My 2019 IBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot

First of all I’m correcting my titling. You’ll find last year’s ballot here which stated 2017, but is for the 2018 class. The submission deadline is in 2018, but the new class (this year marks ten IBWAA Hall of Fame Classes) was named in 2019.

For the first time, I did not use the full extent of my ballot. I take this as a good sign. As you can see from last year, the year before, the year before that, and especially my 2014 “No Maddux” ballot, I’m a big hall kind of guy. Continue reading

David Wright – the End of an Era

Watching the spectacle last Saturday, I too was moved to tears a couple of times watching the captain play his last game.

What may have made it even better was the fact I was with my parents, one of whom is a Mets fan who doesn’t really follow the team, but at least knows Wright, and the other who doesn’t follow baseball.

Explaining how important Wright was to the Mets and what it probably means to him to get one last chance to play the game he loves really helped the topic hit home for me.

That and Noah Syndergaard’s complete game shutout in the final game give me something positive to take into the offseason. The fact that the healthier Mets of the second half were a much better team is also a bright spot.



Los Angeles – In its ninth annual Hall of Fame election announced Wednesday, the IBWAA added six players to its digital Hall of Fame.

Chipper Jones was the top vote-getter, with 168 out of 170 ballots cast (98.82%). Jim Thome was the runner-up, with 154 votes (90.59%), followed by Mike Mussina (146 votes, 85.88%), Roger Clemens (133, 78.24%), Barry Bonds (130, 76.47%) and Trevor Hoffman (128, 75.29%). A 75% threshold is required for election. Continue reading