I would vote for these players for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
One of my biggest pet peeves in covering baseball for 18 years is the Hall of Fame voting process. I believe it is ancient. The Baseball Writers Association of America handles this vote, as decreed by the Hall itself. However, in the 18 years I’ve been covering this sport, I have seen the migration to electronic media. Yet, no broadcaster can vote on the HOF unless they are IN the HOF. And that’s only in the Veterans Committee…
Rather than complain about the voting process (I’ll have time to do that when the announcement comes at 2pm), here are the players I would vote for if I was casting a ballot in 2015.
First of all, the 2 names who should have been voted for years ago:
Tim Raines and Lee Smith – The knock on Raines was that he did everything Rickey Henderson could do but not as well. I’m sorry, but that’s not the standard he should be held to. Smith is in the mold of Rollie Fingers and Bruce Sutter, both HOFers.
Randy Johnson – the only debate on this superstar is what hat should he wear on his plaque. Sentimentally, I want the Seattle Mariners, but I think he’d be an Arizona Diamondback. He signed a 4 year contract, and won 3 Cy Youngs and 1 World Series in those seasons.
Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, & Craig Biggio – I believe they are penalized for the era they played in. While I did hear rumors about their steroid use, I had no tangible proof, and therefore, I don’t deny them entrance to the Hall because of heresay.
Edgar Martinez – People can penalize him for being a DH. It wasn't his fault that the AL put the rule in during his career, nor should he be penalized for it. If he played for an NL team he'd have been a passable 3B/1B.
Finally, I would vote for Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens. For years I campaigned for McGwire because of the lack of evidence against him. That congressional hearing was a ruse, Jose Canseco is a swindler, and the whole era can’t be judged mathematically. McGwire helped bring the sport back from the despair of the ’94 strike. This sport owes a lot of its revenues to Big Mac. Following that logic, both Bonds and Clemens were acquitted in court. While I firmly believe they did it, I can’t hold them to a different standard. That’s why I waver on Sammy Sosa.
The vote is at 2pm. I’m doing a bunch of radio today to discuss. Follow me on Twitter @Seth_Everett as I will post my appearances.