Colorado Rockies: My 2020 Mock Hall of Fame ballot

17 Jun 2001: Larry Walker #33 of the Colorado Rockies at bat during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Rockies defeated the Reds 4-2.Mandatory Credit: Mark Lyons /Allsport
17 Jun 2001: Larry Walker #33 of the Colorado Rockies at bat during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Rockies defeated the Reds 4-2.Mandatory Credit: Mark Lyons /Allsport /
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LOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 19: Second baseman Jeff Kent #21 of the San Francisco Giants walks on the infield during the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 19, 2002 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers won 6-3. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 19: Second baseman Jeff Kent #21 of the San Francisco Giants walks on the infield during the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 19, 2002 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers won 6-3. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /

The next tier of players I would have on my ballot

For this next section, I am going to go by how high their vote has been in the past.

Jeff Kent

In my 2018 article with my mock ballot, I said that he would have been on my ballot had there not been a 10 player max. Now that the bottleneck has been cleared some, he would be on for me.

Nine seasons of 93 RBI or more (with seven of them coming while playing his home games in Candlestick Park, Pacific Bell Park (later known by about a million different names), and Dodger Stadium), a .290/.356/.500 career slash line, a career 123 OPS+ with a total of eight seasons of 123 or higher, and eight seasons of a 3.5 bWAR or higher. He also played well in the postseason.

I can see how some would leave him off the ballot but I think he’s a Hall of Famer.

Scott Rolen

He’s another player that I left off in 2018 but I would have added last year and he’d still be on this year. He very much has the “Larry Walker” complex to me. He was very underrated and he wasn’t consistently healthy so it has deterred some of his possible voters. However, he has already received a huge jump this year in Ryan Thibodaux’s HOF Tracker, much like Walker received last year.

Career bWAR of 70.2, eight seasons with an OPS+ of 125 or higher, an excellent defender (116 bDRS from 2003 to 2012), and ten seasons with a bWAR of 3.9 or higher. That defines a Hall of Famer to me.

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