Rox Pile’s unofficial baseball Hall of Fame ballots (Part 3)
By Ryan Ladika
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The longtime Indians infielder and DH Jim Thome is next on my list. He spent most of his 22-year career in Cleveland, but spent time in Philadelphia, the South Side of Chicago, Baltimore, Los Angeles (Dodgers), Minnesota and Baltimore as well. Thome hit .276/.402/.554 with an OPS of .956. He hit 612 home runs, good for 8th on the All-Time list, and drove in 1699 runs. He was worth 72.9 WAR and had a 147 OPS+. Thome also made five All-Star teams and won a Silver Slugger award in 1996.
Finally, I’m ending with Cubs star right fielder Sammy Sosa. Sosa spent most of his 18-year career in the North Side of Chicago, calling the iconic Wrigley Field home, but also spent time in the South Side, Texas and Baltimore. Sosa hit .273/.344/.534 with an OPS of .878. He hit 609 long balls, good for 9th on the All-Time list, and drove in 1667 runs. He won a NL MVP in 1998 with the Cubs and was a 7-time All-Star. He won 6 Silver Sluggers, one Hank Aaron award in 1999 and one Sporting News Major League Player of the Year Award as well.
The main area of pushback on him is because of steroid allegations against him.
The 2017-2018 Hall of Fame ballot contains many players that are controversial for different reasons, and not everyone can receive a vote, either.
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What we can be sure of, though, is the fact that the players that end up receiving 75+ percent of the vote will be more than deserving of enshrinement in baseball’s most renowned museum.