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Thursday, December 05, 2019

Mock Hall of Fame Ballot 2020

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This election should follow BBWAA rules, not Hall of Merit rules. However, we hope to see only players that each voter feels belong on their ballots. Leaving 1st-year candidates off your ballot is also frowned upon. IOW, we would like to see an absence of some of the silliness that permeates Hall of Fame voting by the writers.

The election will end on Thursday, December 12, 2019 (1 PM EST). Results will be posted a short time later.

Please don’t post any vote tallies on this thread.

Here are some of the rules by the BBWAA that pertain to our electorate:

3. Eligible Candidates — Candidates to be eligible must meet the following requirements:
A. A baseball player must have been active as a player in the Major Leagues at some time during a period beginning twenty (20) years before and ending five (5) years prior to election.
B. Player must have played in each of ten (10) Major League championship seasons, some part of which must have been within the period described in 3 (A).
C. Player shall have ceased to be an active player in the Major Leagues at least five (5) calendar years preceding the election but may be otherwise connected with baseball.
D. In case of the death of an active player or a player who has been retired for less than five (5) full years, a candidate who is otherwise eligible shall be eligible in the next regular election held at least six (6) months after the date of death or after the end of the five (5) year period, whichever occurs first.
E. Any player on Baseball’s ineligible list shall not be an eligible candidate.

4. Method of Election
A. BBWAA Screening Committee — A Screening Committee consisting of baseball writers will be appointed by the BBWAA. This Screening Committee shall consist of six members, with two members to be elected at each Annual Meeting for a three-year term. The duty of the Screening Committee shall be to prepare a ballot listing in alphabetical order eligible candidates who (1) received a vote on a minimum of five percent (5%) of the ballots cast in the preceding election or (2) are eligible for the first time and are nominated by any two of the six members of the BBWAA Screening Committee.
B. Electors may vote for as few as zero (0) and as many as ten (10) eligible candidates deemed worthy of election. Write-in votes are not permitted.
C. Any candidate receiving votes on seventy-five percent (75%) of the ballots cast shall be elected to membership in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

5. Voting — Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.
Voting an alphabetical ballot will make it easier to tally votes

Candidate bios can be found here.

Here are the players, in alphabetical order. Submitting a ballot in alphabetical order will help make tallying ballots easier.

Bobby Abreu
Josh Beckett
Heath Bell
Barry Bonds
Eric Chávez
Roger Clemens
Adam Dunn
Chone Figgins
Rafael Furcal
Jason Giambi
Todd Helton
Raúl Ibanez
Derek Jeter
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Paul Konerko
Cliff Lee
Carlos Peña
Andy Pettitte
Brad Penny
J.J. Putz
Manny Ramírez
Brian Roberts
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Alfonso Soriano
Sammy Sosa
José Valverde
Omar Vizquel
Billy Wagner
Larry Walker

