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Ballot Confusion Newsbeat

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


I’m most often a full-ballot kind of voter, and this year certainly was no exception, but it wasn’t without difficult decisions. Although I’m not ready to commit to never voting for someone who has been tied to performance-enhancing drugs, for the second straight year I did leave off my ballot the five names most prominently mentioned in that regard—Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa—and had little trouble doing so, given the qualifications of at least another dozen or so candidates.

Without going into detail overload (we’ll save that for after the results are official), here are the 10 players I voted for, in alphabetical order (hold the drumroll, please): Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Jack Morris, Mike Mussina, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Frank Thomas and Alan Trammell.

The only problem I had with these selections was leaving off others, who, in some cases, I feel are equally worthy.

youneverknow47 Posted: December 31, 2013 at 11:52 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: ballot confusion, hall of fame

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Something Doesn’t Make Sense |


Not voting for Raines and Martinez also feels totally unfair. I just never thought of them as Hall of Famers. They fail the “I know it when I see it” test.

Why, then, did Raines pass that same arbitrary test for you last year when you voted for him?

I have never before voted for Raines or Trammell, but I’m doing it this year as kind of a Roids Backlash. Raines was a switch-hitting speedster who won a batting title, stole 808 bases, and scored 100 runs in a season six times. He had a little pop (170 homers), too.

Last year, your ballot looked like this: Jack Morris, Tim Raines, Alan Trammell, and Curt Schilling. This year, Raines and Trammell fell off your ballot, despite five empty spots on it because…..the darts you threw against your cubicle wall landed on different spots?

Dan, please put some effort into your ballot next year. The integrity, character, and the contribution of your industry should demand it.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2013 at 07:26 PM | 190 comment(s)
  Beats: ballot confusion, hof



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