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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Mock Hall of Fame Ballot 2023

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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 Tuesday, December 13, 2022 (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
Bronson Arroyo
Carlos Beltran
Mark Buehrle
Matt Cain
RA Dickey
Jacoby Ellsbury
Andre Ethier
JJ Hardy
Todd Helton
Torii Hunter
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
John Lackey
Mike Napoli
Jhonny Peralta
Andy Pettitte
AJ Pierzynski
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Francisco Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Jimmy Rollins
Gary Sheffield
Huston Street
Omar Vizquel
Billy Wagner
Jered Weaver
Jayson Werth

DL from MN Posted: December 06, 2022 at 03:50 PM | 35 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: December 06, 2022 at 04:10 PM (#6108306)
Bobby Abreu
Carlos Beltran
Mark Buehrle
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
   2. dark Posted: December 06, 2022 at 04:30 PM (#6108314)
Bobby Abreu
Carlos Beltrán
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Manny Ramírez
Alex Rodríguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
Billy Wagner
   3. alilisd Posted: December 06, 2022 at 05:42 PM (#6108333)
Bobby Abreu
Carlos Beltran
Mark Buehrle
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
   4. reech Posted: December 06, 2022 at 06:31 PM (#6108341)
Sheffield
Pettite
Helton
   5. The Duke Posted: December 06, 2022 at 08:23 PM (#6108384)

Carlos Beltran
Mark Buehrle
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Andy Pettitte
Scott Rolen
Jimmy Rollins
Gary Sheffield
Omar Vizquel
Billy Wagner
   6. progrockfan Posted: December 07, 2022 at 08:02 AM (#6108435)
Bobby Abreu
Carlos Beltran
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
   7. kcgard2 Posted: December 07, 2022 at 08:46 AM (#6108445)
Bobby Abreu
Carlos Beltran
Mark Buehrle
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
   8. bachslunch Posted: December 07, 2022 at 10:32 AM (#6108480)
Bobby Abreu
Carlos Beltran
Mark Buehrle
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Francisco Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
Billy Wagner

With an unlimited ballot, would have included Manny and A-Rod, maybe Rollins and Pettitte.
   9. Space Force fan Posted: December 07, 2022 at 11:31 AM (#6108497)
Carlos Beltran
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
   10. Booey Posted: December 07, 2022 at 12:11 PM (#6108514)
I think this is the first time in a decade I've actually been able to include everyone I want to vote for:

Carlos Beltran
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
   11. Howie Menckel Posted: December 07, 2022 at 12:44 PM (#6108519)
Bobby Abreu
Carlos Beltran
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
   12. HGM Posted: December 07, 2022 at 01:32 PM (#6108531)
Carlos Beltran
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
   13. DL from MN Posted: December 08, 2022 at 05:56 PM (#6108815)
bump
   14. Jaack Posted: December 08, 2022 at 06:06 PM (#6108818)
Carlos Beltran
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield

Not opposed to Wagner or Abreu, but both are below the line for me. If I were a real BBWAA voter I'd probably throw a bone to Matt Cain in that last spot, but he's obviously not a real candidate.
   15. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: December 08, 2022 at 07:01 PM (#6108821)
Carlos Beltran
Andruw Jones
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield

Basically, I'm a yes on Sheffield because I have no faith in defensive metrics from his era -- or, kind of, this one -- and he was such a magnificent hitter that I have a hard time believing he's actually dragged down that far without literally taking a nap on his glove every game.
   16. Tiboreau Posted: December 09, 2022 at 10:13 AM (#6108859)
Bobby Abreu
Carlos Beltran
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
   17. Dr. Chaleeko Posted: December 10, 2022 at 12:25 PM (#6108999)
Bobby Abreu
Carlos Beltran
Mark Buehrle
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield

