Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Baseball Hall of Fame Balloting is On Fire (Metaphorically, of course)

The Baseball Hall of Fame voting results will be announced on January 12. Some worthy candidates will make it, but one or two won't: Alan Trammell and Jack Morris.

I mentioned Trammell last ballot season, and while my position hasn't changed, I doubt he will make it this year. Nor will Morris, though many are continuing to lobby on their behalf.

This doesn't even get into Lou Whittaker, who was dumped off the ballot eight years ago, an oversight which the New York Times suggested remedying last month by eliminating the rule to require a player to get an annual 5% minimum vote to continue on the ballot.

Only one Hall of Famer exists from the 1984 Detroit Tigers, which was one of the top teams of that decade: Sparky Anderson, and he wears a Reds cap on his plaque. The dearth of representation from that team cannot be because baseball writers vote for the Hall of Fame, and it was baseball writers who looked outside of Tiger Stadium to see, and then walk past, the late (despite this MySpace link) Bubba Helms and his buddies "celebrating" the Tiger Series victory that night.

Can it?

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