2013 Vote for the Hall – the Writers Got It (Mostly) Right
For the eighth time since the Hall of Fame elections started and for the first time since 1996, no player has been elected to the Hall of Fame.
Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. Better to elect no one than to elect the wrong person (think Jim Rice).
According to the CAWS Career Gauge, there were exactly ten players on the 2013 ballot who actually did have Hall of Fame numbers during their careers. Here they are in alphabetical order:
Of course, Bonds, Clemens, McGwire and Palmeiro all face the “steroids stain.” But I thought Bagwell, Biggio and Piazza each had a chance at election this time.
There will probably be all sorts of outcry about the BBWAA not electing anyone but I do think that these are some of the things the writers did get right:
- No one on the ballot for the first time got elected. I was rooting for Craig Biggio and Mike Piazza – but are they really deserving of first-ballot election? Biggio, maybe – but Piazza, not really.
- Bonds and Clemens got less than 40% of the vote. This means that they join McGwire and Palmeiro as players who have HOF numbers but will NEVER be elected by the BBWAA.
- Biggio, Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines all got more than 50% of the vote. This means that each of these players will be elected in the next few years – which they should be since they have HOF numbers.
- Jack Morris did not make it again. Morris has one year of eligibility left and I do not think he will make it. The CAWS Gauge suggests that he does NOT have HOF numbers. Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine come onto the ballot in 2014 – and both DO HAVE HOF numbers. Maddux could be a first-ballot choice.
- Sammy Sosa got less than 15% of the vote. Forget the steroids question – according to the CAWS Gauge, Sosa does NOT have HOF numbers. He is the only player with 500 home runs who does NOT have HOF numbers.
- Curt Schilling got less than 40% of the vote. Like Jack Morris, Schilling does NOT have HOF numbers. Will he ever get the votes? Who knows? But with Maddux and Glavine coming along next year, his chances are not good.
Thanks for your time.
|Professor Emeritus – City U of NY|
|Author of DEFINING GREATNESS: A Hall of Fame Handbook|