Rox Pile’s Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Part Six
By JD Jensen
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Millwood had 1 good season. Yes, in 1999, Millwood was a top tier pitcher and could easily have won Cy Young. That does not make up for the 14 mediocre years that made up the rest of his career.
You could say Kerry Wood is a classic “what if”. After winning Rookie of the Year in a landslide in 1998, Wood was set out to be a Hall of Fame hitter. However, an injury kept him out for 1999, and we never really saw much else from him from there on out. While I would love to see what Wood could have done in the pros without that injury, this is a ballot where the real life results are the ones that matter, which is why Wood won’t make it.
Matsui only played 10 years, and this was mainly due to the lack of production he was giving. Unfortunately, he started his career really late, at age 29. He just wasn’t efficient for long enough to make him a Hall of Fame contestant.
As much as I want someone with such an exotic last name to make the Hall of Fame, Isringhausen has one of the worst resumes on the ballot, and should have nowhere near the amount of votes needed to make it.
What my ballot would look like
If you are keeping track, I had eight guaranteed Hall of Famers, in my opinion. In addition to those eight, if I had a real ballot, I would add two of the players on the bubble. This is what my ballot would look like: Chipper Jones, Barry Bonds, Vladimir Guerrero, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens, Larry Walker, Johan Santana, and Omar Vizquel.
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In addition, to those eight, I would add Jim Thome and Chris Carpenter to my list to make it a full ballot of ten players.