I know it’s been a while.
Once again it is time to cast my IBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot, but first here’s how the voting would have gone for my theoretical Tiered Hall of Fame. Here’s the last “Golden Ballot” I did in 2014 (2105 was a lost year due to a pile of issues)
For reference here’s the eligible IBWAA players. Continue reading
Normally I post my ballot prior to the announcement of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, IBWAA, Hall of Fame Ballot results. However, this year, I waited until the results were official. It has something to do with the fact that my computer was not working but also something to do with the amount I am working and where. I am currently between sports jobs, hopefully in that phrase’s most literal meaning.
But the real important thing you wanted to see was my ballot.
I’m happy I was able to add in a few “further consideration” guys who didn’t make my ballot last year, such as Alan Trammell. You can read the 2015 ballot and the 2014 ballot for my feelings on most of these players.
As for first year guys I voted for, Griffey was a slam dunk and made me feel better for not having space to add Greg Maddux in 2014. The two closers seemed legit, with 600 save Hoffman and top lefty Billy Wagner. Edmonds is deserving of further review. I almost voted for Jason Kendall because he was such a different kind of offensive catcher, but ultimately he was not HOF material.
If I get more than my phone to post with I’ll elaborate or add Baseball Reference links. Until then, I’ll see you on the Twitter.
This year’s election is much different than last year’s vote in one specific way.
I can just about vote for everyone that I want to.
Thanks to the IBWAA’s swift couple hour consensus on enlarging the ballot to 15 from 10 ( a process the BBWAA is still in committee over), I can fill out my ballot without having to pull dastardly stunts like I did last year.
There are still a few guys that I would like to vote for but may have to swap out for one reason or another. But I feel less bad leaving them off than I did leaving guys off last year.
For reference, here is last year’s IBWAA voting and here is this year’s ballot.
Who didn’t make the ballot
Below are the guys who got eliminated without a long deliberation. I’ve broken them down into a couple of categories and will quickly define those categories if they’re not self explanatory.
The IBWAA Hall of Fame ballot is due by the end of the year, and I will post my ballot on New Years, but I thought I’d give you a preview of my thinking by releasing my golden ballot. Continue reading
While filling out my IBWAA awards ballot, I noticed something. The Mets had arguably the best class of rookies this year.
Certainly in terms of the National league, the Mets had a handful of reasonable quality players compared to the rest of the league.
First off is the guy who should be Rookie of the Year for the National League, Jacob deGrom.
deGrom has had a great season and the nation became aware of him after he tied a major league record with 8-straight strikeouts to start a game. It was immediately after that game that Howard Cole posted on @IBWAA that voters could not change their ballots. My guess? People voted for the wrong guy.
They should have voted for deGrom.