Well, the commenting has died down on last week’s ballot discussion posts, so without further ado, we present the Pitchers Hit Eighth ballot for the Baseball Bloggers Alliance‘s 2010 Hall of Fame voting (with links leading to our discussion threads for each player.
Roberto Alomar – Robbie was a quick yes vote. His dominance was clear when reviewing the numbers.
Bert Blyleven – We circled Bert.
Andre Dawson – The Hawk makes the cut on our ballot. Josh’s early reminder that Dawson was both quick and slick with the glove made me a quick believer.
Barry Larkin – Larkin was another player who seemed fairly obvious after only a short review of his credentials. One of the greatest shortstops of recent history.
Edgar Martinez – Love the DH or hate it, Edgar Martinez was one of the best in league history. HOF-worthy. (Sorry Josh, the commenters agreed with me!)
Mark McGwire – The new Cardinal hitting coach deserves to be in Cooperstown. If not elected, there will be plenty of other names that also must be removed from consideration in future years.
Tim Raines – Rock was an outstanding leadoff hitter, one of the best of his time.
Lee Smith – As a one-time leader in all-time saves, how is it possible that Smith stays out of the Hall?
Alan Trammell – I must admit I was surprised by his qualifications. Trammell ranks right with his contemporary shortstops, and thus deserves enshrinement.
So there you have it. Nine players of an available ten slots. I wouldn’t normally consider myself a “Big Hall” guy, but I reckon putting together a joint ballot makes it possible for the number of names to balloon quickly. I certainly don’t expect all of these players to make it through on the official vote, but I’m certain their cases will continue as long as their names will remain on the ballot.
Thanks to everyone for following these posts, Josh and I had a great time debating them – and you! – to put together our ballot.