09 January 2012

Our Hall of Fame Ballot

Update: Barry Larkin elected to Cooperstown by the Writers. Morris receives sixty-one more votes than Bagwell

As part of our obligations for membership in the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, we must submit a vote on each year's Hall of Fame Ballot.

Of course, even if we weren't obligated, we would anyway, because this is fun. Sturgeon General and yours truly each picked six players eligible for induction in 2012. Five of our selections overlapped, leaving a total of seven (out of a possible ten) votes. These were the votes we submitted to the BBA.

In the final BBA voting, only two players--Jeff Bagwell and Barry Larkin--surpassed the 75% threshold, making them the official BBA nominees of 2012. Below, we present our votes, alongside the BBA tallies, with explanations after the jump.

Player S. General J-Doug RP Blog BBA

Barry Larkin Yea Yea Yea 84.25%
Jeff Bagwell Yea Yea Yea 78.77%

Edgar Martinez Yea Yea Yea 60.27%
Tim Raines Yea Yea Yea 57.53%
Alan Trammel Yea Yea Yea 44.52%
Mark McGwire Nay Nay Nay 41.10%
Larry Walker Yea Nay Yea 35.62%
Lee Smith Nay Nay Nay 33.56%
Jack Morris Nay Nay Nay 32.19%
Don Mattingly Nay Nay Nay 29.45%
Rafael Palmeiro Nay Yea Yea 28.77%
Fred McGriff Nay Nay Nay 28.08%
Bernie Williams Nay Nay Nay 11.64%
Juan Gonzalez Nay Nay Nay 6.16%
Terry MulhollandNayNayNay0%

Also on the ballot: Dale Murphy, Javy Lopez, Brad Radke, Tim Salmon, Bill Mueller, Phil Nevin, Tony Womack, Jeromy Burnitz, Brian Jordan, Eric Young, Ruben Sierra and Vinny Castilla.

Barry Larkin
J-Doug: Yea; Sturgeon General: Yea; BBA: 84.25%

Pros: Twelve-time All Star. Posted an exceptional 51.7 wins above replacement (rWAR) during his best ten-year stretch (1990-99).

Cons: If you can think of any, feel free to share in the comments.

J-Doug says: His best ten-year stretch leaves no doubt that he deserves this.

Sturgeon General says: Larkin was almost uniformly recognized as the NL's best shortstop throughout the late 1980s and 1990s. As a counterpart of Cal Ripken, he actually compares favorably to the Iron Man when it comes to rate stats.