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Friday, December 03, 2021

Mock Hall of Fame Ballot 2022

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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 Friday, December 10, 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
Roger Clemens
Carl Crawford
Prince Fielder
Todd Helton
Ryan Howard
Tim Hudson
Torii Hunter
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Tim Lincecum
Justin Morneau
Joe Nathan
David Ortiz
Jonathan Papelbon
Jake Peavy
Andy Pettitte
AJ Pierzynski
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Jimmy Rollins
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
Mark Teixeira
Omar Vizquel
Billy Wagner

DL from MN Posted: December 03, 2021 at 10:51 AM | 49 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: December 03, 2021 at 11:10 AM (#6056020)
Barry Bonds
Mark Buehrle
Roger Clemens
Tim Hudson
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield

Would also vote for Abreu & Kent
   2. Tubbs is Bobby Grich when he flys off the handle Posted: December 03, 2021 at 11:54 AM (#6056025)
Bobby Abreu
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Tim Hudson
Jeff Kent
David Ortiz
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield

Abreu edges out Buehrle & Wagner for spot #10
   3. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: December 03, 2021 at 02:58 PM (#6056041)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Tim Hudson
Andruw Jones
David Ortiz
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
   4. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: December 03, 2021 at 03:27 PM (#6056044)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Andrue Jones
David Ortiz
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa

That's all that I really wanted to vote for. But if there were more slots you might be able to talk me into Abreu, Buehrle, and Kent.
   5. Jaack Posted: December 03, 2021 at 03:30 PM (#6056046)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Tim Hudson
Jeff Kent
Andy Pettitte
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield

Would also vote for Manny, Andruw, and Ortiz. Go back and forth on Wagner.
   6. Baldrick Posted: December 03, 2021 at 03:37 PM (#6056049)
Bobby Abreu
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scot Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield

I voted for Sosa last year, so I suppose I would do so again if I had the room. I'd also put Ortiz in with the bunch of holdovers who feel like they're probably just on the wrong side of the line but I'm not dead set against (Pettitte, Buehrle, Hudson, Kent).
   7. kcgard2 Posted: December 03, 2021 at 03:55 PM (#6056054)
Bobby Abreu
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Andruw Jones
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa

Would maybe also vote for Helton, Kent, Pettitte and Buehrle.
   8. taxandbeerguy Posted: December 03, 2021 at 04:27 PM (#6056062)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
David Ortiz
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa

Would have voted for Andruw Jones and Jeff Kent with an unlimited ballot (and will vote for them both next year when there is space)
   9. Booey Posted: December 03, 2021 at 04:41 PM (#6056063)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Jeff Kent
David Ortiz
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa

Also Helton and Pettitte if I could. Maaayybe Andruw.
   10. Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: December 03, 2021 at 04:54 PM (#6056066)
Bobby Abreu
Barry Bonds
Mark Buehrle
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Tim Hudson
David Ortiz
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Billy Wagner

With extra spaces would also add: Jeff Kent, Andruw Jones, Gary Sheffield, & maybe Mark Teixeira
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 03, 2021 at 05:10 PM (#6056069)

Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Jeff Kent
David Ortiz
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Sammy Sosa

I'm still on the fence on Jones and Sheffield
   12. Dr. Chaleeko Posted: December 03, 2021 at 06:03 PM (#6056075)
Bonds
Clemens
Helton
Jones
Kent
Ramirez
Rodríguez
Rolen
Schilling
Sheffield

Would like to have added Pettitte, Hudson, Buthelezi, and Sosa and maybe Abreu.
   13. The Duke Posted: December 03, 2021 at 06:16 PM (#6056076)
Bobby Abreu
Mark Buehrle
Todd Helton
Tim Hudson
Andru Jones
AJ Pierzynski
Scott Rolen
Jimmy Rollins
Curt Schilling

Rolen, helton and schilling are my only real HOFs but I’m ok with Jones and Rollins. The rest are because I think a few of these guys should get a handful kid votes - ie did more than just make the ballot
   14. TJ Posted: December 03, 2021 at 07:43 PM (#6056080)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
David Ortiz
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa

(I left out Curt Schilling in accordance with his own wishes.) My top tier choices are Bonds, Clemens and A-Rod. My mid-tier picks would be Rolen and Sosa. I would call the rest of my selections borderline mid-tier, with Helton being the best of the bunch. I would also have voted for Jeff Kent and Billy Wagner if I had the room.
   15. dark Posted: December 03, 2021 at 07:45 PM (#6056081)
Bobby Abreu
Todd Helton
Tim Hudson
Joe Nathan
David Ortiz
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
Billy Wagner
   16. LargeBill Posted: December 03, 2021 at 08:01 PM (#6056083)
Bobby Abreu
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Curt Schilling
Sammy Sosa
Billy Wagner
   17. Howie Menckel Posted: December 03, 2021 at 11:19 PM (#6056102)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Jeff Kent
David Ortiz
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield

Sosa and THudson were in the mix
   18. BDC Posted: December 04, 2021 at 11:24 AM (#6056120)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
David Ortiz
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa

Also "yes" if I'd had more room: Todd Helton, Andruw Jones
   19. dlf Posted: December 04, 2021 at 12:25 PM (#6056124)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
David Ortiz
Jake Peavy
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa

I would have voted for Schilling but he asked us not to and who am I to dishonor his wishes.

I voted for Peavy based on BBWAA logic of throwing a vote to someone for sentimental reasons.
   20. Howie Menckel Posted: December 04, 2021 at 12:51 PM (#6056128)
we would like to see an absence of some of the silliness that permeates Hall of Fame voting by the writers.

The rest are because I think a few of these guys should get a handful kid votes - ie did more than just make the ballot

I voted for Peavy based on BBWAA logic of throwing a vote to someone for sentimental reasons.


you can lead a horse to water, but...


