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Comment of the Day: the Hall of Fame voters are worse than we thought

Dec 1, 2009, 12:30 PM EDT

Reader CasEjonz, reacting to Hal Bodley’s “Roberto Alomar is no first ballot Hall of Famer” rebop, notes that the writers are way worse when it comes to this stuff than even I suggested. Take the complete lack of unanimous Hall of Fame votes:

To this point, Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan are the closest to 100% at 98.8%. The fact that some voters can not see an obviously worthy player, makes
the notion of even “first ballot” distinction moot. If they cant get
the obvious, then how much merit can we put behind their selections
whether it is a first timer or a fifteenth timer. I can’t wait for
those same writers to argue why Ken Griffey Jr and Derek Jeter aren’t
worthy of an automatic vote, but will argue for some fringe guy that
they got a Christmas card from.

Excellent point. Willie Freakin’ Mays was not a unanimous vote. Mickey Freakin’ Mantle was not a unanimous vote.  A voter’s discretion is a wonderful thing and I’d be loathe to mess with it, but if you have guys like that staring at you on the ballot and you can’t pull the lever, you’ve forfeited the franchise, my friend.

  1. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Dec 1, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Isn’t it [rumored]because of Ruth’s not getting a unanimous vote that some writers use as justification for leaving obvious HoFers off their ballots?

  2. Paul - Dec 1, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    This guy needs to have his HoF vote taken away. Alomar is one of the best, if not the best all-around 2B who ever lived. If this guy is worried about voting for him “on the first ballot”, he doesn’t understand that this is not a criteria for inclusion to the HoF. He should be stripped of his voting privileges, as this is totally absurd.

  3. Loren - Dec 1, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    I heard a voter explain his not voting for Cal Ripken by saying that there were 10 other players on the ballot that he wanted in too, and Cal was going to get elected without his vote. That’s the only reasonable explanation for leaving off an obviously great player I’ve heard (though “reasonable” is clearly debateable when you can find 11 players on one ballot that you think are worthy of the HOF)

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