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My 2008 Hall of Fame Ballot

(I needed to get this out prior to the announcement tomorrow)

In Like My Surname . . .

  • Bert Blyleven – Quite simply the best player not in the Hall of Fame, and better than many already enshrined.  YOU try winning 300 games playing for those teams.
  • Goose Gossage – Dominating.  His induction is due to the induction of Sutter, whose case is weakened by Gossage’s inclusion.  Yes, you can re-read that sentence.
  • Tim Raines – Runner up to Ricky Henderson – and then some.  Some writers will penalize him for his admitted use of cocaine 25 years ago, but worse has been said of our past two presidents.
  • Alan Trammell – A man I’ve met and respect tremendously.  His ankle injury in 1992 really lead to a reduction of health over the remainder of his career.  I was there. I was working the game for the PASS Sports broadcast and I heard his ankle snap when he landed awkwardly on first base trying to leg out an infield single.

Needs Seasoning . . .

  • Mark McGwire – a few more years for everyone to get their minds around the enhanced era.
  • Lee Smith – the inclusion of modern-era closers has made his induction a possibility.

At Some Point . . .

  • Joe Jackson
  • Pete Rose

(Eventually there will be the Asterisk Wing of the HOF)

It’s Just An Honor to Be Eligible . . .

  • Brady Anderson
  • Harold Baines
  • Rod Beck
  • Dave Concepcion
  • Andre Dawson
  • Shawon Dunston
  • Steve Finley
  • Travis Fryman
  • Tommy John
  • David Justice
  • Chuck Knoblauch
  • Don Mattingly
  • Jack Morris
  • Dale Murphy
  • Robb Nen
  • Dave Parker
  • Jim Rice
  • Jose Rijo
  • Todd Stottlemyre

In the Hall of Accomplishment, we’ll have Brady Anderson’s 1996 season, Tommy John’s surgery with Dr. Frank Jobe, Knoblauch’s (and Steve Sax’s) accuracy disease, and Jack Morris’ Game 7.