2009 MLB Hall of Fame Ballot

Dec 7, 2008

The 2009 Hall of Fame Ballots have been released.  I am admittedly more lenient than most in terms of who I think is worthy of enshrinement.  That said here is how I break down this year’s crop.

Slam Dunk
Rickey Henderson

Let them In Already
Bert Blyleven
Andre Dawson
Jack Morris
Dale Murphy
Dave Parker
Tim Raines
Jim Rice
Lee Smith

In a Couple Years
David Cone
Mark Grace
Don Mattingly
Alan Trammell

Never
Harold Baines
Jay Bell
Ron Gant
Tommy John
Mark McGwire
Jesse Orosco
Dan Plesac
Greg Vaughn
Mo Vaughn
Matt Williams

Past Chronicles
Dick Allen
Roberto Alomar
Richie Ashburn*
Earl Averill*
Harold Baines

Dan Bancroft*
Jake Beckley*

Albert Belle
Jim Bottomley*
Pete Browning

Jim Bunning *
Bert Byleven
Joe Carter
Orlando Cepeda*
Rocky Colavito
Earle Combs*
Dave Concepcion
David Cone
Roger Connor*
Larry Corcoran

Mike Cuellar
Bill Dahlen
George Davis*
Andre Dawson
Larry Doby*
Bobby Doerr*
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Dwight Evans
Rick Ferrell*
Wes Ferrell
Chuck Finley
Steve Finley
Nellie Fox*
John Franco

Gary Gaetti
Steve Garvey
Lefty Gomez*
Luis Gonzalez
Dwight Gooden
Joe Gordon
Mark Grace
Bobby Grich
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Ron Guidry
Chick Hafey*

Billy Herman*
Keith Hernandez
Orel Hershiser
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Gil Hodges
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Travis Jackson*
Tommy John
Bob Johnson
Addie Joss*
Jim Kaat
George Kell*
Joe Kelley*
George Kelly*
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Chuck Klein*
Jerry Koosman
Bill James & Pete Palmer
Barry Larkin
Tony Lazzeri*
Freddie Lindstrom*
Mickey Lolich
Ernie Lombardi*
Fred Lynn
Sherry Magee

Roger Maris
Rube Marquard*
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Dennis Martinez
Edgar Martinez
Bobby Matthews
Don Mattingly
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Carl Mays
Bill Mazeroski*
Fred McGriff

Mark McGwire
Bid McPhee
Johnny Mize*
Paul Molitor*
Jack Morris
Tony Mullane
Dale Murphy
Graig Nettles
Hal Newhouser*
Lefty O’Doul
Tony Oliva
Al Oliver

Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Dave Parker
Wes Parker
Lance Parrish
Vada Pinson
Boog Powell
Tim Raines
Willie Randolph
Pee Wee Reese*
Allie Reynolds
Jim Rice
Phil Rizzuto*
Brooks Robinson*
Pete Ro$e
Amos Rusie*
Jimmy Ryan
Ron Santo
Curt Schilling
Red Schoendienst* (Player/Manager)
Ted Simmons
Enos Slaughter*
Lee Smith
Rusty Staub
Vern Stephens
Dave Stieb
Mel Stottlemyre
Harry Stovey
Sam Thompson
Luís Tiant
Joe Torre
Alan Trammell

George Van Haltren
Arky Vaughan*
Mo Vaughn
Bobby Veach
Mickey Vernon
Frank Viola
Bucky Walters
Mickey Welch*
Lou Whitaker
Deacon White
Bernie Williams
Vic Willis*
Maury Wills 
Hack Wilson*
Ross Youngs*
Veterans Committee Ballot
 

* Signifies actual Hall of Famers

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Jenny R.
    December 7th, 2008 at 1:27 pm #

    Great website, I love reading through blogs and will be sure to look for updates on your site. Keep up the good work.

  2. Larry Novak
    December 7th, 2008 at 1:30 pm #

    I cannot really argue with any of your choices in each category.

  3. LestersLegends
    December 7th, 2008 at 1:44 pm #

    Makes me feel good to be on the same wave length as a great baseball mind as yourself Larry.

  4. LestersLegends
    December 7th, 2008 at 9:48 pm #

    Thanks Jenny.

  5. ben
    December 19th, 2008 at 3:42 am #

    only let in four this year…can’t do raines in same class as ricky, it would be unfair to rock…but he deserves to be in…but this is what i really want to say…

    Andre Nolan Dawson

    The list of players in the history of the game who have as many or more home runs and as many or more hits as Dawson (Bonds, Aaron, Ruth, Mays, F. Robinson, Palmeiro, Ott, Musial, Winfield, Yaz, Murray). That’s it.

    400HR/300SB – Bonds, Mays, Dawson. That’s it.

    8 Gold Gloves
    8 All Star Games
    4 Silver Sluggers
    MVP (2nd twice)(only player ever to win on a last place team)
    ROY

    How he was perceived by his peers…He was once intentionally walked 5 times in a single game, an MLB record. Beloved by all his teammates…(See Sandberg’s induction speech)

    What could have been…Had his knees not been ruined and his power numbers not depressed in Montreal, there is little doubt he would have been only the 5th player to join the 500/3000 club. (62 HR/224 Hits short)

  6. LestersLegends
    December 19th, 2008 at 12:10 pm #

    So who are your four besides Hawk and Rickey?

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