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Can you pick the players you would vote into the Hall of Fame for 2013?
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Dec 3rd, 2012 at 03:49 GMT
This is genius--5 Globes for creativity. Can't wait to look at the stats after a few thousand plays.
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 03:51 GMT
Since I'm first, I'm outed on the steroids issue--I say, put them in.
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 03:53 GMT
Yep, there is no rule that says you can or can''t vote for them - just that you must consider their "character and integrity," it's fully up to you what that means and if you should keep the steroid guys out or not.
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 05:29 GMT
The only 3 that deserve it for sure in my opinion are Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell. The maybe's are Curt Schilling, Larry Walker and Fred McGriff. As Mark McGwire has shown, the voters look at steroid history. So if Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens don't get in, nobody with a connection to steroids will get in. Statistically, they are the best pitcher and hitter of the modern era.
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 07:08 GMT
Congrats to sporcle users for being, on the whole, more reasonable than professional sportswriters.
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 13:45 GMT
It's odd that Mark Mcgwire has more votes than Sosa. I'm also in the boat of "put the steroids guys in". If you want to get a jab in at them, make them second ballot hall-of-famers, but they have to go in at some point.
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 14:40 GMT
It also looks like many are not limiting their vote to ten players considering that as of right now everybody has at least 6.9% of the vote and would therefore qualify for next year's ballot.
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 14:45 GMT
^yeah, I couldn't think of a way to prevent this, unfortunately. It might not be a bad idea to subtract the percent of the lowest-scoring player from everyone else (i.e. assuming he would just get no votes) and considering that the valid percent (which would be roughly akin to just throwing out all the trolls who selected everybody) but this wouldn't be 100% accurate. Since the lowest 10 or so all have the same percent (6.8% as of right now), this makes me think that 7% of people can't follow instructions and just selected everyone.
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 15:08 GMT
Sporcle users incapable of following instructions? Surely you jest!
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 16:33 GMT
@drj: Not to start the inevitable arguing-over-each-other's-ballots thing, but to call Schilling and McGriff 'maybes' while not even mentioning Edgar Martinez and Tim Raines (both of whom were much more valuable over their careers) seems a little weird (for the record, I voted for all four of those guys).
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 17:07 GMT
Wow, this is just like the real thing--Jack Morris is well short of admission but guys like Royce Clayton get votes!
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 17:47 GMT
The steroid issue is certainly interesting. How do we know anyone was clean? Still, I think you've got to go with the information we've got. I would not vote a known user in.
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 17:50 GMT
On the tone of rct's not starting the arguing over each other's ballots, but where's the love for Trammell? Maybe a wrong argument, but if The Wizard is in, surely Alan is?
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 19:06 GMT
We're voting for Trammell based on his coaching career right bahahaha?
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 19:06 GMT
Trammell and Raines both had the misfortune of having careers overshadowed by Ripken and Henderson.
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 19:27 GMT
I see no reason to exclude the steroid guys. The vast majority of baseball players were on "greenies" (uppers, whatever you want to call them, but a performance enhancer) from the 50s through the 80s and even later, yet no one has any problem letting those guys in. To me, keeping a baseball player out of the hall for using drugs is no different than keeping a rock star out of the hall of fame for drugs. In both cases the drugs enhance the perforance, and in both cases the crowds come in droves. This is the hall of fame, not the hall of moral standards. Let them in.
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 19:28 GMT
@FelipeAlou: I'm in total agreement. If you place stock in WAR (by now, most of us do), Trammel is pretty much a top 10 SS of all time. Pretty much on par with HOF Barry Larkin. (It's actually kinda crazy to see how close he is to Jeter, who will undoubtedly be a first ballot choice) http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/jaws_SS.shtml
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 19:59 GMT
I voted for 7 (none of the big name steroid guys, at least not yet)...and was torn over Trammell before excluding him when time ran out. 1. I took this way too seriously. 2. When looking at the trends surrounding Trammell's hall of fame percentages...his 14th and 15th years on the ballot are going to be real interesting.
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 20:04 GMT
Agree with Trammell, I will be very sad if Omar Vizquel gets in and Trammell never does.
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 20:05 GMT
Free Tim Raines.
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 20:19 GMT
If Trammell gets in how do you keep Lou Whitaker out? Whitaker got very little HoF support. Sad.
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 20:44 GMT
@trivial - Lou Whitaker = Ryne Sandberg in ALOT of aspects to me. So I totally agree. Mad disrespect by the BBWAA to Whitaker being off after the first ballot, when Ryno gets in on his third try. @rct - loving looking at the Trams vs. Jeter comparison. Had never stacked them side by side before.
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 22:23 GMT
McGriff is not a maybe, he is a definite. If not for the strike, he would have gotten his 500 HR and he was not linked to the steroids. Raines, Trammell, and Lee Smith should already be in. As for the steroid issue, they were not banned by baseball at the time they were possibly using them-- so Clemens, Sosa, McGwire and Palmeiro get in.
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 23:38 GMT
You need 75% to get in. As of right now, only Biggio, Piazza, and Bagwell would be in, if Sporclers did the voting.
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 23:49 GMT
I hope the voters think like sporclers. Piazza deserves in and it would be awesome if Bags and Biggio went in together. Morris shouldn;t be in and i'm glad we as quiz takers recognized that
Dec 4th, 2012 at 03:41 GMT
It warms my heart to see Jack Morris below so many players who are more deserving. If only the BBWAA results ended up like that...
