The BBWAA released their ballot for the Hall of Fame class of 2018 on Monday. The results of the vote are due to be revealed on January 24th, with induction taking place next July. After Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan Rodriguez were elected in last year’s voting, the new ballot contains 14 holdovers along with 19 newcomers, which may continue the logjam caused by the current BBWAA rules which limit the number of votes on one ballot to 10 and the ongoing refusal by some writers to vote for players tainted by PEDs, leaving too many qualified candidates fighting for limited spots. Once again, the BBWAA and the Hall may find themselves with a mess on their hands. And that doesn’t even take in to account Joe Morgan’s letter.
Yesterday, we looked at the returning candidates. Today, it’s time to look at the newcomers and who may be thankful come January.
He put together some monster seasons, but lost nearly 4 1/2 seasons due to injury, leaving his numbers well short of enshrinement.
Probably would not get anywhere near enough support, but he spent many years in a Red Sox or Yankees uniform, so who knows.
The Cuban ex-pat may get a vote or two, but it should be one and done for him.
I can’t imagine a world where Orlando Hudson, who finished out his career with the White Sox in 2012, earns a Hall of Fame vote.
Not that he was going to garner any support anyway, but his recent social media posts, falling for the worst of the right wing conspiracies, certainly aren’t helping.
This has been a weak batch of newly eligible players. no?
Now here is an interesting conundrum. If we stick to his first 11 seasons, it seemed like he was destined for the Hall. His last 7 seasons, though, were so bad that it makes it hard to consider him. This would be a tough choice.
Ah, there we go. A sure-fire, first ballot selection for the long time Brave.
The former White Sox outfielder may get a little support, but not enough to keep him on the ballot for a second go-around.
Lidge was on the mound when the Phillies won the World Series in 2008, but that won’t erase the memories of the huge home runs he gave up in the 2005 post-season, to Albert Pujols and Scott Podsednik.
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