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Bill Mueller is getting at least one Hall of Fame vote

Jan 9, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT

Bill Mueller AP

I kinda liked Bill Mueller as a player. Got on base at a nice clip. Won a batting title. Was part of the 2004 Red Sox World Series team and hit well in the series itself. Maybe the numbers say differently but I want to remember him as playing a good third base. To the extent anyone ever thought to interview him, he seemed like a nice thoughtful chap.

And now, courtesy of Pedro Gomez of ESPN, he’s getting at least one Hall of Fame vote.

Gomez has taken a bunch of flak in the past day or two since that article went up.  To his credit he’s defended his vote on Twitter, calling it a “favored son vote,” and saying he gave it to Mueller to honor “what he represented.”

To his credit, but let’s not pretend that the defense has any merit. While I don’t think such token votes are a crime against nature — at least as long as no worthy candidate is being left off a ballot, which in Gomez’ case no one is — but that kind of thing bugs the living hell out of me.  We’re lectured by the voters constantly about how unpleasant a job it is filling out a Hall of Fame ballot and being told that we simply can’t understand how hard it is to make such decisions, and then someone uses their ballot as if it were for the homecoming king competition.

UPDATE:  I’m reminded that Gomez is also the guy who, three years ago, gave Jay Bell a courtesy vote. Oy.

  1. JBerardi - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Game four of the ’04 ALCS.

    That is all.

  2. hotkarlsandwich - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    D D D DeSmet!

    • bozosforall - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      Typical lame move by yet another idiot with a HOF ballot.

      • skids003 - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM

        Exactly right. This is the kind of stupid crap that keeps deserving players out.

  3. lembeck4 - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    I can’t tell from the BBWAA site if Gomez actually has a vote this year, or if he was just part of the ESPN office pool voting. In any event, he can vote for whoever he likes, we get to argue over it, it is the circle of life. I will say it is a bit silly for him to vote for Mueller while not voting for Raines, Bagwell, Edgar Martinez, etc.

  4. rooney24 - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    When any voter admits to a throw away vote, it lessens the legacy of the Hall. The voters always harp about how it is the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of Pretty Good. If they will stand by that as their reason for not voting for guys that might be deserving, how can you then give a vote to a guy that most wouldn’t consider much better than average overall? It isn’t the Hall of Guys I Kind of Like.

  5. natstowngreg - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Mueller, having zero chance to get elected, can say he got a Hall of Fame vote. No harm is done. Fans and bloggers with seriously warped perspectives will whine. Life will go on despite them.

    • dwrek5 - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      I dont mind the courtesy vote and I would probably do the same. But what if a lot of people give him the courtesy vote? Then he would slip in. Not likely, but not impossible.

      • bozosforall - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:02 PM

        That’s how Jim Rice got in. Too many sympathy votes in his last year of eligibility. The HOF voting continues to be a joke.

      • natstowngreg - Jan 9, 2012 at 6:20 PM

        If 75% of the electorate voted for someone, they aren’t “courtesy votes.” A “courtesy vote” goes to someone with roughly zero chance of getting to 75%. Ever.

  6. angrycorgi - Jan 9, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Yeah and I like to think Rusty Greer played well at LF and was a team player, but that don’t make him a HOFer.

  7. deathmonkey41 - Jan 9, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Bill Mueller had a halfway decent run on a team that was juiced to the hilt- so yes, he definitely deserves to be in the HoF.

    • CJ - Jan 9, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      your logic is infallible. As a result your BBWAA accrediation and ballot for the 2012 HOF is in the mail.

    • pisano - Jan 9, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      deathmonkey41… Amen to that.

    • Reflex - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:41 PM

      What is it with Yanks fans bashing the Sox for having some roiders? How can they miss the fact that thier own team has spent the last decade signing every roider they can get their hands on? Arod? Clemens? Giambi?

      I mean seriously, if you hate the roids, thats fine. I do too. But don’t get selective about it, virtually every team had a substantial number of roiders on them.

      Someone should do the math based on known roiders to determine who had the ‘cleanest’ team of the past two decades..

  8. CJ - Jan 9, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    It’s reasons like this where, if you have more than a 25% vocal minority voting in suspected roids users, it’s going to make it incredibly difficult to get any candidates on 75% of the ballots of the voting population of the BBWAA. Which will create a logjam for the hall that they may not ever to recover from unless one of the two groups changes their position in a hurry.

    If the voters don’t get their act together next year and get on the same page with so many suspected users coming up, it might end up being too late.

  9. 24missed - Jan 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Bill Mueller, one of the guys that took the quiet approach to winning the game, while still being of the team. I think he was easily overlooked because of his humble approach to the game while playing with some real characters. Not a bad thing, but I am glad that Bill Mueller is getting acknowledged. A huge thank you to him for all he has done for the Sox.

    O and the character clause, doesn’t that count for something? Couldn’t that explain the rational for part of a vote?

    Why Not Him?

  10. hammyofdoom - Jan 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Bill Mueller was my favorite player as a 13-14-15 year old boy and is one of my “guys”, so I have no problem with this. However, if this were some player I didnt care about, BLASPHEMER!

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