The 2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Class

Well gang, the votes are in Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar was elected to Cooperstown.  In the case of Blyleven, the wait seemed excruciatingly long as he slowly had a case built for him on sabremetrics and longevity and he grew his support from 17.5 percent in 1998 to 79.7 this year.  Many online campaigns have rallied around the pitcher’s cause and there are likely many smiling faces in Minnesota.

 

With Roberto Alomar, he received a sizable 90 percent, which has to make people wonder what he delay was the year previous.  Alomar is easily the best second basemen of his day, and despite bouncing around so many teams, was widely respected.

 

And now a look at those who didn’t make it…….

 

Barry Larkin 62.1%:  His support did grow by over ten percent (from 51.6 to 62.1) and is likely the top candidate for next year as the next group is a fairly weak class.  The top Shortstop in the National League for a decade is still likely to reach the Hall.

 

Jack Morris 53.5%: He gained a slight bit of support (52.3 to 53.1) but hardly anything to signify an entry next year.  The pros for Morris is that Blyleven finally gaining entry, he is vaulted into the top starting pitcher eligible for the Hall.  The con is that he is still a very polarizing figure with some ugly non HOF stats (3.90 career ERA).  Next year will be key for Jack Morris.

 

Lee Smith 45.3%: A great reliever who just can’t seem to get any momentum going for the Hall.  Smith got 45.3 percent of the vote, which is actually down two percent from the previous year.  It looks to us like the one time All Time Saves leader will be forever omitted.

 

Jeff Bagwell 41.7%: We wondered if Bagwell might be tainted with PED suspicion.  Looks like the guess is over, as this a much lower number than we anticipated.  Still, we think that he has a great shot of increasing his support by double digits next year.

 

Tim Raines 37.5%: The best leadoff hitter not yet in, saw a seven percent increase in support, though there are many who will put him on par with Rickey Henderson who was a first ballot inductee a few years ago.  Expect, another sizable increase for Raines next year as his online support seems to be growing.

 

Edgar Martinez 32.9%:  Does his three percent drop indicate a hiccup or an indictment over inducting a Designated Hitter altogether?  We strongly suspect the latter!

 

Alan Trammell 24.3%:  This is highest total in nine years on the ballot, but the odds of him tripling his support in the time he has left seems a little difficult to us.

 

Larry Walker 20.3%:  We were not sure where the Coors effect would put Mr. Walker, but this seems about right to start.  It will be interesting to see how the Canadian is effected long term due to the field he played in at home.

 

Mark McGwire 19.8%:  Ouch!!!  Under twenty percent for the first time since debuting on the ballot, his admission of guilt regarding PED usage seems to be way too late for voters.  A major retelling of the Steroid Era will have to be done for Big Mac to have any shot.

 

Fred McGriff 17.9%: Another slugger who lost support, though he was never linked to PEDs.  Basically, he was just a guy who made 493 Home Runs look well……not very special.

 

Dave Parker 15.3%:  On his final year on the ballot, Dave Parker likely is reflecting on what should have been a Hall of Fame career.  He was one of the best sluggers of his era, but as we have mentioned before…cocaine is a hell of a drug.

 

Don Mattingly 13.6%: Yankees fans won’t like this one.  Donnie Baseball clearly did not have a career of greatness long enough to appease the Baseball HOF voters.

 

Dale Murphy 12.6%: See Mattingly, Don.

 

Rafael Palmeiro 11%:  This was the one we were most curious about. We figured that despite higher career totals in many categories than McGwire that he would not beat McGwire’s vote percentage regardless of what it was.  We even wondered if he would still be here next year.  He will, and Palmeiro will likely campaign next year on this topic.  The 2013 vote will be a warped one indeed!

 

Juan Gonzales 5.2%: We honestly didn’t think he would make the cut, but his two MVP seasons has at least got him to a sophomore try.  We doubt it will get him a third.

 

Off the Ballot:

 

Harold Baines 4.8%:  Off the ballot after five years, this along with Edgar Maetinez’ vote drop, tells what we need to know about the Baseball writers’ position on Designated Hitters.

 

John Franco 4.6%: We incorrectly thought that Franco would at least get the five percent needed to stay on the ballot.  A very consistent reliever, we wonder if this may be reevaluated one day.

 

Kevin Brown 2.1%:  A very good pitcher, but will always be known for a bad contract than anything else.

