Welcome to the darkside, Cowlishaw…as the Anti-HOF Life Equation just got a little equaler. (87 NO Bonds/Clemens - 70 YES Bonds/Clemens)
I never applied for this role as watchdog or moral compass for Major League Baseball, so I’m unofficially resigning the post. Starting now, I’m going to do something unimaginable to many of you. When I fill out my Hall of Fame ballot, I’m going to vote for the best baseball players.
Crazy, isn’t it?
That means for the first time, I’m going to vote for Mark McGwire after passing on him and his 583 home runs and his insane career OPS-plus numbers for the last two years. And, yes, it means I am voting for the best hitter and pitcher of the last 20-30-50 years (pick a number) as well.
Cowlishaw’s Hall of Fame ballot
Jeff Bagwell, With 1,529 RBIs, he got 56 percent last year.
Barry Bonds, Not sure we have seen a better pure power swing.
Roger Clemens, Seven Cy Young Awards not likely to be matched.
Edgar Martinez, Far better in OPS, OPS-plus than Rafael Palmeiro.
Mark McGwire, In power-friendly parks, what would 583 HRs be?
Tim Raines, Career 66.2 WAR almost identical to Barry Larkin’s 67.1.
Larry Walker, Hitting machine with that career .965 OPS.
Posted: December 06, 2012 at 05:35 AM | 94 comment(s)
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