In early January the National Baseball Hall of Fame will announce the election of the newest members of Cooperstown, baseball's highest honor.
As usual, there are arguments for and against all eligible players on the ballot, as cast by members of the BBWAA.
As a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance it is my honor and privilege to cast a ballot for the BBA and its 200+ bloggers.
This year the BBA tweaked the ballot to allow a "Yes" or "No" vote for all eligible ballplayers.
My "YES" votes are for....
Jeff Bagwell... http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bagweje01.shtml
Craig Biggio... http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/biggicr01.shtml
Randy Johnson... http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/johnsra05.shtml
Edgar Martinez... http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/martied01.shtml
Pedro Martinez... http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/martipe02.shtml
Fred McGriff... http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mcgrifr01.shtml
Mike Piazza... http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/piazzmi01.shtml
Tim Raines... http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/raineti01.shtml
Curt Schiilling... http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/schilcu01.shtml
Gary Sheffield... http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sheffga01.shtml
Lee Smith... http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/smithle02.shtml
John Smoltz... http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/smoltjo01.shtml
Alan Trammell... http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/trammal01.shtml
Larry Walker... http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/walkela01.shtml
Its too much to go through each name on my ballot so I've linked each players baseballreference.com page after their name.
Everyone knows how I feel about Trammell and his playing in Detroit and not New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago as the reason writers are holding him back from election.
The Hall of Fame is something special, and it takes a special ballplayer to get into Cooperstown.
I continue to vote "no" for the likes of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, out of respect for the game I love.
To many times I've written in disdain for the BBWAA for keeping great ballplayers like Jim Kaat, Tim Raines, Dale Murphy, Lou Whittaker, and Jack Morris from their rightful place in the Hall.
Lasy year I couldn't understand how a great ballplayer like Craig Biggio couldn't get elected.
3,000 hits, no frills, no steroids or controversy, but he plays in Houston, and didn't win a World Series.
Edgar Martinez was a designated hitter for most of his big league career, starting as a 3rd Baseman for the Seattle Mariners.
Martinez wasn't just a DH, he was the best DH in baseball history, and belongs in the Hall as the FIRST DH in the Hall of Fame.
Well, thats my ballot, the men I believe belong in the hallowed baseball museum in Cooperstown, New York.
Ill be back with the update after the elections early next year.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hannuka, and Season's Greetings!