Last week I wrote Part 1 to my MLB Hall of Fame ballot if I had an official vote. The entry included my voting criteria, as well as what I personally value more in a Hall of Famer than others. It all culminated in listing the four players on the ballot that undoubtedly deserve induction into the Hall of Fame this year (Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Craig Biggio, Frank Thomas).
But I still have six more names that I can include on my ballot! Which bring me to today: figuring out those final few players whom I believe should be inducted this year. I narrowed the ballot down to eight players to choose from for those last six spots, and today it’s time to choose.
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America turned in their final ballots for the Hall of Fame Class of 2014 on Tuesday. Results will be announced January 8 with those receiving 75.0% or more of the votes heading to Cooperstown for enshrinement in July.
Although I don’t have an official vote (yet…), that can’t stop me from putting together my own ballot of Hall of Famers. Since these players put together some of the best baseball careers ever, I don’t want to limit myself too much in the numbers I present. So, this will be Part 1 of my HoF ballot, with just the shoo-ins listed today. But before I reveal my ballot, I feel I should go through my thought process on who belongs in the Hall of Fame.