Fanpost Friday Fromalabama

First off, let me acknowledge that the way entry into the Hall of Fame is conducted is fairly stupid, in my opinion. Not the balloting itself per se, but the strictures and limitations placed upon it, which are too arbitrary and capricious. If a player had a career worthy of induction, it should determinable by the time they are eligible, not at some point between then and ten years later, as if their stats will ferment into a tastier state by next year. Likewise, the idea that only ten players per year could possibly be worthy is absurd, especially considering how the number of players becoming eligible is hardly static. Those are not the only dumb things about the system, but I think they're the most egregious assaults upon the logic of leaving it up to a vote.

That being said, my votes are primarily stats-based. I'm not especially concerned about accusations (or proof) of steroid use or most other so-called character issues. Put it on the plaque if you wish, but steroid abuse was a form of cheating that if not condoned by the league was deliberately ignored for a long time. It was a feature of the game for a while, like segregation. It's a sign of progress that neither is tolerated anymore, but as this is a baseball hall of fame, I weigh baseball-related accomplishments more heavily than other factors, especially when those factors are widely prevalent in the game during a player's career. Besides, I'm rather cynical and believe that pretty much every human is a bastard-coated bastard with bastard filling and therefore you don't have to look very hard to find something objectionable about someone's character, so if I took an asshole factor into account I'd probably not vote anyone in after doing enough research.

So, in no particular order, my ballot includes:

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, Todd Helton, Sammy Sosa, Manny Ramirez, Billy Wagner, Gary Sheffield, Bobby Abreu, and Scott Rolen.

If I had more votes I'd also include Jeff Kent and Tim Hudson and give a closer look at several other players as well (Mark Buehrle, Andy Pettitte, Torii Hunter, etc.), although I will say that I am pretty iffy about most of the names that were added this year.