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Henneman:  FULL BALLOT OF VOTES FOR BASEBALL HALL OF FAME

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.

FULL BALLOT OF VOTES FOR BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
Posted on December 31, 2013 by Jim Henneman
A couple of pertinent or impertinent thoughts while waiting for whatever surprises the new year might bring, and anticipating the Jan. 8, 2014, announcement of baseball’s annual Hall of Fame vote:

A few readers chided me, not too gently, for tap dancing around the Hall of Fame ballot a couple of weeks ago without divulging my vote. Obviously, they don’t know me well; otherwise they’d know I’m incapable of dancing around anything. They’d also know that when it comes to deadlines, I’m a terrible procrastinator—and because ballots weren’t due until the last day of the year, I still had more time than most people use for a vacation to beat the deadline.

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. There are five bona fide candidates on the ballot for the first time this year. I will be surprised if more than three make the cut—and, given the nature of the vote during recent years, would not be shocked if Maddux were the only newcomer to make it.

For those who in the past have questioned how you can vote for a player one year and not the next, I offer this simple explanation: take a look at this year’s ballot. End of discussion.

youneverknow47 Posted: December 31, 2013 at 10:52 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: ballot confusion, hall of fame

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   1. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: December 31, 2013 at 01:05 PM (#4627209)
Obviously, they don’t know me well; otherwise they’d know I’m incapable of dancing around anything.


True fact.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 31, 2013 at 01:07 PM (#4627210)
Not surprising that Mike Henneman would vote for former teammates Morris and Trammell.
   3. Rally Posted: December 31, 2013 at 01:28 PM (#4627233)
OK, you were kidding. Had me there for a minute though. Plenty of ballplayers wind up in the media as radio or TV guys, but very few, if any, ever end up as writers.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 31, 2013 at 01:57 PM (#4627260)
Pretty damn good ballot. If he had just replaced Morris with Schilling, it would perfectly match my imaginary ballot.
   5. BDC Posted: December 31, 2013 at 02:53 PM (#4627293)
replaced Morris with Schilling, it would perfectly match

Mine too: that is, if the PEDs people were forbidden altogether.
   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 31, 2013 at 02:58 PM (#4627299)
Mine too: that is, if the PEDs people were forbidden altogether.

I want them to get in eventually (esp. Bonds and Clemens), but I'd like to see them wait a good 7-10 years.

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