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2014 Hall of Fame ballot released by BBWAA

Nov 27, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

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The more than 600 voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America will receive a Hall of Fame ballot in the mail this week, a group of 19 players representing the new class of candidates. Writers will cast their votes with the results announced on Jan. 8. New to the ballot are some notable names, including former Expo Moises Alou, former National Paul Lo Duca and and bunch of ex-Orioles.

Here is the full list with the years a player has been on the ballot in parentheses. Those without years next to them are new candidates:

Moises Alou

Jeff Bagwell (3)

Armando Benitez

Craig Biggio (1)

Barry Bonds (1)

Sean Casey

Roger Clemens (1)

Ray Durham

Erig Gagne

Tom Glavine

Luis Gonzalez

Jacque Jones

Todd Jones

Jeff Kent

Paul Lo Duca

Greg Maddux

Edgar Martinez (4)

Don Mattingly (13)

Fred McGriff (4)

Jack Morris (14)

Mike Mussina

Hideo Nomo

Rafael Palmeiro (3)

Mike Piazza (1)

Tim Raines (6)

Kenny Rogers

Curt Schilling (1)

Richie Sexson

Lee Smith (11)

J.T. Snow

Sammy Sosa (1)

Frank Thomas

Mike Timlin

Alan Trammell (12)

Larry Walker (3)

Obviously there’s quite a bit of talent on that list. Some players have seen their chances affected by allegations of steroid use, so there’s that factor. Still, it’s a long list of baseball legends.

Of the new names on the ballot, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine certainly stand out. Baseball fans around here likely remember Mike Mussina and Armando Benitez from their Orioles days in the 1990s.

Craig Biggio and Jack Morris are two names to watch of the returnees. Biggio got 68.2 percent of the votes last year, a total of 388. He has impressive career numbers, probably just short of the first ballot distinction. This could be his year.

Morris also came close in 2013 with 67.7 percent of the necessary votes, or 385 in total. He was a very good pitcher for a long time, and a playoff hero, but has fallen short now for 14 years.

There are a few players returning to the ballot who were also former members of the Nationals franchise, which of course used to be the Montreal Expos. Larry Walker is back for his fourth year and Tim Raines his seventh.

To be elected, a player needs 75 percent of the ballots cast. Who gets in this year?

  1. sjm308 - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Couple of thoughts.

    Mark, can you try and explain why there are certain voters who refuse to put a player in the Hall on the first ballot? I don’t expect a player to have 100% of the vote each and every year but we certainly have a couple of guys on here that should walk in.

    My list would have Maddux, Frank Thomas, Biggio and Jack Morris.

    I would do everything I could do to get LoDuca off that list ASAP and probably a couple of others but I have no idea what the criteria is for inclusion.

    Guys for me that are close and I am not sure how many you can vote for are Glavine, Kent (not a fan but how can you not be impressed with him hitting more HR’s then any other 2nd baseman?), & Edgar Martinez (again, not a fan of the DH but he was the first great one)

    Go Nats!

    • Jw - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      You get LoDuca off the list by not voting for him. IIRC, players who don’t get 5% of the vote are off the list forever.

  2. trochlis318 - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    My list even though some players were before my time.

    Maddux

    Schilling

    Mussina

    Thomas

    Martinez

    Biggio

    Piazza

    Glavine

    Raines

    Bagwell

  3. Doc - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    I’ll bet that there will probably some doofus writer that won’t vote for Maddux–lets see!

    Alluding to some previous recent votes, I’m with Mark in thinking that Raines should be in the HOF.

    • Faraz Shaikh - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      even Walter Johnson received about 83% votes and I am sure Maddux will receive more than that, likely in 90+ range.

  4. Faraz Shaikh - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Maddux should be first ballot. Glavine does not strike me as first ballot.

  5. Eugene in Oregon - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    sjm308 (at 10:24 a.m.),

    I’m not Mark Zuckerman and I can’t pretend to explain why some HOF voters refuse to give a player a vote in his first year of eligibility, but as best I can tell there has never been a unanimous HOF selection. Not Hank Aaron, not Willie Mays, not Bob Feller, not Ted Williams, not Bob Gibson. I’m as baffled as you as to why any voter could leave players like those off a ballot. Racism in the case of the early African American candidates? Probably. But that doesn’t capture someone like Joe DiMaggio or George Brett or Tom Seaver. Even with some very good players I can imagine a voter honestly and legitimately having a doubt about some aspect of those players’ candidacies. But there are others — Greg Maddox this year, Mariano Rivera in a few years — where denying them a vote is akin to admitting you don’t really understand baseball.

