Every year the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) has the opportunity to put retired or deceased players into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York. The rules for election require that a player needs to be named on seventy-five percent of all submitted ballots. He can remain on the ballot if he does not gain election for up to fifteen years, provided that the player has received at least five percent of the ballots. I have written about changing this process but this is the system we have.
I have done ballots for the past three years (2011, 2012, 2013); no, I don't possess a BBWAA ballot, but this is how I would vote if I did.
There are thirty-six men on the ballot this year, and we have never seen this kind of jam-packed potential Hall of Fame class. At least, if the idiot gatekeepers who make up a large amount of the BBWAA writer-voters actually did their jobs without passion or prejudice. There is a plethora of returning members of the ballot - one only needs five percent to remain on the ballot (as stated in the preface), although that did not seem to be enough to keep good players like Bernie Williams and Kenny Lofton on it, to the eternal shame of the BBWAA voters. Thus, there are nineteen new names on the ballot, and they range from laughable to worthy of consideration to what-are-you-thinking-NOT-voting-for-that-guy?
As always, I divide my ballot here at Lattanzi Land into four categories:
3) Borderline No
If you are looking for stats - GO HERE - this is the Baseball-Reference complete Hall of Fame Ballot, complete with the breakdown of numbers for each player on it. There are also links to each player's page. When I mention stats, I use the numbers from Baseball-Reference. The ballot begins after the jump.