Initially, I thought it wasn’t going to be tough to come up with 10 worthy Hall of Fame players to vote for with the names on this year’s ballot. I don’t have a “small hall” type of mindset so coming up with 10 players didn’t seem to be a difficult task. Once I started to crack down on the numbers, though, it figured to be tougher than I had anticipated.
A lot of my reasoning for choosing the players I would vote for is based off the idea of how closely their level of performance was compared to that of an average Hall of Famer at their position and the main basis for that is WAR (though other factors are considered as well).
Right off the bat there were five players who jump off the paper as clear Hall of Famers:
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With Bonds and Clemens, I’m simply not of the belief that them taking steroids in the era they did really took away from their overall value. It’s just not as big of a deal to me given that nearly everyone else in the late 90s was on them. And even if you do decide to take away from what they did, they were still head and shoulders above the rest of the competition. They get my vote without much hesitation.
Curt Schilling was a dominant pitcher who won multiple World Series rings, including the historic run in 2004 with the Red Sox. His antics after he retired are nothing less than despicable, but they should be viewed separately from his baseball career that clearly was Hall of Fame-worthy.
You already know my case for Walker. And while Jeter’s advanced numbers show that maybe he wasn’t the Baseball God that New York makes him out to be, he’s still an above average Hall of Fame shortstop. He deserves to be in (no matter how fun it is to poke and pry at Yankee fans on social media).