent elections in recent years, he is ready for a nice jump of 7.5 percent last year. I have always supported him thanks to his elite defense in midfield and his great high point from 1997-2007.
6. Manny Ramirez. I greet Manny, who I voted for in his first year of 2017, and not the last two, as he is under 10th on my list. Yes, he was caught under a collective agreement with illegal PEDs. I was all in favor of keeping him away … until the hall accelerated the election of former Commissioner Bud Selig, who violated the terms of a collective agreement, when he, as the brewer's owner, worked with his compatriots to freeze, switch off free agents and kill theirs Markt, a system that does far more harm to the game than players who use drugs to play better.
7. Scott Rolen. Another man on the rise who, thanks to a young generation who lacked strong prospects alongside Jeter, was able to catch a second glance from many voters. I chose him every year for his excellent third base defense and impressive 122 OPS +.
8. Curt Schilling. He came on board the same year as Bonds and Clemens, and his chances of later incorporation appear to be the best of the trio. His controversial post-retirement comments are often hideous, but shouldn't affect his remarkable success on the hill. He may be one with his regular season statistics and his post-season dominance makes him a tough yes for me.
9. Sammy Sosa. He is well behind his classmates Schilling, Clemens and Bonds in the eighth year, although this time he should enjoy a jump. I have never voted for him. I would go all the way if I had the space for how much he excelled at his peak in 1993-2002. His high energy also helped restore baseball interest when he and McGwire broke Roger Maris' record for one season in 1998. The fact that he might be using illegal PEDs this season is irrelevant.
10. Larry Walker. After data mining by Ryan Thibodaux (@NotMrTibbs on Twitter), Pittsburgh writer John Perrotto and I are the only known voters that Walker supports in each of his ten years of election. I am proud because it looks very encouraging for the five-tool outfielder. His remarkable 141 OPS + are at Coors Field, where he played home games for 10 years. It would be a very worthy addition to the hall.
Close call: Had this ballot dropped to 11, it would have included great Gary Sheffield.
Gridlock victims: With an unlimited ballot, I would have considered the first year candidate, Bobby Abreu, Jeff Kent, the beloved Yankee Andy Pettitte and the closer Billy Wagner. However, given my limit, they couldn't crack my top tier.
Not for me: Wow, Omar Vizquel could one day actually make it. it will probably not be with my help. Congratulations to Jason Giambi on his good career, if not good enough to get to Cooperstown.
This week's pop quiz question came from Jay Berman of Coral Springs, Florida: name the two legendary players who appeared in the 1951 film “Angels In The Outfield”. One was already in the Hall of Fame at the time of publication, others came later.
The annual baseball dinner of the Baseball Writers Association of America in New York takes place this Saturday, January 25, in Sheraton Times Square in Manhattan. Our award winners are Pete Alonso, Cody Bellinger, Ron Darling, Jacob DeGrom, DJ LeMahieu, CC Sabathia, John Sterling, Mike Trout and Justin Verlander.
Your answer to the pop quiz is Ty Cobb and Joe DiMaggio.
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