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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Mock Hall of Fame Ballot 2021

IMPORTANT: Please read:

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 17, 2020 (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
Barry Bonds
Mark Buehrle
AJ Burnett
Roger Clemens
Michael Cuddyer
Dan Haren
LaTroy Hawkins
Todd Helton
Tim Hudson
Torii Hunter
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Andy Pettitte
Aramis Ramirez
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
Nick Swisher
Shane Victorino
Omar Vizquel
Billy Wagner
Barry Zito

DL from MN Posted: December 10, 2020 at 09:51 AM | 62 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: December 10, 2020 at 10:07 AM (#5993504)
Please note there are TWO players with the last name of Ramirez so a ballot with just "Ramirez" on it won't count.
   2. DL from MN Posted: December 10, 2020 at 10:08 AM (#5993506)
Bobby Abreu
Barry Bonds
Mark Buehrle
Roger Clemens
Tim Hudson
Jeff Kent
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield

Would vote for Pettitte also.
   3. Mike Webber Posted: December 10, 2020 at 10:59 AM (#5993515)
Bobby Abreu
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Jeff Kent
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
   4. EddieA Posted: December 10, 2020 at 11:26 AM (#5993521)
Need to edit the end date year in the intro.

Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
   5. pikepredator Posted: December 10, 2020 at 11:35 AM (#5993522)

Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Jeff Kent
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa

Pains me to leave off Tim Hudson but objectively I don't quite see him in the hall. Would love to vote for Andruw Jones but there's not enough there.

I'd start a team with Andruw and Nomar and Huddy that could take down a team of lower-tier HOFers.

Whereas it pains me to vote for Jeff Kent. I have nothing against steroid users as a group, but I do feel like his career has a profile that screams "steroid creation" - power spiking in early 30's for a 2B, come on. But I'm following the guidelines and voting for him based on performance.
   6. gehrig97 Posted: December 10, 2020 at 11:57 AM (#5993526)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Andruw Jones
   7. bachslunch Posted: December 10, 2020 at 11:59 AM (#5993527)
Abreu
Bonds
Clemens
Helton
A. Jones
Kent
Rolen
Sheffield
Sosa
Wagner

With an unlimited ballot, add Manny and Schilling
   8. The Mighty Quintana Posted: December 10, 2020 at 12:52 PM (#5993540)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
   9. Jaack Posted: December 10, 2020 at 01:07 PM (#5993543)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Tim Hudson
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Andy Pettitte
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield

I'd vote for Wagner and Manny as well.
   10. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: December 10, 2020 at 01:27 PM (#5993552)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Tim Hudson
Andruw Jones
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Sammy Sosa
Gary Sheffield
   11. BDC Posted: December 10, 2020 at 01:29 PM (#5993553)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Curt Schilling
Sammy Sosa
   12. Michael J. Binkley's anxiety closet Posted: December 10, 2020 at 01:40 PM (#5993557)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Tim Hudson
Andruw Jones
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa


   13. Howie Menckel Posted: December 10, 2020 at 01:56 PM (#5993560)

Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
   14. LargeBill Posted: December 10, 2020 at 02:18 PM (#5993570)
Bobby Abreu
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Omar Vizquel

   15. Rally Posted: December 10, 2020 at 02:28 PM (#5993572)

Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
   16. alilisd Posted: December 10, 2020 at 03:22 PM (#5993592)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
   17. SoSH U at work Posted: December 10, 2020 at 03:39 PM (#5993597)
Barry Bonds
Mark Buehrle
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Jeff Kent
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Sammy Sosa
   18. Srul Itza Posted: December 10, 2020 at 03:57 PM (#5993600)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Curt Schilling
Scott Rolen
Manny Ramirez
Andy Pettitte
Todd Helton
Jeff Kent
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
   19. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 10, 2020 at 04:17 PM (#5993606)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
   20. Sweatpants Posted: December 10, 2020 at 05:05 PM (#5993622)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield

