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Buster Olney’s Hall of Fame ballot is unique

Dec 22, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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Buster Olney’s Hall of Fame selections are buried in his column today. He doesn’t explain his picks there, but I think it’s safe to say that no one will have a ballot quite like his:

Roberto Alomar, Rafael Palmeiro, Tim Raines, Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell, and Mark McGwire.

There’s obviously no PED stigma for Olney (which he has explained in the past). In some ways he’s tough (no Blyleven) in other ways he’s lenient (Palmeiro, Morris).  Buster always seems to be thoughtful about these matters, so I’d be curious to hear his arguments.  I’ll say this much: before seeing this ballot, I would have assumed that there was little if any overlap between the people who would vote for both PED users and Jack Morris.

In other Hall news, Rich Lederer, who has been farther out in front of the Bert Blyleven candidacy than anyone — and whom Jon Heyman has specifically called out in his own writing about the Hall of Fame — writes a sharp and highly-detailed rebuttal to Heyman’s stuff.  No matter where you fall on the Blyleven/Morris continuum,  it’s definitely worth a read. And I’d say that even if he didn’t link HardballTalk with approval near the end.

And yes: I realize we’ve been extremely Hall of Fame-heavy this week.  For better or worse, however, it’s really all that’s going on.

  1. BC - Dec 22, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    What, no vote for Bobby Higgenson?
    Olney is excellent but sometimes his voodoo mystifies me. Like now.

  2. largebill - Dec 22, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    No! Not Buster! I guess he seems so thoughtful on most issues I forgot he is one of the inexplicable Morris – Yes & Blyleven – No voters. This one bugs me because unlike some of the others I normally have considerable respect for Olney. This is just sad. Heyman’s nonsense was expected this was not.

  3. Panda Claus - Dec 22, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    You can argue Morris in or out all day long, but how can anyone say ‘yes’ to Morris without also doing the same for Blyleven?

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