Rox Pile’s Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Ballot Number 5
By Luke Mullins
It’s hard not to see Vlad in the Hall of Fame one day, whether he gets in this year or not. According to Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame ballot tracker, Guerrero has been on 94.5 percent of the ballots that have been publicly, as of late Saturday night, so he will almost certainly make it this season, and it is easy to see why.
Throughout his career, he collected 449 home runs, 1,496 RBI’s, and 2,590 hits for a .318 batting average. He was the AL MVP for the Angels in 2004 and he came one home run shy of a 40/40 season in 2002 when he posted 39 home runs and 40 stolen bases for the Expos. He reached 100 RBI’s 10 different times and recorded 30 or more home runs eight times.
I’m not sure how the first pitcher to record 600 saves didn’t make it into the Hall last year, or even in 2016, on his first ballot. He received an even 74% of the vote, with the Hall requiring 75% for election. Hoffman placed second in Cy Young voting in 1998 with the Padres, recording a league-leading 53 saves to go along with a 1.48 ERA and a 0.849 WHIP as well as second in Cy Young voting in 2006. Hoffman should make it into the Hall of Fame no problem this year.