If I had to vote for ten, I'd add Bob Abreu, Andruw Jones, and... maybe Pettitte? I don't think that Pettitte belongs, but the other two I'm not sure about.
   21. kcgard2 Posted: December 10, 2020 at 05:56 PM (#5993638)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
   22. Booey Posted: December 10, 2020 at 06:52 PM (#5993644)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Jeff Kent
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
   23. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: December 10, 2020 at 07:57 PM (#5993651)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Andy Pettitte
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Sammy Sosa
   24. Dr. Chaleeko Posted: December 10, 2020 at 09:51 PM (#5993665)
Bonds
Clemens
Helton
Jones
Kent
Pettitte
Manny Ramírez
Rolen
Schilling
Sheffield
   25. Dr. Chaleeko Posted: December 10, 2020 at 09:52 PM (#5993666)
Manny edited for clarity
   26. chisoxcollector Posted: December 10, 2020 at 11:13 PM (#5993672)
Barry Bonds
Mark Buehrle
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Sammy Sosa
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
   27. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: December 11, 2020 at 12:37 AM (#5993679)
Barry Bonds
Mark Buehrle
Roger Clemens
Andruw Jones
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Sammy Sosa

   28. BrianBrianson Posted: December 11, 2020 at 01:14 AM (#5993682)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa

the first time in forever I could put together a ballot that wasn't a travesty for one of these.
   29. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 11, 2020 at 01:28 AM (#5993683)
Bonds
Clemens
Rolen
Schilling
Sheffield
Sosa
   30. Bleed the Freak Posted: December 11, 2020 at 08:58 AM (#5993694)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Tim Hudson
Andruw Jones
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
   31. Baldrick Posted: December 11, 2020 at 10:03 AM (#5993702)
Bobby Abreu
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
   32. John DiFool2 Posted: December 11, 2020 at 10:53 AM (#5993706)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
   33. taxandbeerguy Posted: December 11, 2020 at 12:25 PM (#5993720)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
   34. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: December 11, 2020 at 12:36 PM (#5993723)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling


Yes, I'm a small Hall guy. I thought about voting for Sosa, but I have no desire to vote for Manny and I didn't think I could vote for Sosa and justify leaving Manny off. So neither one gets a vote.
   35. cardsfanboy Posted: December 11, 2020 at 01:42 PM (#5993727)
(not sure what happened... most hall of merit threads I can't post in for some reason, been trying this one all day, since there was just two posts in this thread.... got lucky for once... )

Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa

(Wagner, Manny and Kent are my regrets.... I just need more convincing for them---- Pettitte, Vizquel and Andruw I've pretty much decided they are on the out line for me)
   36. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: December 11, 2020 at 02:14 PM (#5993733)
Roger Clemens
Barry Bonds
Manny Ramirez
Todd Helton
Curt Schilling
Scott Rolen
Andruw Jones
Sammy Sosa
Jeff Kent
   37. The Duke Posted: December 11, 2020 at 10:00 PM (#5993778)

Mark Buehrle
Todd Helton
Tim Hudson
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Omar Vizquel
   38. progrockfan Posted: December 12, 2020 at 09:05 AM (#5993784)
Bobby Abreu
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Manny Ramirez
Curt Schilling

Small-Hall guy here. I hestitated before adding Schilling, but his control and post-season excellence push him over the top for me.