DL from MN Posted: December 05, 2019 at 10:20 AM | 45 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: December 05, 2019 at 10:36 AM (#5905860)
Bobby Abreu
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Derek Jeter
Jeff Kent
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Larry Walker
   2. RJ in TO Posted: December 05, 2019 at 10:47 AM (#5905863)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Derek Jeter
Jeff Kent
Manny Ramírez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
Larry Walker
   3. Rally Posted: December 05, 2019 at 10:47 AM (#5905864)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Derek Jeter
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramírez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Sammy Sosa
Larry Walker
   4. Baldrick Posted: December 05, 2019 at 10:56 AM (#5905868)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Derek Jeter
Andruw Jones
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Larry Walker
   5. cookiedabookie Posted: December 05, 2019 at 11:18 AM (#5905875)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Derek Jeter
Andruw Jones
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramírez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Larry Walker
   6. Jaack Posted: December 05, 2019 at 11:19 AM (#5905877)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Derek Jeter
Jeff Kent
Andy Pettitte
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Larry Walker
   7. Mike Webber Posted: December 05, 2019 at 11:27 AM (#5905880)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Derek Jeter
Jeff Kent
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramírez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Larry Walker
   8. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: December 05, 2019 at 11:28 AM (#5905881)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Derek Jeter
Andruw Jones
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
Larry Walker
   9. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: December 05, 2019 at 11:33 AM (#5905884)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Derek Jeter
Andruw Jones
Manny Ramírez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Sammy Sosa
Larry Walker
   10. Srul Itza Posted: December 05, 2019 at 11:56 AM (#5905899)
1. Barry Bonds
2. Roger Clemens
3. Derek Jeter
4. Andy Pettitte
5. Manny Ramírez
6. Scott Rolen
7. Curt Schilling
8. Gary Sheffield
9. Sammy Sosa
10. Larry Walker
   11. reech Posted: December 05, 2019 at 12:01 PM (#5905905)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Derek Jeter
Manny Ramírez
Curt Schilling
Sammy Sosa
Larry Walker
   12. Dr. Chaleeko Posted: December 05, 2019 at 12:09 PM (#5905910)
1 Barry Bonds
2 Roger Clemens
3 Todd Helton
4 Derek Jeter
5 Andruw Jones
6 Manny Ramirez
7 Scott Rolen
8 Curt Schilling
9 Larry Walker
10 Gary Sheffield
   13. Booey Posted: December 05, 2019 at 12:12 PM (#5905912)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Derek Jeter
Jeff Kent
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
Larry Walker
   14. ajnrules Posted: December 05, 2019 at 12:12 PM (#5905913)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Derek Jeter
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Larry Walker
   15. QLE Posted: December 05, 2019 at 12:17 PM (#5905915)
Bobby Abreu
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Derek Jeter
Manny Ramírez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Sammy Sosa
Larry Walker
   16. DCW3 Posted: December 05, 2019 at 12:33 PM (#5905923)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Jason Giambi
Derek Jeter
Jeff Kent
Manny Ramirez
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Larry Walker
   17. Fridas Boss Posted: December 05, 2019 at 12:37 PM (#5905928)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Derek Jeter
Jeff Kent
Manny Ramírez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Larry Walker
   18. Howie Menckel Posted: December 05, 2019 at 01:02 PM (#5905945)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Derek Jeter
Jeff Kent
Manny Ramírez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Larry Walker
   19. Michael J. Binkley's anxiety closet Posted: December 05, 2019 at 01:08 PM (#5905951)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Derek Jeter
Andruw Jones
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Larry Walker
   20. yest Posted: December 05, 2019 at 01:19 PM (#5905956)
Todd Helton
Derek Jeter
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Curt Schilling
Larry Walker


   21. alilisd Posted: December 05, 2019 at 01:40 PM (#5905963)
Bonds
Clemens
Helton
Jeter
Jones
Ramirez
Rolen
Schilling
Sheffield
Walker
   22. Qufini Posted: December 05, 2019 at 04:23 PM (#5906035)
Bonds
Clemens
Helton
Jeter
Jones
Ramirez
Rolen
Sheffield
Sosa
Walker

Kent, Pettitte, Schilling and Wagner if I could list more than ten
   23. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: December 05, 2019 at 04:36 PM (#5906046)

Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Derek Jeter
Manny Ramírez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
Larry Walker
   24. The Duke Posted: December 05, 2019 at 04:36 PM (#5906047)

Todd Helton
Derek Jeter
Andy Pettitte
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Omar Vizquel
Billy Wagner
Larry Walker
   25. Cleveland (need new name) fan Posted: December 05, 2019 at 05:34 PM (#5906079)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Derek Jeter
Manny Ramírez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
Larry Walker
   26. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 05, 2019 at 06:07 PM (#5906086)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Derek Jeter
Andy Pettitte
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
Larry Walker

Would think more about adding Billy Wagner if this counted.
   27. bachslunch Posted: December 05, 2019 at 07:32 PM (#5906099)
Abreu
Bonds
Clemens
Helton
Jeter
Jones
Kent
Rolen
Sheffield
Walker

Would add Manny, Schilling, Sosa, and Wagner to the ballot if more than 10. Also dislike the prohibition of strategic voting.
   28. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: December 05, 2019 at 10:27 PM (#5906131)
Abreu
Bonds
Clemens
Helton
Jeter
Ramirez
Rolen
Schilling
Sheffield
Walker

Sosa and Andruw were the last cuts; I'm not as confident in their fielding numbers as would be ideal. I have big-Hall tendencies, so I would still give consideration to another few players beyond them as well if the max was lifted.
   29. DCA Posted: December 06, 2019 at 04:05 PM (#5906358)
Bonds
Clemens
Jeter
Ramirez
Rolen
Schilling
Sheffield
Sosa
Wagner
Walker

