A few years back I wrote about the future MLB hall of fame vote and suspected that the ballot will become very crowded very soon. With nobody getting in for 2013, this just creates a larger conflict. To my mind the following players eligible in 2014 have a legit argument in HoF voting:
Can you pick just ten? I can see 8 as easy choices: Glavine, Maddux, Thomas, Biggio, Bagwell, Piazza, Clemens and Bonds. That leaves 2 left to choose from out of 15 players. I think you can cut Kent, Mussina, Morris, Smith, Walker and Mattingly. But that still leaves 9 players which require cutting down to 2. To be honest with you, I don't know how to do it. I would wish to vote for at least Raines...then Schilling...then Murphy and Martinez. Trammell and McGriff deserve it too.
I am stumped and I don't even have a ballot to cast. I can only wonder how hard it will be for the actual voters, especially with some being so pointlessly stupid (blank ballots submitted as protest, never voting for someone on first ballot, etc.) Many do not even list a full ten players. Obstructed View even suggested Maddux himself may have issue getting in on the first ballot. I find that hard to believe but this is the BBWAA we are talking about. You never know. Cy Young and Joe DiMaggio were not 1st ballot Hall members.
So, can you pick just ten? I'd be curious which people would choose and in fact, do you think there are ten Hall hopefuls on the list at all? Please comment and let me know. Me? I'm still trying to get some tickets to next years ceremony. It could be a Braves-fest with Mad Dog, Glavine, Cox and even Schuerholz potentially. Go Braves! That is all.