Discount mulberry wash bag Outlet My Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for Class of 2018
1. Chipper Jones Jones is arguably one of the Top 25 offensive players in MLB history, and near the very top of the list of switch hitters. The crack in his armor: He was a below average defender. Yet, he more than made up for it offensively.
2. Jim Thome There are two statistics that standout about Thome. His 612 home runs is eighth all time. Oh, and he 23rd all time in slugging percentage and 24th in runs created. A great truly power hitter.
3. Barry Bonds Simply put, Bonds was the best hitter I have ever seen. He was a solid plus fielder and base runner throughout most of his career, too. He is one of the greatest players of all time. The only thing keeping him out is suspicion of performance enhancing drug use. Yet, there are clearly multiple players in the Hall of Fame who used PEDs, so there is no justifiable reason for denying Bonds.
4. Roger Clemens See the above comments about Bonds, replace the word with There, you understand why Clemens name was checked on my ballot.
5. Curt Schilling I have been torn when it comes to ways to describe Schilling deportment since he retired from MLB. Is he a dolt? Is he a jackass? Is he a dimwit? Is he an ignoramus? My personal favorite is numbskull, although I fully acknowledge all the above apply. But here the truth: Metrically Schilling was one of the greatest pitchers of all time (80.7 WAR, 26th all time), and he was incredible in the postseason (11 2, 2.33 ERA, 4 1, 2.06 in the World Series, .896 WHIP in 48 World Series innings). So he is the first person I usually mark down each year. And, by the way, if Schilling were to get in, it not like he be alone in the wing.
6. Mike Mussina At first glance, Mussina numbers don pop off the page like some hurler from the 1960s when the mound was five inches higher and there was no DH. But metrically,
he is one of the Top 25 pitchers of all time, even better than Schilling, although his postseason cache isn nearly the same. Oh, and for what it worth, Mussina is a class act.
7. Trevor Hoffman I didn vote for Hoffman last year. I voted for him the year before. He is very close to getting in, and I not going to present a ballot that could keep him out. The argument is about closers, and their value. My view of it has changed dramatically in the 20 years I have voted for the Hall. I have come to understand the value of leverage situations compared to handing the ball to a closer with a clean slate in the ninth. But regardless of how the role of closer has been traditionally overvalued, Hoffman ranks in the top handful ever in the role. He got my vote. Hope he gets in.
8. Vladimir Guerrero There is this perception Guerrero was a tremendous 5 tool player, but it was for a relatively short period. His WAR (59.3) makes him a borderline Hall of Famer. He is getting close to being inducted. Again, and I been through this in the past when players I felt were being overrated by voters (Craig Biggio and Jim Rice come to mind) were close, and I will vote for the player. There are plenty of things Guerrero did in his career to justify his induction (.318 batting average, .931 OPS, an MVP Award, 101st all time offensive WAR). Like Hoffman, hope he gets in.
9. Larry Walker He hit .381 with an OPS of 1.172 at Coors Field, so the automatic assumption is that Walker career was a product of his ball park. It definitely helped, but he had a career WAR of 72.9 because he was an outstanding all around player, who was a solid plus as both a base runner and a fielder, in addition to his hitting prowess. His career OPS in away games was a very respectable .865.
10 Scott Rolen: He a bigger player (6 4, 245 pounds) at a different position (third base compared to shortstop), but Rolen Hall case reminds a lot of Trammell. He clearly belongs in when compared to other third basemen. He was a brilliant fielder (eight Gold Glove Awards). His career WAR of 70 is in the Top 100. He did have some dominant seasons,
particularly in 2004.