With the Hall of Fame voting being announced Wednesday, I pick my annual Hall of Fame ballot with a little reasoning in between.
This years ballot includes (first time in bold, % of last years vote): Garret Anderson, Brad Ausmus, Jeff Bagwell (55.7%), Barry Bonds (36.8%), Luis Castillo, Roger Clemens (37.5%), David Eckstein, Jim Edmonds, Nomar Garciaparra (5.5%), Troy Glaus, Ken Griffey Jr., Mark Grudzielanek, Mike Hampton, Trevor Hoffman, Jason Kendall, Jeff Kent (14%), Mike Lowell, Edgar Martinez (27%), Fred McGriff (12.9%), Mark McGwire (10%), Mike Mussina (24.6%), Mike Piazza (69.9%), Tim Raines (55%), Curt Schilling (39.2%), Gary Sheffield (11.7%), Lee Smith (30.2%), Sammy Sosa (6.6%), Mike Sweeney, Alan Trammell (25.1%), Billy Wagner,Larry Walker (11.8%), Randy Winn
To be elected, a player must be on 75% of all ballots (338 votes) from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Voters were cut from 600 to 450 this year, eliminating writers who have not been involved in the game in the last ten years. Each voter can make 0-10 selections.
Last year, the BBWAA elected four members to the Hall in Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio. The first time four had been elected in the same year since 1955.
My votes are for (in no particular order)…