Bob Nightengale, Joe Posnanski, and Jayson Stark all revealed their Hall of Fame ballots this morning. If you don’t feel like reading through all the analysis to see who they voted for, here’s the list below:
Nightengale: Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, Piazza, Bagwell, McGriff, Biggio, Morris, Trammell, Smith
Posnanski: Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, Trammell, Walker
Stark: Biggio, Morris, Bonds, Clemens, Piazza, Sosa, Schilling, Murphy, Raines, Bagwell
For what it’s worth, Posnanski actually noted that he had voted for McGwire each year he has been on the ballot besides this one, simply because the number of people on it this year were so overstuffed.
Don’t let these three ballots fool you though – it is highly unlikely that Bonds, Clemens, or Sosa gets elected on Wednesday. I have read too many critical articles regarding them over the past few weeks to believe there’s a chance of that. I happen to agree with the above ballots. At the end of the day, Cooperstown is a museum, it’s not a church. It’s supposed to tell the history of the game. Baseball has been filled with cheaters, spitballs, amphetamines among other things since the beginning. There are tons of people in the Hall of Fame who are racists, beat and cheated on their wives, and who did many illegal things along the way. The only reason why people are bringing that ridiculous “character clause” into play now is because in an era of social media and the Internet, steroids happens to be the most publicized of it all.
I don’t think anyone will be elected tomorrow, which is sad, but it’s the reality. Hopefully next year some writers can get past their egos and realize that Cooperstown isn’t a shrine, it’s a story.