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Ballot 26: Jason Varitek

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Jason Varitek

Played 15 years for one team

Three-time All-Star won a Gold Glove and two World Series rings, 24.3 WAR, 3.6 WAA

Pro argument: A Boston legend.

Con argument:  He was not good enough for long enough.

Deserves to be in Hall?: No

Will get elected this year?: No

Will ever get elected?: No

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A Bleeping American Hero

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There’s a story I heard once… don’t know if it’s true. I want it to be true.

The basics of the story seem true. You know that John Glenn and Ted Williams were lifelong friends. They flew together as Marines in Korea; Williams was often John Glenn’s wingman. It was years before Glenn joined the Mercury Seven, years before he became the first American to orbit the earth, years before he became a friend of the Kennedys, years before he was elected a four-time Senator. But John Glenn was still John Glenn. He was filled with what Tom Wolfe would call The Righteous Stuff. In Korea, they called him “Magnet Ass” for the way he would draw enemy fire. Ted Williams was in awe. And it took a lot to draw awe from Teddy Ballgame.

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Heyward and Fowler

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The similarities are pretty striking. Dexter Fowler and Jason Heyward are both 6-foot-5 outfielders. They went to high schools about 70 miles from each other; they met when Fowler was 18 and Heyward 15. They shared the same trainer then. “Dex,” the trainer said to Fowler one day according to ESPN. “Wait around a little bit. I got your twin coming in.” Heyward was that twin.

Fowler was taken in the 14th round. Heyward was taken with the 14th pick. Fowler played his first full Major League season in 2009; Heyward played his first full season in 2010. They have both played in one All-Star Game. They are both represented by Excel Sports Management.

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Ballot 27: Carlos Guillen

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Carlos Guillen

Played 14 years for two different teams

Three-time All-Star fhit .285 with a 1,331 hits. 27.7 WAR, 9.0 WAA

Pro argument: Played at more or less Hall of Fame level from 2004-2007 — four seasons.

Con argument:  He was not good enough for long enough.

Deserves to be in Hall?: No

Will get elected this year?: No

Will ever get elected?: No

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Ballot 28: Melvin Mora

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Melvin Mora

Played 13 years for four different teams

Two-time All-Star finished with 277 average with 1,503 hits. 27.3 WAR, 7.2 WAA

Pro argument: Had a Hall of Fame caliber season in 2004 and three other seasons that were almost as good.

Con argument:  He was not good enough for long enough.

Deserves to be in Hall?: No

Will get elected this year?: No

Will ever get elected?: No

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Ballot 29: Orlando Cabrera

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Orlando Cabrera

Played 15 years for nine different teams

Lifetime .272 average with 2055 hits and 459 doubles. 21.4 WAR, -5.2 WAA

Pro argument: Got 2,000 hits and won two Gold Gloves.

Con argument: He wasn’t a Hall of Fame caliber player.

Deserves to be in Hall?: No

Will get elected this year?: No

Will ever get elected?: No

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Ballot 30: Pat Burrell

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Pat Burrell

Played 12 years for three different teams

Lifetime .253 average with 292 home runs. 18.8 WAR, -1.2 WAA

Pro argument: Slugger who hit 30-plus homers four times.

Con argument: The rest of it.

Deserves to be in Hall?: No

Will get elected this year?: No

Will ever get elected?: No

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A Love Story

Please watch this.

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The School Teacher

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WASHINGTON — There is still a bit of eighth grade school teacher in John Schuerholz. You can see it in the way he talks, the way he moves, the way he makes eye contact with everyone in the crowd, glancing from one person to another, reading their faces as if asking himself, “Do they understand EXACTLY what I am saying?”

Clarity. This was the great gift of John Schuerholz, the commanding instinct that helped make him one of the most successful general managers in baseball history. He sought clarity. He demanded clarity. Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore tells a great story about his old boss. Moore had just been given his first big baseball job, and he was in his first big meeting.

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Ballot 31: Casey Blake


Casey Blake

Played 13 years for five different teams

Lifetime 264 average with 264 doubles and 167 home runs. 24.9 WAR, 7.7 WAA

Pro argument: All-around good player.

Con argument: All-around good player.

Deserves to be in Hall?: No

Will get elected this year?: No

Will ever get elected?: No

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