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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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The Vote Is In

Well, as expected, John Schuerholz and Bud Selig were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday by the Today’s Game committee. Schuerholz was voted in unanimously; he got all 16 votes. Selig got 15 of the 16.

I figured there were enough votes for one more person to come close, but as it turns out there there were not. Lou Piniella got seven of the 16 votes — you needed 12 to get in. None of the other candidates got even five votes. I’m a bit surprised it was Piniella and not Steinbrenner who garnered moderate support, but it doesn’t really matter. This was the John and Bud Show from the start.

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Today’s Game Ballot

Let’s begin with a complaint: I really don’t like Hall of Fame ballots that feature different kinds of candidates. Take the Today’s Game Ballot. This is the newest incarnation of the Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee — these days it is a 16-person panel, and they will vote on a ballot with 10 people on it. Any of the nominees that get 12 votes (or 75%) will get elected to the Hall of Fame. It seems straightforward enough.

Only, it isn’t. As I’ve written before, the math doesn’t really add up.

But there’s something else going on here, something that I think the Hall of Fame might want to think about.

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Ballot 32: Freddy Sanchez

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Freddy Sanchez

Played 10 years for three different teams

Three-time All-Star with .297 lifetime average and 1,012 hits. 15.8 WAR, 4.8 WAA

Pro argument: Won a batting title!

Con argument: No, that’s not much of an argument.

Deserves to be in Hall?: No

Will get elected this year?: No

Will ever get elected?: No

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Ballot 33: Matt Stairs

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Matt Stairs

Played 19 years for a record 13 different teams (counting Washington and Montreal seperately), hit 265 homers and drove in 899 runs, 14.3 WAR, minus-6.2 WAA.

Pro argument: Mashed a lot of home runs

Con argument: Just about everything else

Deserves to be in Hall?: No

Will get elected this year?: No

Will ever get elected?: No

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Ballot 34: Arthur Rhodes

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Arthur Rhodes

Pitched 20 years for nine different teams. 87-70 record, 4.08 ERA, 33 saves, 15.0 WAR, 3.1 WAA

Pro argument: The man pitched forever.

Con argument: Lefty specialists are to be cherished but not enshrined

Deserves to be in Hall?: No

Will get elected this year?: No

Will ever get elected?: No

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