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Maddux, Glavine, Bonds, Clemens, Piazza, Biggio, Kent, J. Morris, Raines, E. Martinez…and Mr. Pete Rose.
Morris, Kent, or Martinez has to be dropped to make room for Thomas.
That's a glaring error from my point of view.
Have to assume Biggio improves just by adding those who stupidly have a different standard for first ballot.
Ugh. Pete Rose is no longer eligible for the BBWAA ballot because he's been retired too long. I'm glad he didn't use Rose to bump someone else off the ballot. Jack Morris instead of Schilling or Mussina is a terrible choice. Jeff Kent instead of Jeff Bagwell is not a great choice.
Anyone know who he voted for in 2013? (Repoz?) It would be interesting to see who he dropped, if anyone.
It is a very meaningful trust we have in this historic process, and it was my decision to ignore any influence that “The Steroid Era” should play in my thought process – thus the names of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were checked on my ballot, as well as five others: Craig Biggio, Jack Morris, Rafael Palmeiro, Mike Piazza and Tim Raines.
In addition, I have once again written in the name of Pete Rose, who is Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leader but who continues to remain on MLB’s ineligible list and thus, shall not be an eligible candidate.
For a so called compiler the guy had a 9 yr. run of at least 38 HR and 100+ RBI. I guess you can compile some pretty big career numbers like that.
I have a sneaking suspicion Thomas will be between 70 and 75 percent.
My guess- Trammell, Raines, Walker, L. Smith, and maybe Martinez, with Palmeiro falling below 5%..
As I have said before, I decline the honor of judging players on the basis of possible PED use. I just don't feel qualifying to judge on that basis. But as in the case of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, it's hard to keep voting for guys who are not going to get in and overlook guys who have a legitimate chance. So...
I am genuinely curious how many writers with ballots are voting 'strategically' in this fashion.... Maddux will be fine without my vote... but as TR says in putting Raffy on - there's a very good chance Palmeiro falls below the danger zone. Trammell might also be in trouble.
Maddux will be fine without my vote...
I would not be surprised at all if Thomas does not get in
the real crime is people like Murray Chass only voting for a handful of players
Guys I think my vote will help go in:
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