 

Tino Martinez 1%: We wonder if all the votes came from New York?

 

Marquis Grissom and Al Leiter 0.7%:  Neither should be in, but how did Grissom tie Leiter?

 

B.J. Surhoff 0.2%:  Actually, we really like this player, and were hoping he would get a few more votes than the two he got.

 

Bret Boone & Benito Santiago 0.1%: Is it worse to get one vote or zero.  One is the loneliest number after all.

 

Carlos Baerga, Lenny Harris, Bobby Higginson, Charles Johnson, Raul Mondesi & Kirk Reuter 0.0%:  “Zero Point Zero”…..Dean Wormer

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0 #13 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
Yes I am very happy with this year's most worthy inductees. It seems someone out there is paying attention. I totally agree that Sabol was long deserving (as btw is his son someday but you know he is just happy that his dad got in finally) so haley not getting elected doesn't hurt as bad as other years. Dent should have got in years ago. Easily the best player on the Bears great defense. And Sharpe as well. 3 rings AND he retired as the leading stat guy as his positon by quite some ways. A first ballot guy who had to wait two years. And Deion and Faulk are just two of the top 20 players ever. But obviously most importantly the big man with the wide backside did not make it. I am so happy. Now i do not have to go to Canton in August wearing my Chuck Smith jersey!
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0 #12 Spheniscus -0001-11-30 00:00
Well Jimmy, you got your hope. Roaf didn't get in this time (although he did survive the first cut).

Seems like the Hall did a really good job this time with the five guys they picked. They picked the right two first timers in Sanders and Faulk, they picked Sharpe, who should have been in first ballot, on his third try, and they got the rediculously overlooked Richard Dent (how Fred Dean got in before him still baffles me).

As for Ed Sabol, I am very glad he finally gets his day. 94 years old, never nominated before, incredibly overdue. Good job by the Hall this time around.
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0 #11 Ziggy Koole -0001-11-30 00:00
As for Kramer being at the top of the rankings next year, I'-) consider putting first year nominee (in 2012), 12-time pro bowl Chiefs guard Will Shields ahead of Kramer. But maybe that's just me.
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0 #10 Ziggy Koole -0001-11-30 00:00
I would like to see Hanburger and Richter get in. I mean, they both went to 9 pro bowls, to me that seems like a hall of fame career. Besides, Richter just died, so the "sympat hy factor" will help him get in. Not that I don't think he's deserving on his own, I just think that will help. Hanburger (as well as Richter) was before my time, so I've only seen films of him, but from what I can tell, he seems like a hall of fame player.
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0 #9 Committee Chairman -0001-11-30 00:00
Well Said Jimmy. I have a feeling that Mr. Krame will vault to the top of next year's list.
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0 #8 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
I just have to throw this in. In a week where the Pack is back to the super bowl I feel that it is osmewhat ironic that the two veteran choices for the hall are Les Richter and Chris Hanburger. Though I loved watching the guy with the funny name and rooted for him as a kid I never thought he was hall worthy. And no disrespect to mr. Richter but his career does not reek of hall of fame worthiness. The ironic thing is that the great Jerry Kramer is once again absent from the veteran' s nominees. I do not think anyone who watches football would argue that the great gaurd from Idaho deserves to be in the hall. I just think it would have been great if this was the year he finally got the recognition he deserves. I have come to believe that there is no more deserving athlete (or rocker or wrestler) that deserves to be enshrined than Mr. Kramer. And this would have been the perfect year.
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0 #7 Spheniscus -0001-11-30 00:00
Bettis will definitely get in at some point. He just was a more "media friendly&quo t; personality than Curtis Martin, but Martin was the better player (on a worse team).

Someone is definitely getting squeezed out by Sabol though. I mean the man is 94 years old. If not now, when?
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0 #6 Ziggy Koole -0001-11-30 00:00
When you say Bettis won't get in, do you mean he won't get in this year or he'll never get in?
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0 #5 Committee Chairman -0001-11-30 00:00
Sphenicus... . we stand corrected. :-)
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0 #4 Spheniscus -0001-11-30 00:00
Chairman, they actually vote for 5+2 not 7. Five of these 15 plus the 2 seniors nominees (Chris Hanburger and Les Richter). I do think that all 7 have a really good shot of getting in, but I guarantee that if only 6 get in, it will be one of the senior candidates who gets nicked rather than one of the 15 guys above.
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