Belle, Blyleven on my Hall ballot

A few weeks ago, I was approached by Eric Mirlis, webmaster of TheMirl.com, to join a Hall of Fame roundtable. We were asked to vote for the Hall of Fame as though we had a vote (which just one of the participating writers have). Participating in this roundtable was one writer with a vote – Bob Rosen of the Elias Sports Bureau – and one former Major Leaguer – current Padres broadcaster Bob Scanlon.

To see if the 18 of us would have voted anyone in to the Hall this year and to read everyone’s decisions, check out The Writers: Baseball Hall of Fame 2006. Here’s my ballot. Follow the link at the end to read my explanation.

Benjamin Kabak’s Hall of Fame Ballot 2006

1. Albert Belle

2. Bert Blyleven

3. Andre Dawson

4. Jack Morris

5. Jim Rice

Usually, Hall of Fame balloting doesn’t elicit nearly the same controversy as, say, the annual MVP races often do. Fans usually agree that a few candidates up for election have the stature to gain a place among the giants residing in Cooperstown.

The Class of 2006, however, promises to give us a fresh topic for the quiet baseball days of January simply because there are no clear cut Hall of Famers on this list. There are no 300-game winners, no members of the 500 home run club. There are no shoe-ins; there are merely players noted for their longevity and loyalty. As a I write this before the voting is announced, it is possible that no one will appear on 75 percent of the ballots. Maybe the baseball writers won’t choose to enshrine anyone this year.

While only time now will tell, I’d like to present my ballot. Eligible voters (of which I am not one) are allowed to vote for as few as zero and as many as 10 candidates. None of the candidates leap out at me as sure-fire Hall of Famers, but in my opinion, a few of them deserve recognition for their careers.

Before, I get to my ballot, I would like to explain a little about my overall voting. According to the Rules for Election, “voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.? As this is somewhat vague, I also like to consider, as I debate this with my friends, whether during the candidate’s playing days, you would have wanted to have this player on your dream time. So here goes.

Click here to read My Ballot, Explained

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1 Response to “Belle, Blyleven on my Hall ballot”


  1. 1 susan mullen January 21, 2006 at 9:14 pm

    Again, Ben, I really appreciate all your work. But you list the Rules for Election,
    which include 6 items. Then, you say this is vague, and go on to extend a
    debate in another area. If one wants to debate, that’s fine. But the rules are
    quite clear, & can be found in a dictionary or reference manual. If someone
    wants to change the rules, fine. But that’s a different subject.


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