Cooperstown Announces: Barry Larkin is in!

Today is like our second Christmas.  The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York has made their annual selection for the Hall of Fame.  We are very pleased to announce that our number two selection, Barry Larkin has been inducted to the Hall of Fame.  The longtime Cincinnati Shortstop was the dominant player in his position for the National League and deserves this accolade.   Now......how about the rest of the votes......

Jack Morris 66.7 (Our Rank: #25)

This has to be considered a victoty for Morris supporters.  He made a major jump from the 53 percent he was at last year, and his cause continues to rise with support from his peers.  As the highest returning vote getter who is "untainted" the addition of the PED group of Clemens, Sosa & Bonds could actually benefit him.

Jeff Bagwell 56% (Our Rank: 1C)

You know what we think based on our rank.  Our guess is that Bagwell is lumped in on some ballots as a PED user, which was never attached to his name at any time.  Bagwell's votes did shoot up by fifteen percent, but the variable that could aid Jack Morris, could hurt Bagwell as he may painted with the Bonds/Sosa/Clemens brush.

Lee Smith 50.6 (Our Rank: 15)

Lee Smith retires as the MLB leader in Saves.  End of story,  How he is struggling to get into the Hall can only be attributed to (to us) his lack of success in the post season.  He did move up five percent, but he has roughly been the same area for awhile.

Tim Raines 48.7 (Our Rank: #7)

He should be a lot higher than he is, and we wonder if his drug of choice (cocaine) has hampered his ballot.  Raines did go up by ten percent, but we still question how he has not broken the 50 percent plane yet.

Edgar Martinez 36.5% (Our Rank: #30)

This won't budge much.  Martinez is the best DH if all time, and there are too many voters who will always view that as one dimensional.  Don't be surprised to see this tally stay the same until he is off the ballot.

Alan Trammell 36.8% (Our Rank #16)

Another major jump, and we ownder if it is a bit of a Barr Larkin effect, as many have compared the two shortstops recently.  In our eyes, Trammell should be way higher than he is.

Fred McGriff 23.9% (Our Rank: #27)

It is looking more and more that McGriff would have needed that 500 Home Run total to get in.  It isn't looking good for the Crime Dog. 

Larry Walker 22.9% (Our Rank: #21)

What's worse than being a PED user?  Apparently playing at Coors Field.  Larry Walker only moved up two percent, and it looks like the Canadian will remain in a "dogfight" with McGriff to get to 30 percent.

Mark McGwire 19.5% (Our Rank: #10)

A World Series as a Batting Coach equals......a loss of .3 percent.  The man who helped save baseball attendence in the 90's will not see this vote go up any higher.  He did beat Sammy Sosa in that famous duel, will he get more votes than him next year?

Don Mattingly 17.8% (Our Rank: #43)

Mattingly had so many good years and had to retire early.  If he was a stat accumulator in his late 30's, he might have got in.

Dale Murphy 14.5% (Our Rank: #39)

The forgotten Atlanta Brave remains such.   No reason to think this will change in future votes. 

Rafael Palmeiro 12.6 (Our Rank: #23)

Well, Mr. Finger Wagger did move up a bit, but much like his career, he will go back to the shadows of Bonds and Sosa when they are eligible.  Which baseball god did Raffy piss off?

Bernie Williams 9.6 (Unranked)

Did we totally get this wrong?  We don't see him in Cooperstown, but should he have been ranked, or was this just a case of a very good player getting extra love because he was a Yankee?  We really have to think about this one.

In other news, Juan Gonzalez leaves the ballot with a whimper (4 percent) and first time nominees, Vinny Castilla, Tim Salmon, Bill Mueller, Javy Lopez, Brad Radke, Eric Young, Jeremy Burnitz, Brian Jordan, Terry Mulholland, Ruben Sierra, Phil Nevin and Tony Womack all failed to make it past the five percent needed to continue.

So.....what do we think of this year's crop of one?

 

 

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0 #3 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
Thank God Morris is finally getting his due. Easily the best candidate not in. By far. Time to relook at the rankings. How many other players can you say were teh best pitcher of an entire decade? And we have him at 25? Silliness. Way better than Bagwell who we have inexplicably at 1C.
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0 #2 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
Good points, Spheniscus. I've made many of them in a number of places on this site over the past few months. ;-)

This year was, I think, the last chance to thin the ballot before the onslaught. With only Larkin elected this year, I agree that a number of players, some of them deserving, are going to fall off the ballot next year--Tramme ll, Walker (I think he and Helton and possibly Tulowitzki are going to find themselves penalized by the Coors Effect), McGriff, Murphy, Palmeiro, maybe even McGwire. This is if the current voting procedure does not change.
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0 #1 Spheniscus -0001-11-30 00:00
I am surprised by how much Larkin was elected, but not that he was elected. Dude is by every measure one of the top 10 Shortstops of all time. But to go to 86% from 62% shows that there are 24% of writers who wanted to make sure that SOMEONE got elected. Unless you have guys who are voting for only one person a year, it just doesn't make any other sense as to why he would have such a huge jump.

It is going to be interesting to see what happens with everyone new coming on the ballot next year. I think that Bernie Williams and perhaps Raffi Palmeiro and even Dale Murphy may fall off if they keep the 10 player maximum per ballot.

Personally I would have voted for eight guys this year...

Larkin
Morris (been converted to his cause over the past year)
Bagwell
Raines
Martinez
Trammell
McGriff
Murphy

With Larkin off the table, that means I'-) still have seven guys remaining for next year.

According to ESPN the following players will be first time eligibles:


Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Craig Biggio, Curt Schilling, Sammy Sosa, Mike Piazza, Kenny Lofton, David Wells, Julio Franco, Shawn Green, Steve Finley, Roberto Hernandez, Jeff Cirillo, Jose Valentin, Reggie Sanders, Jeff Conine, Jose Mesa, Royce Clayton, Bob Wickman, Ryan Klesko, Aaron Sele, Woody Williams, Rondell White, Mike Lieberthal, Tony Batista, Mike Stanton, Sandy Alomar Jr., Damian Miller, Todd Walker

Of this group at first blush there are five I would vote for:

Bonds
Clemens
Biggio
Schilling
Piazza

So, that gives me 12 guys. What do I do in that case? Who do I cut? Do I cut Clemens and Bonds since they are noted PED users and shouldn' t get in the first time? Do I cut Morris and Trammell since they would be the bottom two guys on my ballot from this year and the five new guys are better? Or should I keep Morris on since he is so close to the Hall and maybe he gets in so I could clear a spot for someone else in years ahead?

I mean 2014 brings four new legitimate candidates with Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, and Jeff Kent.

2015 brings Randy Johnson, John Smoltz, and Gary Sheffield.

2016 brings Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman, and Andy Pettitte.

If they keep 10, this is not going to get any easier for voters. And it is bad news for the guys at 25% and below.
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