    • sjm308 - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      +1

    • Faraz Shaikh - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      Reporters have shown bias in their voting, be it MVP, Cy, or HOF.

      Don’t mean to troll btw but I don’t think Rivera is a first ballot HOF.

      • sjm308 - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:24 PM

        I don’t make too many bets but if you would like to wager a beer on Rivera not making it on the first ballot, I will certainly take that bet.

      • Faraz Shaikh - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:01 PM

        that’s just my personal opinion. Rivera will likely be first ballot HOF, I just don’t agree with it.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        Care to explain why not?

      • Faraz Shaikh - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:14 PM

        He is a great reliever, probably the best ever but he is a reliever. best comparison you can make for Rivera is a pitcher who has done starting and relieving for extended time. here are some pitchers from that group:

        Smoltz – 154 sv, 15 BS, 481 GS, 3473 IP, and 78.4 WAR
        Eckersley – 390 SV, 62 BS, 361 GS, 3285.2 IP, and 63.3 WAR
        Lowe – 86 SV, 23 BS, 377 GS, 2671 IP, and 42.3 WAR
        Reed – 103 SV, 32 BS, 236 GS, 2477 IP, and 41.3 WAR

        against Rivera’s line of –
        652 SV, at least 46 BS, 10 GS, 1233 IP, and 40.2 WAR

        he is likely the greatest at what he does but I don’t hold what he does in the highest regard (yes even after experiencing game 5 of last season’s NLDS).

  6. natsfan05 - Nov 27, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    So much for Alex….

    “Major League Baseball is preparing to suspend Rodriguez for life for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, two sources told USA Today on Wednesday.”

    http://nesn.com/2013/07/report-alex-rodriguez-will-be-banned-for-life-by-mlb-before-weekend/

    I didn’t expect this…Wow! The Yankees get off cheap.

    Happy Turkey Day!

    • trochlis318 - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      you realize if you read the article it was published on the 31st of july, before the actual suspension of 211 games was handed out.

      • sjm308 - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:36 PM

        So I got all excited and then, like trochilis realized that this article was older than dirt and obviously the writer had mis-information as well. Oh well, ARod will have this all settled sooner then later.

    • scbilly - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      The NHL used to have an excellent policy on disciplinary suspensions (don’t know if it’s still in effect, I remember it from the Dale Hunter suspension about 20 years ago) which stated that when a player received a suspension, the team was fined the amount of salary he would have been due for the games lost so the team didn’t get a financial windfall from the bad action of the player. I’d like to see that kind of policy in place for teams that signed PED offenders, particularly those that already had an offense on the record when they signed their current contract.

  7. nats128 - Nov 28, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Happy Thanksgiving to Mark and Chase and all the NI community!

  8. Section 222 - Nov 28, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Among the things to be thankful for today are having a great baseball team in my hometown and a community of smart and entertaining friends, virtual and tangible, with whom to talk about it. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    • sjm308 - Nov 28, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      Agreed!! Happy Thanksgiving

  9. Eugene in Oregon - Nov 28, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    I’m not sure this qualifies as something to be thankful for, but I noticed the other day that the March 31, 2014, Nats-Mets spring training game now appears on my ‘Score Center’ app as an ‘upcoming game’ — that made me smile, at least.

    • Section 222 - Nov 28, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Definitely something to be thankful for Eugene, but that’s actually the Mets home opener. Yes, Opening Day is in March this year. I actually like the fact that we start on the road this year — that makes for three “Opening Days” to enjoy: (1) The Tigers exhibition game on March 29 (first game at Nats Park since September); (2) The Mets game on March 31 (Duffy’s anyone?); and (3) Our home opener on April 4 against the Braves.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Nov 28, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        Of course; I knew that didn’t sound right when I wrote it.

  10. letswin3 - Nov 28, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Happy Thanksgiving all. Isn’t it about time for Mark and Chase to post that Homepage “countdown” to pitchers and catchers report day for spring training?

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