ESPN’s Hall of Fame voting, grid-style

Now, what concerns me, in no particular order:

  1. Bryant, Pascarelli, Jackson, Knisley are  clearly “small Hall” guys. OK, I can handle this.
  2. Caple, Crasnick, Edes, Kurkjian, Roberts, and Stark are “big Hall” guys. OK, I can handle this, too.
  3. What exactly, is Barry Stanton thinking? I mean, is he even taking this seriously? Now we know how/from where these kooky singular votes happen.
  4. I’m stunned by the lack of support for Larry Walker. Thanks, Jayson, for the lone vote. Too much “ballpark effects”? Walker deserves more support.
  5. Not exactly sure what Buster’s logic path is these days? No to both Larkin and Blyleven, but yes to Morris, McGwire and Palmiero? I don’t get it.
  6. If you’re OK with McGwire (and his baggage), how could you NOT be OK with Palmiero? Is it because Raffy tested positive after testing went into effect while McGwire did it pre-testing? Seems rather flimsy. Looking at you, Caple, Edes and Parker.

That’s my quick shots at these voting totals.…

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And then there’s Fausto Carmona.

I have to admit, even hearing the name Fausto Carmona still sparks PTSD-style flashbacks of the midge game (think Johnny Depp in “Fear and Loathing”).…

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