—DROPPED OFF MY LIST FROM LAST YEAR TO THIS YEAR/
*ALAN TRAMMELL (36.8% of the vote last year). I’m sure I’ll re-visit his case next year, as I did this year; I used to agree with the conventional railing that either a guy is a Hall of Famer or he’s not, why vary the vote from year… Now that I have the vote, it feels so much more fluid than that.
The elections aren’t conducted frozen in time–they come in relation to the moment we make them, to the developments of the day and the overall strength of the candidate pool.
I believe Trammell has a very strong case–compared to Barry Larkin last year, or whoever you want.
I voted for Trammell last year… barely. But mixed against this field, I withheld the vote this year, with an asterisk. Next time around, I will go through it again.
—NOTABLE FIRST-YEAR ELIGIBLES I DID NOT VOTE FOR/
*MIKE PIAZZA. Close call, great hitting stats (better than Johnny Bench’s career stats, mostly), but I’m wary of voting for such a mediocre defensive catcher. Plus, if you do any stat-siphoning, Piazza’s case gets very questionable. So I took a pass this year.
As I said last year, you might dislike the process, but it’s safer to pass on a borderline candidate with PED questions to let more info come in than to just elect a guy with large questions pending.
Posted: December 26, 2012 at 04:32 PM | 25 comment(s)
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