Including the first vote for Vinny Castilla-.260 hitter…no matter how you look at it!
The Rockies and the steroid abusers have one thing in common — baseball traditionalists, most of them back East, don’t believe the numbers of either group are legitimate.
This is not a particularly contentious issue with respect to the Rocks on the ballot because none is a threat to be the first member of the Colorado franchise enshrined at Cooperstown — at least, not yet.
...Indeed, Ellis Burks got only two votes before being dismissed from further consideration, an unremarkable outcome until you consider how closely his career numbers resemble those of Bernie Williams?, the former Yankee who makes his ballot debut this year. Williams isn’t likely to be elected, but you can bet he’ll be on the ballot longer than Burks was.
...Anyway, in the year before the great accounting, I’m voting for Bagwell, Walker, Barry Larkin?, Jack Morris?, Tim Raines? and Alan Trammell? on merit. I’m voting for Castilla because I don’t believe he deserves to be knocked off the ballot after one year, as Bichette and Galarraga were.
Purists may not like that rationale, but that’s OK. Considering the national bias against Rocky Mountain baseball, a little bias for it seems only sporting.