1/7 Hall of Fame
On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame will release the voting results of the Baseball Writers Association of America and we’ll find out who gets into Cooperstown. The results will be announced at 1 p.m. CT on MLB Network, and simulcast on MLB.com. The ballot features 36 players, including 19 new candidates. A player needs 75 percent of all ballots cast to be enshrined. Induction ceremonies will be July 27.
This year, I voted for eight players. Let the discussion begin. My ballot, in alphabetical order:
Maddux, Glavine and Thomas are on the ballot for the first time, and were no brainers for me. The others are holdovers, and I know people won’t agree with Bonds and Clemens. Everyone in baseball ignored the PED issue for a long time. Even if you deduct a percentage of Bond’s statistics, he’s still one of the best hitters of all time. Clemens most likely did things he regrets, yet you didn’t want to miss his starts. It seems hypocritical to ignore the PED issue then, and punish those two players now.
It’s a privilege to be elected into the Hall of Fame — and to be able to vote for the players. We’ll find out who gets in on Wednesday.
– Carrie Muskat