Rox Pile’s Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Part Six
By JD Jensen
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You cannot deny what Johnny Damon did for baseball, but numbers don’t lie. How can you allow a player into the Hall of Fame who, in 18 years, only went to 2 all star games. No Gold Gloves, no Silver Sluggers. His only real argument is the more than 2700 hits he had, which is just not enough to sway me into voting for him.
Much like Damon, Carlos Zambrano just did not get enough recognition to be considered for the Hall of Fame. In 12 seasons, he went to only 3 All-Star games. Granted, he won a couple Silver Slugger awards but if you could convince me that a pitching silver slugger has any sort of value, and maybe he can be on the bubble. Until then, he shouldn’t be considered.
This one is very simple: Hernandez has very little argument for the Hall of Fame. He had a serviceable 17 year career, and had a handful of good seasons. But we are looking for players with a much higher resume than that.
Like Vizquel, it is really hard to not give Hudson a chance since he put such an effort into being a defensive master. However, he only played 11 seasons and only won 4 Gold Gloves, which just isn’t enough to even qualify him for the bubble.