“Hard Cheddar” With Steve Cheeseman – My BBHOF Ballot
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Hello baseball fans. I apologize for being away so long, as my career outside of sports writing has kept me busy these last few weeks.
With that being said, let’s get going. Since the end of the 2013 season, there are many things that crossed my mind.
However, for whatever reason, one of the things that has me extremely interested if the hall of fame ballot.
Big Hurt Highlights
Tom Glavine has 305 wins, 2607 strikeouts with 9 all-star appearances to go along with 2 Cy Young’s, and a World Series (which he was an MVP).
Fellow long time Atlanta Brave Maddux has 355 wins, 3371 strikeouts, a Cy Young, as well as multiple gold glove wins.
The Big Hurt Frank Thomas, was a lifetime .301 hitter with 521 homeruns, and 1704 RBI’s go along with multiple top player awards.
All in all, great players, but what the players passed over in years passed. Here are my top 5 players who I think DESERVES to be in the hall of fame.
This long time designated hitter should have been a first ballot hall of famer in my mind. Over 18 years, he hit a lifetime .312, 309 homeruns, with over 2000 hits and 1000 RBI’s.
Not too shabby for the 7 time all-star.
Yes he spent the bulk of his career as a DH (he actually started at 3B), however his performance at the plate alone should be enough to get him in, regardless of the position played.
He was simply one of the best hitters the game has ever seen.
The fact that this shut down performer is not in the hall, is simply criminal. This seven time all-star won the relief picture of the year 3 times.
He pitched in 1022 games with 1251 strikeouts for multiple teams in both the National League and American League. His 478 saves was a record for 14 seasons before being topped by Padre great Trevor Hoffman.
This Yankee great was a fixture at 1B for Bronx Bombers for 14 years. The 9 time gold glover hit a lifetime .307 average with 222 home runs and 1099 RBI’s.
His number 23 was retired by New York with a plaque in the famed Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. Did I mention he was the 1985 AL MVP? The Dodgers gain is the Yankee’s loss. Sorry Joe.
In my mind, the greatest Canadian to ever put on the spikes. A career that has stretched over 16 seasons with the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies, and St. Louis Cardinals.
Walker hit a lifetime .313 with 1311 RBI’s. He had 5 all-star appearances, and is the 1997 NL MVP.
Walker also won 3 batting titles, a home run championship to go along with his 7 gold gloves, and 3 silver slugger awards. How he is not in the HoF, is a mystery.
Now for some controversy…..
“Shoeless Joe” was simply one of the greatest hitters of all time. From 1908 to 1920, he had a lifetime average of .356 including .408 as a rookie. Yes they were different times, but you can’t argue with those numbers.
He only played 12 seasons, however with 1772 hits, its hard to completely rule him out. Especially considering there was no clear proof that he took part in the 1919 Black Sox scandal.
I personally think it’s ridiculous. How could a man who had 12 hits (a World Series record) for a .375 average “throw” the series. It’s completely absurd. It’s crazy to think, he is still banned from the hall.
Now, there are a million websites you can go to with different stories to what actually happened.
Regardless of the stories written from all these “experts”, how do you argue the numbers? There you have it.
My opinion on who should be in the Hall of Fame. However, it is just that, an opinion. There are plenty of other players out there that deserve to be considered as well. Jack Morris, Tim Raines, Gil Hodges, and Ted Simmons.
For argument sake, how about Pete Rose? On the flip side of things, I also think that any PED user should be completely removed from the ballot.
That’s my rant for this week. As always, if there is something you agree with, or completely disagree with.
You can reach me at email@example.com, or on twitter (@cheeseman_s). I challenge you to voice your opinion. Cheers to all.
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