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View Poll Results: Who would you vote for to be inducted into the HOF in 2019?
Lance Berkman
2.50%
Barry Bonds
65.00%
Roger Clemens
60.00%
Roy Halladay
52.50%
Todd Helton
7.50%
Andruw Jones
10.00%
Jeff Kent
15.00%
Edgar Martinez
60.00%
Fred McGriff
30.00%
Mike Mussina
42.50%
Roy Oswalt
0
0%
Andy Pettitte
7.50%
Juan Pierre
2.50%
Manny Ramirez
25.00%
Mariano Rivera
87.50%
Scott Rolen
5.00%
Curt Schilling
35.00%
Gary Sheffield
5.00%
Sammy Sosa
20.00%
Miguel Tejada
2.50%
Omar Vizquel
10.00%
Billy Wagner
10.00%
Larry Walker
15.00%
Michael Young
0
0%
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2.50%
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The 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

Old 01-22-19, 05:28 PM
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Re: The 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina elected Baseball Hall Fame

Closer Mariano Rivera, designated hitter Edgar Martinez and starting pitchers Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina will be the newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Rivera became the first played to be unanimously voted into the Hall.
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Old 01-22-19, 05:30 PM
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Schilling would have been elected years ago if he wasn't an outspoken, unapologetic Republican which had floated the idea of running for office. Most BBWAA members are liberals that worked for local newspapers. The flimsy excuse he threatened journalists over Twitter is a dishonest cover for holding Curt's politics over his candidacy.
That's real disappointing if Schilling is not getting in because of his politics? On merit, I would say Schilling is one of the best big-game pitchers I have ever seen as he came up big in 3 World Series (1993, 2001, 2004) and the only reason his win total was down was because he started his career as a reliever. Schilling's politics never crossed my mind (until you brought it up) regarding the Hall of Fame as I thought it would be his low win total that some writers would hold against him.

It will be interesting to see when Bonds/Clemens get in as it looks like they are still 15% away from the 75% needed. It still bothers me that these writers pick and choose who they 'feel' was guilty of steroids, when I have a feeling that Big Papi gets in next year despite the fact that it is well known that he was on the 'secret' list of 103 players that failed PED test in 2003. And it was always well known that Piazza was juicing, along with Bagwell too. And I will always say, why are guys like Griffey, Randy Johnson, Jeter and Rivera never even mentioned that they may have not done PED's during that era? I know the usual suspects of Bonds/Clemens/McGwire were the poster boys (McGwire finally admitted), but I am suspicious of ANYONE from that era, yet these writers just pick and choose like they have ESP.
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Re: The 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

Great to see Moose get in, even though it sucks he'll likely go in as a Yankee.
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Re: The 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

Moose got in by 7 votes.

Clemens and Bonds improved slightly, from 56-57% to 59%. Schilling went from 51% to 60%. He should make it next year or the year after, I'm guessing.

Glad that Mo was unanimous. He deserved it, and good that the monkey is gone. Yes, he didn't deserve to be the first one, but better to get rid of that stupidity then not make him unanimous simply because someone before him should have been too.
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Great to see Moose get in, even though it sucks he'll likely go in as a Yankee.
I hope not. Everything tilts in favor of the O's, except that it's the Yankees. Fucking yankees.
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Happy for Doc.
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Old 01-22-19, 05:57 PM
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Wow. Stunned that Mo was actually the first unanimous selection. Thought someone would have left him off for no reason whatsoever.
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Re: The 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

Curt Schilling 259 60.9%

Roger Clemens 253 59.5%

Barry Bonds 251 59.1%

Larry Walker 232 54.6%

These guys all took a bath compared to the public voting. Not so sure Walker gets in next year now.
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Old 01-22-19, 08:18 PM
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Wow. Stunned that Mo was actually the first unanimous selection. Thought someone would have left him off for no reason whatsoever.
Hopefully that (a few votes short of 100%) nonsense is over with, as that generation of voters seems to be in the past. The fact that it's a story that Rivera is the first HOF to get 100% shows how ridiculous the process had been before, for reasons I will never understand.
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Old 01-22-19, 09:53 PM
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Hard to believe there has never been a unanimous vote for a player before.
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Old 01-23-19, 06:37 AM
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Hard to believe there has never been a unanimous vote for a player before.
It's a stupid tradition from a few writers who collude every year so it doesn't happen.
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It's a stupid tradition from a few writers who collude every year so it doesn't happen.
I understand the stupid tradition, but you think a universally beloved player (like Mo) would have broken up the tradition in the past 25 years or so. Griffey came pretty damn close.
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Old 01-23-19, 08:23 AM
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Halladay is only the second player to be posthumously voted in on the first ballot. Christy Mathewson being the first.
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Halladay is only the second player to be posthumously voted in on the first ballot. Christy Mathewson being the first.
Not Roberto Clemente?
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Old 01-23-19, 08:35 AM
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Great to see Moose get in, even though it sucks he'll likely go in as a Yankee.
He will have the bird on his cap.
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Old 01-23-19, 08:38 AM
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Not Roberto Clemente?
I'm assuming the difference was that Clemente went in by a special election the year after he died.
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Jayson Stark pointed out something interesting. 2022 will be Bonds and Clemens last time on the ballot. It will also be ARod and Ortiz's first year on the ballot. The PED debate will get very interesting.
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Old 01-23-19, 10:17 AM
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I agree with most here about Rivera. He's deserving to be unanimous but he's not deserving to be the first unanimous. But someone had to be the first and we can't go back in time and make Ruth and Maddox unanimous so here we are and ultimately, it's good that we got over this silly hurdle.

Really happy for Moose. Watching him pitch over the years was a delight. He was consistently one of the best pitchers in the game for a long time. I was lucky to have a seat behind home plate one time and seeing him pitch. I couldn't comprehend the movement on his knuckle curve and watched batter after batter flail at that thing.

And as a Yankee fan there is no doubt in my mind that Moose should go into the Hall as an Oriole.
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Old 01-23-19, 12:01 PM
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Re: The 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

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I'm assuming the difference was that Clemente went in by a special election the year after he died.
Lou Gehrig was was also voted in by special election the year after he retired (before he died, but he didn't make it to the induction ceremony).

The results of these elections were never released publicly, so if either of them were unanimous, we wouldn't know.
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The BBWAA purged the voting roles back after 2015, so the conditions for Mariano getting a unanimous vote are easier today than before that date. They cut out many of the older, less active members from voting, or who had lost ties to the game. Under these current rules, I suspect several players like Ripken would have received 100%. I expect Jeter to get 100% next year as well.

If Bonds and Clemens get in by the writer's vote, it will be by razor-thin margins. They have three years left on the ballot, and people are more or less set in their opinions about their two candidacies. It's understood that if they don't get in by the writers, they are never getting in. The current Hall of Famers that comprise the Veterans Committee will never vote them in.

I hope Mussina goes in with an O's cap. He was a true ace for those excellent Baltimore teams.
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Halladay and Moose going in with blank hats. BOOOOOO.
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Those are both disappointing. Halladay's family requested a blank hat, so I can understand that. I think his sons are huge fans of the Phillies, if that matters. Mussina not being an Oriole is a real disappointment.
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I think both of those are lame. While I want to respect the family's wishes, it's a big FU to the Jays. He should have a Jays cap. Moose should have an O's cap.
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I think both of those are lame. While I want to respect the family's wishes, it's a big FU to the Jays. He should have a Jays cap.
Without him being around to voice his preference, I think this is the best solution. Hardly an FU to Jays fans.
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Old 01-28-19, 02:28 PM
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That is fucking lame.
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