Hey baseball fans!
It's time for the main event! If I had a ballot for the 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame vote, who would I put on it? Let's find out!
At the top of everybody's list should be Jeter. Check out my last post by clicking here to see why I think he's a Hall of Famer and why he'll be unanimous.
Schilling has messed himself up in a lot of ways off the field, but on it, he was one of the best pitchers at the turn of the century. He helped both the Diamondbacks and the Red Sox win World Series championships, pitching masterful performances in each Series. Overall, for his career, Curt posted a 3.46 ERA with 216 wins and 3,116 strikeouts. The one thing that goes against him is ERA, but given Mike Mussina's induction, that high an ERA is HoF-worthy.
You can talk about the Coors Effect all you want, but Todd Helton is "Mr. Rockie," meaning that he's probably the best player in the team's history and was a fan favorite during his tenure in Colorado, which goes a long way in my book. Helton finished his career with a .316 batting average and and a .953 OPS. No matter what era or ballpark a hitter plays in, those stats are out of this world. He averaged 148 hits a season over his 17-year career and made six All Star Games.
Another Rockie (this time, not for his entire career) who had a great batting average and an even better OPS. Walker was a three-time batting champ and hit over 35 homers in a season four times. The five-time All Star is appearing on his last BBWAA ballot, but even so, he deserved induction a long time ago.
No, I don't care who he hates. Kent is a Hall of Famer because of his career accomplishments as a second baseman. A notably powerless position, Kent averaged 22 homers and 89 RBIs a season in a 17-year career that saw him become one of the biggest names for the position. His .290 batting average ain't half-bad, neither.
He is sixth on the all-time saves list. That's it! That's all Wagner needs to be a Hall of Famer. However, closers have a little stigma on the Hall of Fame ballot, but just ask the Sandman if that stigma will stay forever. And don't forget his 2.31 career ERA, which is lower than Trevor Hoffman's!
From 1999-2014, which only excludes his half-seasons with the Dodgers, the White Sox legend averaged 27 homers and 86 RBIs a season. The six-time All Star is an absolute legend on the South Side, and was one of the bigger reasons for their curse-breaking season of 2005.
Weirdly-spelled name aside, Jones was one of the best hitters on a Braves team famous for its pitching. He smacked 434 career home runs and made five All Star Games. Oh yeah, he's also a ten-time Gold Glover, receiving the awards in consecutive seasons.
I'm not a huge Vizquel fan, but no one can ignore his eleven Gold Gloves at shortstop. I would put him on my ballot because, frankly, I have the spot to do so. He seems more like a Veterans Committee inductee, but many people love him.
To anyone who isn't on my ballot, you know why. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."