Adam Rubin is submitting, more or less, a perfect Hall of Fame ballot: Bonds, Clemens, Bagwell, Biggio, Johnson, Pedro, Smoltz, Piazza, Schilling, Raines.
Obviously there is quibbling space, but that’s only because there are only ten slots and more then ten worthy. Rubin notes that, yes, if he had more than ten places he’d include Mussina, Trammell and Edgar Martinez. He likewise laments his inability to include Jeff Kent and Lee Smith, who Rubin has voted for in the past.
But the basics are solid: use all ten slots when there are clearly ten worthy players (anyone who submits fewer than ten names on their ballot given this field possesses an ahistorical view of what the Hall of Fame is and an unrealistic view of what it should be). Say bollocks to the PED hand-wringing. Don’t play the “this guy can’t get in before THIS guy gets in” game but, rather, just pick the ten best eligible players.
Rubin put this ballot together in less than 24 hours after it was released. It’s not that hard, actually, even if it is a frustrating process. No matter how many voters will spend the next month loudly proclaiming how agonizing a process it is and how it’s really, really awful and unfair and everything. Poor souls.
You get to vote for ten amazing players. There are more than ten amazing players on the ballot. Fill up your slots, offer your regrets for the people you have to leave off and get on with it.