Originally Posted by jamo
Their top 10 were Maddux, Thomas, Glavine, Piazza, Biggio, Edgar Martinez, Bagwell, Clemens, Bonds, and Curt Schilling.
If I could put together a ballot of more than 10 guys, I would include those 10 plus Raines, McGwire, Mussina, Sosa, and Jeff Kent (without looking at the stats too hard).
OK, if I had a vote (of only 10) here's what I would choose from this years ballot:
Maddux, Glavine, Thomas, Piazza, Morris, Raines, Clemens, Bonds, Biggio, Bagwell
And I'd also make Piazza and Clemens sit next to each other.
Originally Posted by geauxforbroke
That's why I think the 10 player rule is arbitrary and pointless. If there are 15 guys that deserve to be in the hall and they garner the votes, then why not induct all of them? Baseball (and really all sports) have really bad systems for voting for HOF, awards, etc.
One other thing that should be considered, although I doubt it's why some of the writers have those silly rules, is that it's really good (for the city, at least) for there to be a big ceremony every year. There certainly aren't Hall of Fame worthy players coming up for election every single year, so it's probably nice to have some guys from a couple of the previous years waiting in the wings to help fill up the Cooperstown hotels in July.
EDIT! @jamo I didn't quite realize what you were saying about Le Batard "giving" his vote to Deadspin. I thought you meant he just told them who he voted for, when in actuality, he let them (readers) make his picks for him. And he did it out of protest towards idiots like this Ken Gurnick guy (the one I linked to earlier who didn't even vote for Maddux because he played during the "steroid era"). I'm a fan of Le Batard now. He said:
Edited by Golfingdad - 1/9/14 at 11:12am
In a piece posted on Deadspin, Le Batard wrote, in part, "I hate all the moralizing we do in sports in general, but I especially hate the hypocrisy in this. I always like a little anarchy inside the cathedral we've made of sports."
Le Batard addressed the matter again Wednesday during his ESPN TV show, "Highly Questionable."
"I probably won't have [a vote] next year because I gave mine to Deadspin," he said, "because I don't like how they do business over there at the Hall of Fame, where they're sitting there and they're being sanctimonious and they're keeping all the steroid guys out."