While the title could easily lead to another Harding basketball post, this one’s actually about the Baseball Hall of Fame, which will announce its latest inductees today. Hat tip to ME for the idea. I already posted my case for certain players over on his site, so I’m just yanking the comment and putting it here:
Lots of baseball folks don’t like the HOF debates, and although I can understand why, I think they’re fun.
My ballot would of course include locks like Gwynn and Ripken, but it’s hard to say who’s in after that.
Gossage is an interesting name on the ESPN list because most relievers don’t pitch enough innings to be truly valuable to their teams, even the best ones. Would he even have been an average starter? I guess if Sutter is in, Goose has to be, but I wouldn’t have voted for either one.
If you make the case for Murphy and Dawson, I don’t think you can leave out Jim Rice, who was arguably better than both. Even as a Braves fan, I think Murphy’s career leaves him a bit short. The other two probably should be in, though.
I’m not a Jack Morris backer, since he pitched most of his good years in the gaping hole that was Tiger Stadium and still only had a 3.90 career ERA. I do have to mention Blyleven, though. He has had the case made on his behalf all over the internets. Sure, his self-promotion is a little off-putting, but he should be in. The fact that 8 of the ESPN guys voted for Morris and only 7 voted for Blyleven is disconcerting.
I’d vote for McGwire, too. Maybe one day we’ll have the steroid issue sorted out, and maybe we won’t. Until then, he should be in.
The ESPN writers put their ballots online, and I think I agree most with Sean McAdam, who voted only for Gwynn, Ripken, Dawson, and Rice. He was also the only one to leave Gossage off his list, which is a move I can support. I would add McGwire and Blyleven to his list for the reasons stated above, and I might even think about leaving Dawson off.
UPDATE: This was obviously supposed to be posted before the announcement this afternoon, but I decided to post it now anyway. I was waiting for the above comment to show up on ME’s Lame-O Blog so I wouldn’t have to type it all again.