   21. dlf Posted: December 04, 2021 at 01:20 PM (#6056135)
Feel free to disregard my entire ballot if you'd prefer.
   22. EddieA Posted: December 04, 2021 at 02:28 PM (#6056146)
Bonds
Clemens
Kent
Ortiz
Ramirez
Rodriguez
Rolen
Schilling
Sheffield
Sosa


   23. Howie Menckel Posted: December 04, 2021 at 02:34 PM (#6056147)
I guess I needed to add a smiley face

#shrugemoji
   24. Srul Itza Posted: December 04, 2021 at 04:47 PM (#6056177)
Bobby Abreu
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
David Ortiz
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
   25. Chris Cobb Posted: December 04, 2021 at 04:48 PM (#6056178)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield

Qualified but no room on the ballot: Bobby Abreu, Mark Buehrle, Tim Hudson, David Ortiz, Andy Pettitte, Sammy Sosa
   26. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 04, 2021 at 05:21 PM (#6056182)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
David Ortiz
Andy Pettitte
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
   27. Fiore Gino Posted: December 04, 2021 at 05:25 PM (#6056184)
Barry Bonds
Mark Buehrle
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Tim Hudson
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
   28. Space Force fan Posted: December 04, 2021 at 11:23 PM (#6056235)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
   29. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: December 05, 2021 at 04:04 PM (#6056268)
Barry Bonds
Mark Buehrle
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Sammy Sosa

Would also give strong consideration to Jones, Sheffield, Ortiz, Hudson and Kent; some of them will likely be on my ballot next year.
   30. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: December 05, 2021 at 06:08 PM (#6056281)
Barry Bonds
Mark Buehrle
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
David Ortiz
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield

Would have easily voted for Schilling, but alas he asked not to be included and I'm happy to comply with his request.
   31. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: December 05, 2021 at 06:10 PM (#6056282)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
David Ortiz
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
   32. bachslunch Posted: December 05, 2021 at 07:53 PM (#6056302)
Abreu
Bonds
Clemens
Helton
Jones
Kent
Rolen
Sheffield
Sosa
Wagner
   33. reech Posted: December 05, 2021 at 08:58 PM (#6056320)
Bonds
Clemens
Ortiz
Helton
Sheffield
Sosa
Schilling
   34. John Northey Posted: December 05, 2021 at 10:10 PM (#6056329)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
   35. cookiedabookie Posted: December 06, 2021 at 01:38 PM (#6056396)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Alex Rodriguez
Curt Schilling
Scott Rolen
Manny Ramirez
Andruw Jones
Andy Pettitte
Gary Sheffield
Tim Hudson

With unlimited votes: Jeff Kent, Roy Oswalt, Sammy Sosa, Mark Buehrle, David Ortiz, Bobby Abreu, Todd Helton, Billy Wagner
If they hadn't fallen off the ballot: Jim Edmonds, Johan Santana, Kenny Lofton, David Wells, Jorge Posada
   36. DL from MN Posted: December 08, 2021 at 11:38 AM (#6056640)
Two days left to vote. We're almost ahead of last year's participation.
   37. pikepredator Posted: December 08, 2021 at 12:33 PM (#6056656)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
David Ortiz
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa

So slugger heavy . . . I tried to talk myself into Hudson, Buehrle, and Pettite, but just can't see it. No enough bulk for compilers or height for peak guys, although I waffle on that. Maybe I just haven't quite adapted as much as I need to for modern usage but they are just under the line for me.

Scherzer, Greinke and Verlander would get my vote 100%, and Sabathia probably would too.

Last two cut:
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent

Both of whom are borderline for me. Being among the top fielding CF and best-hitting 2B in history (respectively) carries weight with me, given room I expect I would've felt badly leaving them off and thus voted for them both.
   38. SoSH U at work Posted: December 08, 2021 at 12:43 PM (#6056658)
Bonds
Clemens
Helton
Rolen
Schilling
Pettitte
Sheffield
Ortiz
Sosa
Buehrle.
   39. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: December 08, 2021 at 02:15 PM (#6056676)
Bobby Abreu
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
David Ortiz
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
   40. yest Posted: December 08, 2021 at 04:54 PM (#6056716)
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Curt Schilling

if someone ever could figure out what league avgs would be after factoring out steroids I can see adding a few other likely clean players.

   41. oscar madisox Posted: December 08, 2021 at 05:30 PM (#6056726)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
David Ortiz
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling

   42. The Mighty Quintana Posted: December 08, 2021 at 05:33 PM (#6056729)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
David Ortiz
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
   43. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: December 08, 2021 at 11:04 PM (#6056752)
Bobby Abreu
Roger Clemens
David Ortiz
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Sammy Sosa

Close but no: Helton, Jones, Kent, Vizquel

Obviously my Hall of Merit ballot would be a fair bit longer.

   44. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 09, 2021 at 04:06 PM (#6056827)
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
David Ortiz
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa

   45. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: December 09, 2021 at 07:20 PM (#6056841)
Bobby Abreu
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa
Billy Wagner

This felt a lot tougher than in previous years. It feels like there are a lot of guys all in the "they may or may not get my vote, but I wouldn't object if they made it" area of voting.
   46. DL from MN Posted: December 10, 2021 at 08:51 AM (#6056878)
4 hours left to vote!
   47. Howie Menckel Posted: December 10, 2021 at 10:58 AM (#6056884)
2 hours!
   48. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: December 10, 2021 at 11:12 AM (#6056885)
Barry Bonds
Mark Buehrle
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
David Ortiz
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
   49. DL from MN Posted: December 10, 2021 at 01:07 PM (#6056894)
Mock election is over

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