Dec 4th, 2012 at 06:18 GMT
can someone explain to me why don mattingly is never voted very high? His stats are very good for the amount of time he played
Dec 4th, 2012 at 15:53 GMT
Jack Morris was a STUD pitcher and should be in. No pitcher has been more valuable to his team in the DH era (great article recently with tons of stats to support this). He was a true number 1 starter, pitched deep into games (probably costing himself a couple of years of pitching stats). Best comparisons are to Blyleven, Hunter, Seaver, Gibson, Hershiser, Carlton and Clemens - power pitcher who always took the ball, pitched deep into game/pitchcount. A real throwback stud. And a postseason dream. He should be in!!! But so should the steroid guys - what a bunch of hypocrites voting in Gaylord Perry (who cheated with aplomb) and not Mark Mcgwire (who used PEDs when they were both legal and not legislated by the league, and admitted it). Leaving out Palmeiro or Sosa for being liars is one thing, but Mcgwire never lied!
Dec 4th, 2012 at 16:22 GMT
Easiest ballott ever. Leave out the steriod guys and you got 9 great players plus one very good. I dont feel bad about leaving anyone off either. 1. Raines 2. Biggio 3. Bagwell 4. Trammell 5. Schilling 6. Martinez 7. Murphy 8. McGriff 9. Walker 10. Morris (dont really he deserves it, but respect the overwhellming amount of people who do.) There is going to be such a back log of great players I think you have to vote 10. Schilling is kind of a dope, but he is the "real" Jack Morris.
Dec 4th, 2012 at 17:22 GMT
@cubsmets1: Mattingly was washed up way too early. Bottom line. He ceased being a Hall of Fame caliber player before he reached his 30th birthday.
Dec 4th, 2012 at 18:49 GMT
Knuckles, I agree with you to an extent, but if you're leaving off the steroid guys, I am not sure how you have Bagwell at number 3 on your list. Granted, he never tested positive, but there has always been a giant cloud of suspicion around him, due to his close friendship w/ Ken Caminiti (and playing for the Astros, one of the known hotbeds of steroid use), his dramatic physical breakdown and change in appearance (have you seen him since he retired?). I fully acknowledge that there is a lack of concrete evidence, but he is one of those players lumped in with group of suspected users in most HOF voters' minds.
Dec 4th, 2012 at 20:39 GMT
Voted for Bonds, Sosa, McGwire, Clemens and Palmeiro, along with Biggio, Schilling, Piazza, Bagwell and Edgar. My reasons? The hall included Gaylord Perry (a blatant cheater), Willie Mays (who claimed amphetamines helped him see the ball in slow motion) and, of course, Ty Cobb (so any time they bring up "morale and integrity", they should be hit with a bat with their hands tied to their backs). Oh, and steroids were perfectly legal when those guys used them, because Uncle Bud needed bigger attendance.
Dec 10th, 2012 at 04:19 GMT
I just tried this twice - both times it gave me credit for completely different people than I voted for. I thought that usually meant the quiz was being updated while you were playing, but that wouldn't make sense here! For posterity, my choices are Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, Raines, Schilling, Trammell, Piazza, Walker. Almost the consensus top ten, just Trammell instead of Edgar (whom I might well have voted for if allowed more than ten)...
Jan 8th, 2013 at 04:17 GMT
I apologize for not following the instructions...I voted for 12 people. If you want to make things right, take one vote away from Fred McGriff and Lee Smith. Yeah, I voted for Smith...3rd all time in saves and the all-time leader when he retired.
Jan 8th, 2013 at 05:36 GMT
After 1400 plays, nobody has the requisite 75% to get elected into the Hall. We'll see if the BBWAA results are the same in a few days.
Jan 8th, 2013 at 14:20 GMT
It seems likely that the way Bonds and Clemens will get into the Hall (and I really think they will, if not this year), is when somebody not as good as them who is already in the Hall admits to having used steroids.
Jan 8th, 2013 at 15:42 GMT
As much as I love advanced metrics and statistics of any kind, this is the Hall of Fame were discussing, not the Hall of Best Stats. There are plenty of guys who should and shouldn't be in based purely on numbers, but they were FAMOUS in the game and helped make it what it is. Saying that Player A should go in because he had a 0.1 better career WAR than Player B who is in shouldn't be a valid argument. Case in point, Edgar Martinez. Did he play the majority of his career in the field? No. Does that take away some of his statistical merit when compared to the guys who were good hitters and fielders? Probably. But he was undoubtedly the greatest DH in history, and he played his entire career with the Mariners and is credited in part with saving baseball in Seattle. One of the best (actually the best) in history at his position? Check. Made a positive contribution to his team and the game? Check. Get Edgar in.
Jan 8th, 2013 at 15:55 GMT
1600+ plays and it looks like we wouldn't induct anyone. Can the people not voting for Craig Biggio please tell us why not?
Jan 8th, 2013 at 16:35 GMT
Finally I get to put Dale Murphy in the Hall of Fame.
Jan 8th, 2013 at 16:57 GMT
Thinkyourcoolkid - I think most people who are inclined to sabermetrics would actually agree with you on Edgar Martinez. As for the broader argument about it not being about stats - well, how do we know that Edgar Martinez was Hall of Fame worthy other than by . . . stats?
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