Ken Griffey Jr. and Trevor Hoffman are among 15 newcomers on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot and will face a newly trimmed electorate along with steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.
This year’s Baseball Hall of Fame ballot was released Monday, and Ken Griffey Jr. is by far the biggest new name on it.
David Eckstein, Troy Glaus, Mike Hampton, Mike Lowell and Billy Wagner also are among the players eligible for the first time on the 32-man ballot announced Monday. A vote of at least 75 percent from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America is needed for election. Results will be announced Jan. 6.
The Hall’s board of directors announced a change in July, cutting voters from about 600 to 450 by eliminating writers who had not been active in the game for more than 10 years. Previously, the electorate included people who had been active BBWAA members for 10 consecutive years at any point.
The ballot: Garret Anderson, Brad Ausmus, Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Luis Castillo, Roger Clemens, David Eckstein, Jim Edmonds, Nomar Garciaparra, Troy Glaus, Ken Griffey Jr., Mark Grudzielanek, Mike Hampton, Trevor Hoffman, Jason Kendall, Jeff Kent, Mike Lowell, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Mike Mussina, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Gary Sheffield, Lee Smith, Sammy Sosa, Mike Sweeney, Alan Trammell, Billy Wagner, Larry Walker, Randy Winn.
It’s a weird time in life for your boy. I’m well north of two years removed from college, I’ve hit that two year lull in my job where I find myself wondering more than ever “what the fuck am I doing here,” and it seems like every chick I swipe right on Tinder is younger than me. To make matters worse, every time I watch sports (every night) it seems like there’s a guy a year or two my junior scoring touchdowns or hitting a game winning shot and I still refuse to believe that some of those animals playing college football are like seven years younger than I am. Yea, things are strange, but then I see today’s Hall Of Fame Ballot and I just ended up feeling that much worse about myself. I see names like Griffey and Hoffman and remember Junior ripping dingers in GABP like it was yesterday, then I remember that being eligible for the Hall Of Fame means that these dudes have been retired for half a decade now. What a time to be alive.
Normally I don’t get too fired up about the MLB’s Hall Of Fame class, but I’m legitimately interested to see how things unfold this season. No one has ever been voted in unanimously, and I realize that there’s writers out there who don’t think anyone should be voted in unanimously cause they’re old, hard headed greaseballs and you also have those guys who think they’re too cool to take their votes seriously and elect guys like Darin Erstad, but if Ken Griffey Junior doesn’t change that narrative then I’m not sure anyone ever will. How can you not? Grif is arguably the greatest natural talent ever and an extremely likeable guy to boot. Not to mention there was never even a whisper of PED’s. I don’t really care about all that stuff and if a guy wants to pump his bloodstream full of poison to gain a competitive edge then that’s his personal prerogative, but Junior is like the one guy that I’m legitimately glad didn’t juice. Can you imagine what it would be like if he did though? An 80 or even 90 home run season might not have been out of the question for a Ken Griffey Junior with biceps full of androl and a pair healthy legs. That would have been a sight to see.