So, now we’re down to what remains of the Hall of Fame ballot. And, no offense to the guys remaining, but none of them are even close. Well, David Wells might be considered close. But, have you ever heard the phrase “I’d rather be lucky than good”? That should be David Wells’ mantra. He played on some excellent teams, and as a side-effect of that, was able to manage a .604 win pct., in spite of a 4.13 career ERA, and just 2201 K’s in 21 seasons.
But, aside from possibly Wells, I don’t expect any of the remaining names to reach above the 5% plateau that guarantees you a spot on the next year’s HOF ballot. In case you’re wondering, those remaining names are Steve Finley, Julio Franco, Reggie Sanders, Shawn Green, Jeff Cirillo, Woody Williams, Rondell White, Ryan Klesko, Aaron Sele, Roberto Hernandez, Royce Clayton, Jeff Conine, Mike Stanton, Sandy Alomar, Jose Mesa, and Todd Walker.
So, to wrap up this debate, I wanted to point out again that I don’t believe that suspicion of PED-use should automatically eliminate you from consideration for the Hall of Fame. I do believe there is a logical way to look at a player’s career and consider how much PED’s helped him. Also, you may have noticed, that I don’t believe that certain career numbers that have been accumulated automatically mean you’re a HOFer. It’s the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of Numbers. The ability of so many players today to be able to play above-average for 20+ seasons is causing some of these numbers to become irrelevant (3,000 hits, for example). A guy can achieve some of these numbers, and never be one of the really elite players of his generation.
In the end, the guys that I would include on my 2013 Hall of Fame Ballot are:
- Jack Morris
- Jeff Bagwell
- Lee Smith
- Barry Bonds
- Roger Clemens
- Curt Schilling
Others on the ballot either have numbers that are too inflated/suspect due to PED-use, or they aren’t impressive enough to join the elite, in my opinion. Thanks for keeping up with all of these posts. Check back soon for more baseball ranting.