Now that Mookie Betts has rightfully conquered the AL MVP award, and left Mike Trout in the dust, and all is right in the world, it’s time for everyone’s favorite past-time.
Arguing which old-timers who retired five (plus) years ago is most deserving of having their face put on a plaque and hung up for all to see at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. With the help of Baseball Reference, we can even tell which old-timers will be up for debate this time around.
Notable returning players on the ballot include Edgar Martinez (who is on his last chance to be voted in), Mike Mussina, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Curt Schilling (among others). New players expected to be on the ballot include Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Todd Helton, Andy Pettitte, and Lance Berkman.
What does it take to get voted in? A player needs to be included on 75% of all ballots cast in the election. Each voter is allowed to vote for up to 10 different players on the ballot. They can also vote for nobody if they want to.
These players get ten years to get to that 75% mark, provided they don’t fall below 5% votes received. If that happens, they fall off the ballot entirely (like Johan Santana last year). There are other intricacies to the vote, and some debate over what a person should consider when voting, but these are the brass tacks.
With that said, your opinion is obviously more important than any of these so called “voters” who actually get to choose who gets in! So let’s hear your opinions in a FanPost!
Choose up to 10 players to put on your Hall of Fame Ballot. For bonus points, and awesomeness, give a reason as to why you are voting for that player! The player has to be on the ballot (check the B-Ref link above).
I have a few opinions of my own on this matter that I can’t wait to share, hope we see a lot of participation on this one.