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Basic Biittner : My Hall ballot

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Voting members of the Baseball Writers of America received their ballots for the 2012 election for the Hall of Fame in mid-November. There are 27 candidates - 14 "holdovers" and 13 new candidates. The writers must postmark their ballots by New Year's Eve, and the results will be announced on January 9, 2012. Any candidate who receives a vote from 75% of the writers will be inducted into the Hall in Cooperstown, New York next summer, along with Ron Santo, who was recently elected by a Veteran's Committee, broadcaster Tim McCarver and sportswriter Bob Elliott. Last year's new inductees, you may remember, included second baseman Roberto Alomar and pitcher Bert Blyleven.

For the record - I am not now, have never been, and in all likelihood will never be a member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, and therefore, of course, am not allowed to cast a vote for the Hall of Fame.

I do, however, have a column, and will use this forum to express my thoughts about who I WOULD vote for, if given the opportunity.

My unofficial ballot for the 2012 Hall of Fame election would be marked with votes for the following players, in the order listed :

1. Barry Larkin, Cincinnati Reds SS; 2. Tim Raines, IF-OF for several teams; 3.1B Jeff Bagwell, Houston Astros; 4. DH Edgar Martinez, Seattle Mariners; 5.1B Don Mattingly, New York Yankees; 6. P Jack Morris, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins; 7. SS Alan Trammell, Detroit Tigers; 8. relief pitcher Lee Smith, Chicago Cubs (and other teams); 9.1B Fred McGriff, Toronto (and other teams; 10. OF Bernie Williams, New York Yankees.

Who do I think will be elected from this group in 2012? Barry Larkin is a likely choice, as he came close last year. Morris is the second-leading returning vote getter, but he was something like 20 % short last year, so Larkin may be the only player elected by the writers this year (if anyone is elected - the writers are not mandated to choose someone every year). If no one is named on 75% of the votes cast this year, there will be no one else inducted this summer with Santo, McCarver and Elliott.

Stay tuned on January 9th to find out.

Dan Whitney
Basic Biittner