2006 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot
Sam Killay - Raystalk
Bert Blyleven: didn’t have as high a peak as some star pitchers do, but Blyleven was a very good pitcher for a very long time.
Goose Gossage: if Eckersley is in, Gossage is in.
Lee Smith: I must look biased towards pitchers at this point. I’m not. But Smith has it all. Longevity? Check. Dominance?
Check. Lee has set the bar for all other closers.
Alan Trammell: great fielder, good hitter for the position, high peak. He won’t be the best SS in the Hall, but he was a durned
good SS all the same.
John Wetteland: the embodiment of dominance. I don’t even care that he had a short-ish career. Dude was a nasty pitcher.
VERY GOOD/POSSIBLE BUT NOT GETTING MY VOTE
Andre Dawson: has the longevity, but never really had a discernable peak. Needed a few more really good seasons.
Tommy John: the ageless wonder. The HOF voters apparently don’t feel that longevity alone doesn’t justify the Hall. And
neither do I, I guess. Don’t get me wrong: John was good. But looking over his numbers, the only thing that jumps out at you
as being HOF-worthy is his career Wins total, and that’s exactly the sort of stat you’re going to inflate by continuing to pitch until
you’re 46 years old.
Doug Jones: missed his age 26-28 seasons, and I have no idea why. And he’s got some really good numbers, too. If he had
pitched during those seasons at the level you would expect, he’d probably be a sure bet for the Hall. And that’s even including
the crazy ups & downs he experienced in his later years.
GOOD ENOUGH, BUT NOT FOR LONG ENOUGH
Albert Belle: the only thing keeping him out of the Hall is his lack of longevity. Nothing else. Not his fault really, but that’s the
way she goes sometimes.
Doc Gooden: if only the Mets hadn’t burned him out.
Orel Hershiser: good pitcher. Not good enough.
Dale Murphy: fell off a cliff. And it’s a pity, too.
Jim Rice: needed a higher peak. Or a slightly better post-peak. Or a better batting eye.
Bruce Sutter: also fell off the cliff, although up until his age 29 season he looked like he was on the fast track to Immortality.
GOOD, BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH
Rick Aguilera: I have nothing against voting closers or DH’s for the HOF, just as I have nothing against voting them for Cy
Youngs or MVP’s. But because of the specializations inherent in those respective roles, you’d better be really, really good at
what you do to justify my vote.
Will Clark: excellent defender early in his career. Not good enough to justify the lack of pop (for a HOF caliber first baseman,
that is). After his glove left him, his value fell off a cliff.
Dave Concepcion: excellent defensive middle infielder. Too poor a hitter. Career .257 EqA, .322 OBP.
Ozzie Guillen: even his remarkable glove doesn’t make up for a lifetime EqA of .231 and a lifetime OPS+ of 69.
Don Mattingly: pepper his career with a couple more seasons like his age 23-25 seasons, and he’s in. Actually, I feel bad
putting Mattingly in this category. It looks like guilt by association, putting him a category with Guillen & Concepcion. I don’t
want to give that impression. He was a very, very good ballplayer who, early in his career, looked like he had a real shot at the
Hall. It didn’t pan out that way.
Willie McGee: that’s what a lifetime .333 OBP and .396 SLG will get you. I don’t care how fast you are.
Hal Morris: amazingly average for a long time. I mean that without sarcasm, either. He was never really great, but he was
consistently better than average. Again, he probably wouldn’t be in this discussion if it weren’t for the Wins totals.
Dave Parker: lost a lot of value in his later years … probably because his plate discipline was so poor. Give him a better
batting eye, and he’s in.
Gary DiSarcina: dude, where’s my bat?
Alex Fernandez: not good enough and his career was too short. For Koufax we make exceptions. For Fernandez, we don’t.
Gary Gaetti: good glove, no bat.
Steve Garvey: not a good enough hitter for a first baseman.
Gregg Jefferies: a solid ballplayer.
Hal Morris: ditto.
Walt Weiss: actually, I can’t even say that about him. We’ll be polite, though, and make note here that Weiss was what you
would call a defensive specialist.