Wednesday, January 06, 2010
5 writers left their Hall of Fame ballots blank.
That’s what Bob Costas said on MLB Network, and why would Bob Costas lie to us?
So that means there were 5 sports writers who looked at the 2010 ballot and said “Nope, no Hall of Famers here.”
I want to know who those 5 were.
And then take a close look at the ballot NEXT year… If they voted for anyone next year who was on the ballot THIS year, they should have their voting privileges removed and given TO ME!!!
Seriously, Robbie Alomar? Bert Blyleven? Andre Dawson? Nobody?
Is this the classic “He’s not a First Ballot” lunacy taken to an extreme?
And oh yeah… Blyleven came up 5 votes short. If those 5 lunatics scribbled Bert’s name on it and called it a day, Bert would be there this summer.
Now of course with two players in the 70 percentile (and Barry Larkin and Jack Morris over 50%) there is a strong chance that Robbie, Bert and another hold over will be elected NEXT year.
Jeff Bagwell is the closest thing to a sure thing for next year’s ballot. Unless of course people are going to look away at Rafael Palmeiro’s shady past and vote HIM in. (Ask Mark McGwire how voters are opening their arms to him!)
But if Alomar, Blyleven and any other hold overs get in with votes from writers who didn’t vote for them THIS year… the question remains:
Did their stats improve?
And why isn’t your ballot blank again?