BBWAA announces Hall of Fame ballot

It’s officially Hall of Fame season, as the BBWAA has released the official ballot for the Class of 2013. The Yankees are certainly well represented in terms of nominees with Bombers ties, a list that’s headlined by Roger Clemens, Don Mattingly, David Wells, Mike Stanton and Bernie Williams. Alas, there’s a better than even chance that none of those five players will be giving remarks in Cooperstown next July.

Of course, the big Hall related story this year is going to be steroids, as we finally reach the point at which the voters’ collective blacklist of players “connected,” a term I use extremely loosely, to PEDOTTUBHA* has created a drastic bottleneck of worthy inductees on the ballot, a fact that’s exacerbated by a uniquely deep class of players elgibile for the first time. Just in that category, I would say that Clemens, Barry Bonds, Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, Curt Schilling, and Sammy Sosa have pretty clear Hall of Fame players, and they’ll be joined in that group by as many as 12 other candidates who either have a very good case for enshrinement or will likely garner a solid level of support from voters, whether deservedly so or not. It’s absurd, and it’s only going to get worse in the coming years, especially if Clemens and Bonds aren’t inducted.

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

2 thoughts on “BBWAA announces Hall of Fame ballot

  1. aaron

    I am as lenient to steroids users as anyone, but for some reason i dont like sammy sosa. could be the corked bat, but i just cant get myself to say he is hall of fame worthy. he has the numbers, he has the dominance, and if i liked him more as a player it would be a no brainer… but for some reason i have a irrational mental block with him.

  2. John

    Hey Brien. I was curious about what you thought about Schoenfield's article on ESPN about fixing the ballot. I think him and Mike Schmidt are on to something. http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/31075

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