Abreu gets my vote as the most underrated and under-appreciated player of the 2000s:

10x 150+ games
4x .300+ BA
6x .400+ OBP
4x .500+ slugging
6x 40+ doubles
7x 20+ home runs
7x 100+ runs scored
8x 100+ RBI
7x 100+ walks
10x 20+ steals
2x leader in RF assists
   39. Cleveland TBD fan Posted: December 12, 2020 at 07:59 PM (#5993842)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
   40. Tubbs is Bobby Grich when he flys off the handle Posted: December 12, 2020 at 08:30 PM (#5993847)
Bobby Abreu
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Tim Hudson
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
   41. Random Transaction Generator Posted: December 13, 2020 at 11:10 AM (#5993894)
Bonds
Clemens
Schilling
M.Ramirez
Sosa
Rolen
Sheffield
Helton
Pettitte
Kent
   42. Fridas Boss Posted: December 13, 2020 at 01:13 PM (#5993913)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
   43. Kiko Sakata Posted: December 13, 2020 at 05:14 PM (#5993934)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Tim Hudson
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield

I think that would be my ballot with or without the 10-man cap although there are 2 or 3 more that I could be convinced are Hall-of-Famers.
   44. DL from MN Posted: December 14, 2020 at 02:11 PM (#5994085)
Three days left to vote
   45. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: December 14, 2020 at 02:28 PM (#5994092)
Barry Bonds
Mark Buehrle
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa

There are a few others who I would be at least reasonably comfortable inducting. Hudson vs. Buehrle for the last spot was almost a coin flip; I'm vaguely hoping to have their careers finished in my starting pitcher rankings before the next election. (Of course, it's possible neither of them will be on the ballot by then.)
   46. DanG Posted: December 14, 2020 at 03:22 PM (#5994119)
Bonds
Clemens
Helton
Jones
Kent
Ramirez M
Rolen
Schilling
Sheffield
Sosa
   47. Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: December 14, 2020 at 08:37 PM (#5994196)
Bobby Abreu
Barry Bonds
Mark Buehrle
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Tim Hudson
Jeff Kent
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Billy Wagner
   48. DL from MN Posted: December 15, 2020 at 08:46 AM (#5994249)
Election ends on Thursday
   49. dark Posted: December 15, 2020 at 02:41 PM (#5994335)
Abreu
Bonds
Helton
Hudson
Jones
M. Ramírez
Rolen
Sheffield
Sosa
Wagner
   50. reech Posted: December 15, 2020 at 05:38 PM (#5994366)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Sammy Sosa
   51. Fiore Gino Posted: December 15, 2020 at 08:45 PM (#5994406)
Barry Bonds
Mark Buehrle
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Tim Hudson
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
   52. ajnrules Posted: December 16, 2020 at 06:51 PM (#5994572)
Barry Bonds
Mark Buehrle
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
   53. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: December 16, 2020 at 07:13 PM (#5994574)
Bobby Abreu
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Billy Wagner
   54. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: December 16, 2020 at 07:21 PM (#5994575)

Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Jeff Kent
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
   55. Howie Menckel Posted: December 17, 2020 at 01:39 AM (#5994605)
48. DL from MN Posted: December 15, 2020 at 08:46 AM (#5994249)
Election ends on Thursday


(1 PM EST)
   56. JJ1986 Posted: December 17, 2020 at 09:32 AM (#5994618)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Manny Ramirez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
   57. DL from MN Posted: December 17, 2020 at 09:39 AM (#5994621)
Thanks Howie. Last call for ballots!
   58. Where have you gone Brady Anderson? Posted: December 17, 2020 at 10:16 AM (#5994631)
Abreu
Bonds
Clemens
Helton
Ramirez, Manny
Rolen
Schilling
Sheffield
   59. Howie Menckel Posted: December 17, 2020 at 01:16 PM (#5994662)
it's over? it's always been over?
   60. DL from MN Posted: December 17, 2020 at 01:42 PM (#5994669)
Election is done, results soon
   61. Howie Menckel Posted: December 17, 2020 at 04:54 PM (#5994747)
I can post here - but not in the results thread.

says I have to log in. I do, and then when I get back to the page - lather, rinse, and repeat.

haven't seen that one for a while personally, but others have.

#sigh
   62. DL from MN Posted: December 17, 2020 at 06:30 PM (#5994762)
Try posting a comment elsewhere, then you can usually post in the other thread

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