This year’s ballot was the first to include recent players such as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza and Sammy Sosa, and it seemed like practically every member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America felt the need to pontificate on steroids and why/why not a certain player would/would not receive a vote.
As a lead-up to next week’s announcement of the 2013 results, Graham Womack of Baseball: Past and Present conducted his third annual voting on the 50 best players not in the Hall of Fame — as he says, “not 50 players who need to be enshrined tomorrow, necessarily, just the 50 best not enshrined.”
This year’s list of 50 includes several former Cardinals — Mark McGwire, of course, as well as Ken Boyer, Will Clark (his brief Cardinals career is even mentioned), Keith Hernandez, Jim Kaat, Ted Simmons, Joe Torre as a player and Larry Walker.
The full list is interesting, with a top five of Tim Raines, first-timer Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Shoeless Joe Jackson and Alan Trammell.
Overall, the post is tremendous and thought-provoking — much detail on each of the 50 who made the list, from a wide variety of writers, and I had the honor of writing about Ken Boyer. Thumbs-up to Graham for the huge effort in conducting the voting and compiling the final results into a terrific look at who should be in the Hall of Fame.
What do you think — what Cardinals should be in the Hall of Fame who aren’t?
Christine Coleman is the senior St. Louis Cardinals reporter for Aaron Miles’ Fastball. Follow her on Twitter, @CColeman802, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also follow @AMilesFastball for the latest updates.