Rox Pile’s Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Part Six
By JD Jensen
Should not make it, at least for this season
It is much harder for designated hitters to make the Hall of Fame, and for good reason. They essentially were useless for half of every game. How can you reward a player who only can contribute on one side of the baseball? Sure, sluggers like David Ortiz and Jim Thome should be sure things.
Martinez doesn’t have near the resume to stack up with them, however. 309 home runs and just over 2000 hits is impressive, but only 7 All-Star appearances in 18 years, and the lack of production on defense will probably keep him out of the Hall this season.
Schilling obviously had a number of excellent seasons, but it takes far more than that to be considered for the Hall of Fame. 2001, 2002, and 2004 were his only true elite seasons. After that, he had a handful of effective seasons followed by numerous mediocre ones. With just too many seasons where he was relatively pedestrian, he should not see the Hall of Fame, at least not for this year.
Perhaps the most certain to be left out of the voting this year, McGriff has a very small resume for the Hall of Fame. You can count on one hand how many All-Star appearances he made (five), as well as a career batting average that’s just over .280. Not a horrible average, but not close to Hall of Fame level. His only real argument is the 493 home runs, which just isn’t close to enough to make it in with the all time greats.