Posted by: Chris | December 30, 2009

Hall Of Fame Ballot Part 2

A few weeks ago, I discussed the first 5 of the possible Hall inductees for the 2010 ballot. This week I will be featuring the next 5 and the final 6 will be featured January 5th, the night before the selection is announced. In case you were wondering, here is a list of the possible inductees:

Roberto Alomar
Harold Baines
Bert Blyleven
Andre Dawson
Andres Galarraga
Barry Larkin
Edgar Martinez
Don Mattingly
Fred McGriff
Mark McGwire
Jack Morris
Dale Murphy
Dave Parker
Tim Raines
Lee Smith
Alan Trammell

Barry Larkin-He was a premier shortstop i nthe 90’s. He definitly dominated for a long period of time and was one of the best, if not THE best at his position at the time. His prime came just before the surplus of great shortstops came up, (A-Rod, Nomar, Jeter, and Tejada) Which meant he was really in a class of his own.  Will he get in? Yes. First ballot? no. My guess is that it will take him a couple years, but he will get in in about his 4th or 5th year on the ballot.

Edgar Martinez-He really set a standard for the DH. He turned it into a real position, if you will. Besides Paul Moliter, who is also a HOFer, Edgar was the best DH in history. He finished with a career batting average of above .300 and had a nice RBI total when all was said and done. Will he get in? Yes. Will it take him awhile? Oh yea. Odds are he won’t get into until his 7th or maybe even 9th year, but eventually he will get in.

Don Mattingly-As much as the Yankee fans will hate to hear this, I beleive Donnie Baseball will be on the outside looking in when it comes to his HOF induction. His numbers just weren’t good enough to put him into superstar status. The only reason he was as popular as he was, is because he was a Yankee. i’m not a Yankee hater like other people are, but I believe that if Mattingly was a career Pittsburgh Pirate, he wouldn’t even be on the ballot. Sure he was good, but this is the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of very good.

Fred McGriff-Fred had himself a very nice career. High average, loads of RBI’s, and 493 home runs. Unfortunalty, playing in the steroid era will effect his chances. I believe that McGriff didn’t take roids, but the voters may not see it that way. Just as Blyleven was only a few wins shy of 300, A reason he may not be in yet, McGriff being 7 shy of 500 home runs, may also cost him a plaque in Cooperstown. Does he get in? I hope so, as long as he was steriod clean, he deserves it. How long will it take him? If he does get in, it’ll be awhile., I’d say his 10th or maybe even 13th try.

Mark McGwire-Let me just start by saying, I hate Mark McGwire. I hate him for tainting the signle season Home run record that Roger Maris worked so hard to set and I hate McGwire for never admitting he cheated, even though he did. I will give him this though, He didn’t look like he was on steroids his rookie season when he hit 49 home runs, but hey, A-Rod looked like he wasn’t on roids eitther and he was proven to have cheated. Mark has already been a few votes shy of getting eliminated of the ballot before, my guess is in a few years, his name will be gone completly. Will he get in? Deffinitley not.

So far, we have Dawson and Blyleven getting in this year, with Alomar, Larkin, and Martinez eventually getting in in a few years. Then, Baines, Galarraga, Mattingly, and McGwire will not get in.

Stay tuned for part 3 of the Hall of Fame ballot, January 5th, the night before the voters announce the 2010 inductees.



  1. Well I hope you are wrong about Roberto Alomar. If he is not a first ballot Hall of Famer then they need to close the HOF.

    Alomar is one of the top 5 or 6 second baseman to ever play the game.

    An interesting note about Edgar Martinez and Paul Molitor: Frank Thomas actually had more at-bats at DH than Molitor, and is very close to Edgar’s totals there.

  2. I guess I left out Thomas’ numbers because he wasn’t eligible yet, but I agree Thomas was pretty close, if not the best, DH of all time and definitly deserves a first ballot entry.

    As for Alomar, I’m not sure, I have no dout he gets in, just that the time it might take. I mean, when Blylevin and Dawson were eligible, people were saying they were no dout first ballots and look. there still not in.

  3. True. True.

    Blyleven should have been in long ago.

    Can’t trust these dang HOF voters. Some are great but too many of them go on gut.

    Raines should be in as well. He is probably the second best lead off hitter ever (studying actual value).

    If I had to guess, the only two that make it this year are Blyleven and Alomar.

  4. Yea I’m not sure what some of these voters are doing. Like last year when Rickey Henderson only recieved 97% of the votes. How does someone not vote for him?

    As for Raines, I totally agree. He was deffinitly dominant in his era and had a long successfull career. If he didn’t get into drugs, he probably would be in

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