My Ballot: Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Alan Trammel, Curt Schilling, Craig Biggio
I do not have a vote for the baseball hall of fame but I have some arguments and here they are... (Candidates listed here in order of % of vote received last year and are followed by the new ballot)
Jack Morris: NO. Let's compare Jack Morris to new on the ballot David Wells. Morris pitched 400 more innings than Wells so they are close, although Wells had a little more in terms of bullpen outings. Morris has 15 more Wins than Wells (254 - 239), a shockingly similar WHIP (1.296 worse than Wells' 1.266), almost 700 more walks than Wells (1,390 to Wells' 719), more strikeouts (2,478 - 2,201, but commensurate with the extra innings Morris pitched). In advanced stats, Wells ERA+ is 108 and Morris is down at 105... these are two pitchers who might have had great peak years or pitched on good teams to explain their greatness, but their numbers are just a little better than the league average - they are both a mustache and a Seattle away from mediocrity, obscurity and absence of celebrity.
Jeff Bagwell: YES. A 76 WAR, an OPS+ of 149. Career OPS of .948 ...if you want Vladdy in one day you want Bagwell in now as he is the great power player who has less than 500 HR and fewer than 3,000 hits who was still a monster.
Lee Smith: NO. Sure he played a season for the Angels but big deal. He was no Gossage, no Sutter, let's aim for a high standard hall.
Tim Raines: YES. over 800 Stolen Bases and an OPS of .810... If there had been no Rickey Henderson he would have been a first ballot HOFer for sure. It is a pity he had to wait this long.
Alan Trammel: YES. If he had done a cartwheel every opening day, perhaps he would already be in the Hall of Fame but this was one of the game's great defenders ever.
Edgar Martinez: NO. Not that he is not Hall of Fame worthy, but make him wait a few more years. Players have fifteen years on the ballot if they garner more than 5% of the vote. This is his fourth year. Let him wait a little longer for not being able to field.
Fred McGriff: NO. Nice peak, petered out too quickly... kind of the bubble - if you are better than him you are in and if you are not better than him you have to have some media kiss-up trendy campaign like Jim Rice had.
Larry Walker: NO. Another bubble. There are guys worse than him already in but I say keep it a small hall mistakes and all.
Mark McGwire: NO. A one-dimensional player. Okay, two dimensional - he also cheated.
Don Mattingly: NO. From the pre-stat days of Batting Average Godhead.
Dale Murphy: NO. Proof that Neil Young was right when he sang "It's better to burn out than to fade away..."
Rafael Palmeiro: NO. Dictionary has his picture next to the definition of WUSS.
Bernie Williams: NO. Let's pretend the Yankees are still great and even then he doesn't make it.
BARRY BONDS: NO. Make him wait for being the King of Personality Douchebags, let alone for the roids.
ROGER CLEMENS: NO. Make him wait so he says something and destroys his stupid legacy a little bit more each year.
MIKE PIAZZA: NO. He'll get in, but make him wait.
CURT SCHILLING: YES. I hate this hosebag but look at the numbers and he is at least twice as good as Jack Morris.
KENNY LOFTON: NO. On the wrong side of the McGriff Bubble.
CRAIG BIGGIO: YES. 3,000 career hits = I don't have to think about anything anymore.
SAMMY SOSA: NO. I cannot wait for him to go verbally macho abusive upon his deserved rejection in order to seal his fate - will self-immolate his legacy faster than Clemens, just watch!
DAVID WELLS: NO. I used him and now I am discarding him and that is how I roll.
Everyone Else: Nope. Thanks for playing.
FROM MLB's PRESS RELEASE: The results of the 2013 National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot will be announced live exclusively on MLB Network and simulcast on MLB.com on Wednesday, January 9 at 11:00 AM Pacific Time as part of a three-hour announcement show beginning at 9:00 AM. Featuring National Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson, coverage will include interviews with electees and be anchored by Greg Amsinger, Brian Kenny and Heidi Watney with MLB Network’s Bob Costas, Al Leiter, Kevin Millar, Harold Reynolds, Hall of Fame award-winning baseball writer Peter Gammons, and Hall of Fame voters Jon Heyman, Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci.