Before this year’s final Baseball Hall of Fame voting is announced on Tuesday, the SoDo Mojo site experts (Chris O’Day and I) decided we’d take a crack at our own ballots. With several notable first-timers on the ballot, as well as a few controversial names appearing for the final time, this year’s voting has certainly been a story to watch.
For those unfamiliar with the Baseball Hall of Fame voting process – a player becomes eligible for the HoF five years after their last appearance on the field, and can remain on the ballot for the next 10 years as long as they receive at least 5% of votes each year. In order to get in while on the ballot, a player must receive 75% of votes. *Each voter can only select up to 10 players in one ballot.
Before we get into our votes, here are our thoughts on how PED usage should affect a player’s Hall of Fame ineligibility, as it is an undeniably important issue to discuss:
Chris: PED usage is a tough subject, and one with a lot of opinions. I don’t like that people did it, but those who owned up and admitted it earned back a portion of respect for me.
Connor: In my eyes, PED usage is wrong, and there is no excuse for those who broke the rules. However, I also believe humanity is flawed, and those who show remorse for their actions deserve to be forgiven. In regard to how PED usage should affect Hall of Fame voting – yes, repentance is imperative, but I believe that if a player’s PED usage made a significantly positive impact on a player’s career arc, they should not be given entrance into baseball’s most hallowed grounds.