2013 HOF Ballots
According to a tweet this morning by ESPN Baseball Analyst Buster Olney, voting ballots will be mailed this week to the 570 or so accredited members of the BBWAA for the 2013 Hall of Fame election.
As has been discussed here and elsewhere for years now, the talent level on the next few ballots would make it seem any holdovers would stand little chance of election. Guys like Jack Morris, who received 66.7% of the vote last year in an admittedly down year, and Jeff Bagwell, who checked in at 56%, will either fall off the ballot entirely or will wait a few years longer than their supporters believed possible.
According to Baseball Reference, the preliminary list contained forty-five players total, with thirteen carryovers from 2012. The list of repeat candidates ranges from former Yankee Bernie Williams, who is appearing on his second ballot, to two time National League MVP Dale Murphy, who is appearing on his fifteenth and final.
Among the candidates appearing on the ballot for the first time include Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mike Piazza, Curt Schilling and Craig Biggio.
In the past, voters have shown a disdain for not only the admitted use of steriods and other performance enhancing drugs, but the rumored use.
The issue for me, if I had a vote, wouldn’t necessarily be the use, but when it actually started. Many people believe the stories surrounding Bonds; that he grew tired of the lesser talented guys like Sosa and McGwire getting recognition and money and started using following the 1998 season.
I’m not one of those people, however.
And therein lies the rub, do you have to take only what you hear, or should your own experiences and common sense allow you to think outside the box?
If steriods weren’t a factor, then Bonds, Clemens and Piazza should be no-brainers; from there the drop off to the next guys on the list is pretty significant, IMO.
I think Piazza’s the only guy getting in this year.