Would vote for more if allowed. If actually voting, I'd drop Jeter (he'll be elected anyway) and add someone else, probably Helton.
   30. Kiko Sakata Posted: December 06, 2019 at 04:33 PM (#5906362)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Derek Jeter
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Larry Walker

On pure merit, there's a clear top-11 for me with Andy Pettitte being the 11th. There are more than that I'd be fine with making the Hall - I'd probably vote for 14 with an unlimited ballot - but the break between 11 and 12 for me is much clearer than the break between 10 and 11.
   31. Jose Bautista Bobblehead Day Posted: December 06, 2019 at 10:02 PM (#5906432)
Bobby Abreu
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Derek Jeter
Manny Ramírez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
Billy Wagner
Larry Walker
   32. JJ1986 Posted: December 06, 2019 at 10:12 PM (#5906437)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Derek Jeter
Andruw Jones
Manny Ramírez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
Larry Walker
   33. kcgard2 Posted: December 07, 2019 at 07:25 AM (#5906480)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Derek Jeter
Andruw Jones
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling

Ramirez, Walker, Abreu, Helton, and Sheffield are probably median HOFers at their positions, though I prefer not to vote for them. Kent, Sosa, and Pettitte have legitimate cases. Wagner is better than the median HOF reliever.
   34. EddieA Posted: December 07, 2019 at 07:10 PM (#5906647)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Derek Jeter
Jeff Kent
Manny Ramírez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
Larry Walker
   35. Esoteric Posted: December 07, 2019 at 07:25 PM (#5906652)
Derek Jeter
Jeff Kent
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Larry Walker
   36. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: December 07, 2019 at 08:24 PM (#5906669)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Derek Jeter
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramírez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
Larry Walker
   37. Carl Goetz Posted: December 09, 2019 at 09:18 AM (#5906987)
Bonds
Clemens
Helton
Jeter
Jones
Kent
Ramirez
Rolen
Schilling
Walker

If I could go to 12, I'd add Sheffield and Sosa. I'm not big on Relief pitchers being a separate category, so Wagner falls flat for me.
   38. JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 09, 2019 at 07:53 PM (#5907303)
I'll vote for these guys:

Bobby Abreu
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Derek Jeter
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramírez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Larry Walker

I would probably vote for these guys if the ballot wasn't limited to 10.
Todd Helton
Sammy Sosa
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Jason Giambi
Billy Wagner
   39. DL from MN Posted: December 10, 2019 at 09:59 AM (#5907384)
Only 38 votes, we had 50-60 the past two times we did this
   40. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 10, 2019 at 10:04 AM (#5907385)
Derek Jeter
Jeff Kent
Andy Pettitte
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Larry Walker
   41. dlf Posted: December 10, 2019 at 11:53 AM (#5907424)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Derek Jeter
Andruw Jones
Manny Ramírez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
Larry Walker
   42. darkvoid116 Posted: December 10, 2019 at 09:26 PM (#5907633)
Bobby Abreu
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Derek Jeter
Andruw Jones
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Larry Walker

If I could go 11, I’d include Manny Ramírez. Sammy Sosa is borderline after that, then a group including Jeff Kent, Jason Giambi, Andy Pettitte, Cliff Lee and Billy Wagner, but I don’t think I would vote for any of them.
   43. DL from MN Posted: December 12, 2019 at 09:29 AM (#5908037)
Last day to vote
   44. BrianBrianson Posted: December 12, 2019 at 10:06 AM (#5908049)
Bobby Abreu
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Jeff Kent
Manny Ramírez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
Larry Walker

Easy to cut to 15, started getting hard around 12. I ultimately cut Jeter to get it down to 10 as if I were a real voter, I'd make that cut so he wouldn't get 100% and I wouldn't have to deal with people being insufferable.

Like that guy who cussed me out when I hollered loud enough for literally every person in SkyDome to hear me "Hey Jeter, what's it like being the 2nd best shortstop on your own team?!" and then Jeter immediately hit an HR like a complete ass. To heck with that guy, eh? And the Yankees won that game 8-7 What poppycock. Let's leave him off.
   45. DL from MN Posted: December 12, 2019 at 03:32 PM (#5908252)
Election is over

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