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Hall of Fame BBWAA To Induct Four Again in 2019, Six With Veterans Ballot
January 22, 2019 - Well, it's too many for us, but to be expected as the trophies for all generation becomes voting members of the BBWAA. Four players, Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay with certain Hall of Fame credentials, one we think should have gotten there eventually, Mike Mussina, and one on the brink, Edgar Martinez, were voted into the Hall of Fame in the class of 2019. They will accompany two additional players added in December by the Veterans Committee; Harold Baines and Lee Smith. Those two are also marginal candidates for us.
Why do we say brink and marginal for three of the honorees. Well, we're not in favor of the very good getting into the Hall of Fame and that's where we think someone like Harold Baines sits. Yes, he has all those RBI, 1628, which in many ways makes him a lock, but there were very few years when baseball considered him the best of the best, (no year when he was Top 5 in MVP voting) so accumulation just doesn't quite get there in this circumstance. With Martinez and Smith, the rationale is the same. We don't think specialists belong in the Hall of Fame, unless they were so special, there's no doubt. The no doubt with a reliever is someone like Rivera; while Smith is close with his 3 Top 5 Cy Young finishes. Martinez just falls short with his counting stats for us, although his special ability to get on base as a 0.300, 0.400, 0.500 player in AVE/OBP/SLG is noteworthy. The fact that he played half of his games as a DH diminishes that to us.
How Did the Vote Go for Those Inducted: Mariano Rivera 100%, Roy Halladay 85.4%, Edgar Martinez 85.4%, Mike Mussina 76.7%. 75% is needed for election.
How Did Others Do Who Remain on the Ballot: Curt Schilling 60.9%, Roger Clemens 59.5%, Barry Bonds 59.1%, Larry Walker 54.6%, Omar Vizquel 42.8%, Fred McGriff 39.8%, Manny Ramirez 22.8%, Jeff Kent 18.1%, Scott Rolen 17.2%, Billy Wagner 16.7%, Todd Helton 16.5%, Gary Sheffield 13.6%, Andy Pettite 9.9%, Sammy Sosa 8.5%, Andruw Jones 7.5%.
All those who did not get five percent of the vote are removed from the ballot next year.
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