Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is a dream that every child who has ever picked up a bat and glove. Being inducted into the hall means you are one of the all-time greatest players in the history of your sport, and is an honor only bestowed on the greatest of the great.
The baseball Hall of Fame epitomizes this, and every year there is tons of debate over what players have earned this right. The hall only allows for BBWAA to vote for 10 players with each ballot, even though there are many deserving players. By my count, I actually see 16 different players that I would actually vote for, but with the hall only allowing 10, six players I feel are Hall of Famers have to be left off the ballot.
Voting yes or no for each player would solve this issue but the hall declined this proposal from the BBWAA. Although I do not actually have a vote, I still feel as though these players deserve some justice, and if I did actually have a vote, this is who I would vote for and why.
- Chipper Jones
- Jim Thome
- Vladimir Guerrero
- Barry Bonds
- Roger Clemens
- Trevor Hoffman
- Mike Mussina
- Cury Schilling
- Edgar Martinez
- Larry Walker
(If I could have more than 10, I would choose: Andrew Jones, Fred McGriff, Jeff Kent, Scott Rolen, Johan Santana, and Omar Vizquel)
Chipper Jones: Clear-cut no-doubter. Chipper finished his career with a .303 BA, 468 HR and 1623 RBI’s and was the face of the Atlanta Braves throughout his 19-year career. He was actually threatening Ken Griffey Jr’s percent record of 99.32%. Without a doubt a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Jim Thome: Similar to Chipper, Thome is without a doubt a first-ballot Hall of Fame player. His 612 HR’s is good for 8th on the all-time home run list, and should be rewarded for it. His all around ability as a hitter helped him to stay around the game for 22 years and will be rewarded for his greatness.
Vladimir Guerrero: Vlad should’ve been in inducted last season but missed just the 75% requirement with 71.7% last year. Although it was his first ballot, Vlad was still a phenomenal player and will seemingly get in this year. The 2004 NL MVP was a feared hitter throughout his years in the MLB and had an absolute cannon for an arm. Put him in.
Barry Bonds / Roger Clemens: I am one of the people who have come around recently on the whole Barry Bonds/Roger Clemens Hall of Fame debate. Yes, it is widely believed that they used steroids and have become the poster children for the rest of the steroid users for the hall. But if we’re being honest, Bonds and Clemens were absolutely the best players of their generation. Bonds with 7 MVP’s and Clemens with 7 Cy Youngs is just too much to deny. The Hall of Fame is a museum first and foremost, and honestly who are we to hide two of the greatest players in MLB history from being a part of this. (Same logic applies to Pete Rose, but that’s for another day.)
Trevor Hoffman: Hoffman was the all-time saves leader at one point! (although it was for just a brief period of time thanks to Mariano Rivera.) We need to honor him for his longevity and reliability at the end of games. When Hoffman came into the game, it pretty much meant the game was over. If not for Mo, Hoffman would surely have gotten more credit for his body of work.
Mike Mussina / Curt Schilling: These two kind of go hand-in-hand similar to Bonds and Clemens. Their careers were both very similar and their career WAR are virtually identical according to fangraphs, (Mussina at 82.2 and Schilling at 79.8) and had very similar career ERA’s. Schilling gets the character clause invoked on him but the his controversial comments that came in his post-baseball career but that has nothing to do with what he did on the bump. Schilling was actually a Roberto Clemente Award winner for his community involvement during his playing career. Lets not fault him for going a little off the rails during his post-baseball career.
Edgar Martinez: Edgar retired as the greatest DH in MLB history, and should be rewarded for his hard work. He added stability and consistency to the Mariners lineup throughout his career, and was still outstanding even during his final years. If we are going to honor the DH position at some point, why not start with Edgar.
Larry Walker: Walker is a tough case to make. He gets faulted for playing in Colorado, but honestly, the eye test told us all we needed to know. This guy was an outstanding baseball player that was ultimately plagued by injuries. Although he may not have the longevity to rack up career numbers, he is still a Hall of Fame player in my humble opinion.