Is it that time again!
One of our core lists on Notinhalloffame.com, our Baseball list of those to consider for the Baseball Hall of Fame has been revised.
The steps in our revisions are basic:
-Remove all of those who were inducted. This included David Ortiz (#8), Gil Hodges (#11), Minnie Miniso (#14), Jim Kaat (#20) and Tony Oliva (#27).
-Input those we think worthy who are now eligible.
-Adjust rankings based on your votes and comments.
Before we announce our top ten, note that we did one major change. We used to have three number ones, with Pete Rose and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson appearing as 1A and 1B since our inception, as both were deemed ineligible. We have altered this with no multiples at the top, and although Rose and Jackson are still not welcome into Cooperstown, we disagree, and will keep them ranked.
The entire list can be found here, but here is our new top ten:
#1. Barry Bonds. Bonds’ ten years of eligibility may have ended a few months ago, but the all-time leader in Home Runs leader won seven MVPs, despite there being a cloud of PED suspicion around him. His chances now lie with the Veteran’s Committee. Bonds was ranked at 1C last year.
#2. Roger Clemens. Clemens is like Bonds, in that he too ended his regular stay on the ballot, and was likely excluded due to the belief that he might have used PEDs. Clemens won the Cy Young seven times, and remains at #2.
#3. Alex Rodriguez. Unlike Bonds and Clemens, Rodriguez DID test positive for PEDs, which happened after the 2004 agreement between the players and MLB that outlawed the enhancers. A-Rod was on his first year of eligibility, drawing only 34.3% of the vote, despite being a three-time MVP. He holds the same rank as last year.
#4. Pete Rose. Rose is the all-time leader in Hits, but he has been from baseball for gambling on the sport. Ranked at #1A last year, Rose drops considerable on this list, but despite the issues of the players of above him, Rose actually has a significantly lower bWAR than Bonds, Clemens and Rodriguez.
#5. “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. Ranked #1B last year, Jackson is ineligible for the Hall due to his possible participation in the throwing of the 1919 World Series. That being said, there are many, including us, who feel that he belongs.
#6. Lou Whitaker. The former Tigers Second Baseman might not have lasted more than one year on the Hall of Fame ballot, but he was once on the Veteran’s Ballot, and is considered one of the more egregious snubs by sabremetricians. He was ranked #4 last year.
#7. Bill Dahlen. Dahlen was a previous Veteran’s Committee Nominee, and that is still the route in which he needs to gain entry to Cooperstown. The Shortstop was a two-time leader in Defensive bWAR and won a World Series Ring with the Giants in 1905. He was ranked #5 last year.
8. Curt Schilling. Schilling asked to be removed off of the ballot, and that didn’t happen, and many of the voters acquiesced to his later request to be removed from consideration. On his last year on the ballot, Schilling dropped from 71.1 to 58.6, and despite his resume, it is conceivable that he will never see a Veteran’s Committee ballot.
9. Manny Ramirez. Ramirez entered the ballot in 2017, and offensively he statistically had a better resume than Ivan Rodriguez and Vladimir Guerrero, both of which are now in Cooperstown. He is in the same vein as A-Rod, as he was popped for PEDs as a player. Ramirez will enter his seventh year on the ballot, but has yet to crack 30%.
10. Carlos Beltran. Beltran is the only new entry in his first year of eligibility, and the nine-time All-Star has the stats for the Hall, but his recent scandal involving the Astros World Series win, could cost him some votes.
Thank you all for your support, and we encourage you to cast your votes and offer your opinions.