I woulda voted for Kent too, but for some reason the BBWAA thinks ten is enough guys to vote for.
   18. Srul Itza Posted: December 10, 2022 at 01:53 PM (#6109007)
1. Bobby Abreu
2. Carlos Beltran
3. Todd Helton
4. Jeff Kent
5. Andy Pettitte
6. Manny Ramirez
7. Alex Rodriguez
8. Scott Rolen
9. Gary Sheffield
10. Billy Wagner
   19. cookiedabookie Posted: December 10, 2022 at 08:17 PM (#6109084)
Bobby Abreu
Carlos Beltran
Mark Buehrle
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield

Todd Helton just missed. Wagner belongs with current HoF closer cohort, but I would only have 2-3 closers myself
   20. DL from MN Posted: December 12, 2022 at 12:34 PM (#6109176)
One day left to vote
   21. BDC Posted: December 12, 2022 at 01:52 PM (#6109193)
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
   22. The Duke Posted: December 12, 2022 at 04:23 PM (#6109231)
Argh - I'd don't mean to vote for Wagner in number 5. Please take him off. Rather humorous though. I just didn't delete his name after the cut and paste
   23. SoSH U at work Posted: December 12, 2022 at 04:29 PM (#6109232)
Carlos Beltran
Mark Buehrle
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen

   24. JoeC Posted: December 12, 2022 at 04:42 PM (#6109240)
Carlos Beltran
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield

Still refining the error bars on Sheff/Andruw defense as the field matures, and hell, they're both in (as are Helton and maybe a couple others) if your choice is to keep the size of the HOF but replace the mistakes (approximately what the HOM does).
   25. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: December 12, 2022 at 06:17 PM (#6109258)
Carlos Beltran
Mark Buehrle
Todd Helton
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
   26. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: December 12, 2022 at 06:26 PM (#6109265)
Carlos Beltran
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
   27. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 12, 2022 at 07:17 PM (#6109272)
Todd Helton
Jeff Kent
Andy Pettitte
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield

On the fence on Abreu, would think longer if an actual HoF voter. Holding off on Beltran for his illegal sign stealing & not quite a 1st ballot guy.
   28. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: December 12, 2022 at 08:08 PM (#6109283)
Bobby Abreu
Carlos Beltran
Mark Buehrle
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield

I tend toward big Hall voting; I could also be talked into Kent. This is the weakest ballot in a while, usually there are half a dozen on my "would also consider" list.
   29. Baldrick Posted: December 13, 2022 at 06:55 AM (#6109309)
Don't know if I was the only one, but for basically a week, I was unable to post here. The system logged me out if I came to this page. If other people were facing that issue, it would really limit voting.

Bobby Abreu
Carlos Beltran
Mark Buehrle
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield

I grudgingly voted for Buehrle and Pettitte, neither of whom really feel like a definite HOFer to me, but I guess I can squint and see it. Abreu is also barely over the line. I think I've previously listed Kent as a 'maybe' but I no longer see it. These are the only ten guys I think have a solid case.
   30. DL from MN Posted: December 13, 2022 at 09:56 AM (#6109322)
68. Adam Starblind Posted: December 13, 2022 at 07:35 AM (#6109312)
Hey Duke, I’m also unable to post in the mock ballot thread:

Beltran
Andruw
Rolen
Helton
   31. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: December 13, 2022 at 10:00 AM (#6109324)
Beltran
Helton
Ramirez
Rodriguez
Rolen
Sheffield
   32. John Mazzeo Posted: December 13, 2022 at 10:04 AM (#6109325)
Bobby Abreu
Carlos Beltran
Mark Buehrle
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
   33. The Duke Posted: December 13, 2022 at 11:10 AM (#6109333)
This vote from Adam Starblind


Beltran
Andruw
Rolen
Helton
   34. Guapo Posted: December 13, 2022 at 12:53 PM (#6109346)
Sorry, couldn't post in this thread earlier but now it may be working?

Bobby Abreu
Carlos Beltran
Mark Buehrle
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
Jeff Kent
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
   35. DL from MN Posted: December 13, 2022 at 04:25 PM (#6109408)
Election is over, results soon

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