The 2017 Hall of Fame ballot has no shortage of deserving inductees. Among those still on the ballot are Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Trevor Hoffman, Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Lee Smith, Fred McGriff, Jeff Kent, Larry Walker, Gary Sheffield, Billy Wagner, and Sammy Sosa. New to the ballot are Ivan Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Vladimir Guerrero, Mike Cameron, J.D. Drew, Jorge Posada, Magglio Ordonez, Derrek Lee, Tim Wakefield, Edgar Renteria, Melvin Mora, Carlos Guillen, Casey Blake, Jason Varitek, Orlando Cabrera, Pat Burrell, Freddy Sanchez, Arthur Rhodes, and Matt Stairs.
Even if one is a “small Hall” kind of person, one would have a very difficult time filling out the ballot without the maximum 10 players. One sportswriter, however, found it rather simple. Steven Marcus of Newsday voted for only two players: Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman.
No Jeff Bagwell, no Tim Raines, no Edgar Martinez, no Ivan Rodriguez, not even a Manny Ramirez. By JAWS, Jay Jaffe’s Hall of Fame metric, Guerrero and Hoffman rank 12th and 26th of the 34 eligible players, respectively. Marcus having only two players on his ballot is criminal enough, but to have his best player rank 12th by this metric is also abominable.
Marcus didn’t offer much in the way of justification in his column and he hasn’t tweeted about it, either.
One wonders if the Baseball Writers Association of America give those voting privileges to someone who will appreciate it more.