The real Baseball Hall of Fame results will be released on Tuesday on MLB Network but starting today, we will look at some the mock Hall of Fame ballots for us here at Rox Pile.
For the last number of years, for me personally, I have had ten players on my mock Hall of Fame ballot. Really, I could have had plenty of more players had it not been for the Hall’s ten player limit, as I discussed in this article two years ago.
However, that is not the case for me this year. I was close to voting for ten but ultimately, I did not. I also submitted this vote a few weeks ago for our FanSided mock Hall vote and the results from that will be released on Monday.
I would only vote for nine players so let’s dive in.
The obvious picks (at least in my mind)
Is Derek Jeter one of the most overrated players in the history of baseball? Yes. Is he one of the most overrated players in the history of professional sports. Yes. Is he a Hall of Fame baseball player? The answer is still yes.
He is mainly overrated defensively but he did post eight seasons with an OPS+ of 124 or higher and eight seasons with a bWAR of 4.0 or higher and six more seasons between a 3.0 and 3.9 bWAR. That with his postseason track-record makes him a Hall of Famer.
You may not like his politics or his Twitter account but when he played, he was a Hall of Famer. He had nine seasons in which he had 168 or more innings and had an ERA+ of 134 or better. That coupled with his postseason track-record make it an obvious choice for me.
If you’re reading this, you’re likely a Colorado Rockies fan. I don’t need to go into all of the reasons why he is a Hall of Famer but I will put it briefly.
Career 141 OPS+, career .313/.400/.565 slash line, ten seasons with a bWAR of 4.4 or higher, and he was an excellent defender even by using the defensive information that was available at the time he played (unlike Jeter, who really only got Gold Gloves because he played in New York and made flashy plays to his right). Need I say more?