Rox Pile’s Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Ballot Number 5
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Editor’s Note: We here at Rox Pile have all decided to make our own Hall of Fame ballots since the results of the real Hall of Fame ballots will be released in less than two weeks on January 24. We started on Wednesday with editor/co-expert Noah Yingling’s hypothetical Hall of Fame ballot. We featured the hypothetical ballot of Brady Vernon in our second installment in our Hall of Fame ballot series on Thursday. On Friday, we featured Ryan Ladika’s hypothetical ballot and on Saturday, we featured Olivia Greene’s ballot.
Today, we feature the ballot of another one of our contributors, Luke Mullins.
There is plenty of controversy surrounding many of the players on the list, such as Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa and others caught up in PED scandals.
This can create a problem for voters who may want to recognize some players who were among the all-time greats but also don’t want to reward these players for cheating.
Barry Bonds likely would have gotten into the Hall of Fame even if he had never used steroids. I guess its kind of ironic, then, that the substance he used to improve his game, hurt his chances of being enshrined in the hall.
Call me a purist, but with a ballot so full of talent as the 2018 ballot is, I can’t justify voting for anyone who was caught using steroids.
With that being said, here is my 2018 Hall of Fame ballot.