Hi. I think the following former baseball players that are/were on the Hall of Fame ballot should be/should have been voted in.
Yes, all he did was hit. Hitting is an important part of baseball. Edgar Martinez is the greatest DH of all-time. Greatest of all-time - GOAT, if you will - gets you win.
No-brainer. If I have to explain why Chipper Jones is a hall of famer, you probably have no real interest in baseball anyway. I'm dreading that bitching that's gonna come from those people upset that a handful of voters didn't vote Chipper in. Those people are always fun. Also, Cooperstown will seem more complete with a hall of famer named "Chipper."
This piece convinced me. I used to not be convinced. Being open-minded is fun.
Barry Bonds is the best baseball player I've ever seen.
If watching Andruw Jones play baseball didn't make you smile, then we can't be friends. Only Andruw made things like watching the Braves and paying for TBS in the late-90s tolerable.
Roger Clemens is the third-greatest living pitcher.
Curt Schilling and Madison Bumgarner are the greatest postseason pitchers ever. Schilling's non-postseason numbers are very, very, very good. His October exploits put him over the top. He's a gasbag, but so am I.
Seven players in history have a higher slugging percentage than Manny Ramirez. And come on, this dude was fun. This guy made baseball fun. Baseball is supposed to be fun, no?
"It's not the Hall of Very Good," you say. Fine, but what kept him from compiling numbers that'd make a better case are the fact that he played through a number of injuries and that he didn't hang around until he was 40. He was the best defensive third baseman of his era, and he was a consistently quality offensive player, has career WAR, peak WAR. and JAWS totals that are comparable to third basemen who are in the Hall. He got All-Star nods and MVP votes in three different decades (I'm reaching a little, I know), he could've been MVP of the 2004 NLCS, and he should've been MVP of the 2006 World Series. Plus, I'm more and more in love with the 2010 Reds with each passing losing Reds season, and I don't want to have to wait until Joey Votto's induction years from now to celebrate that team.
The best player that often did things that no one saw, because of how long he played in Montreal. Had a ten-year peak in which he hit .327/.394/.586 while averaging 35 homers and 114 RBIs. He made the single greatest throw I've ever seen, at Riverfront Stadium, in 2001. And it seemed like he was the one guy we could all agree to love.
None of this will be used to indict my lack of intelligence or absence of morals.
Maybe some of this will ignite a fun, good-natured, but spirited, debate.
Thanks for reading.