Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot: FanSided’s SoDo Mojo

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Philadelphia Phillies Bobby Abreu hits first inning home run vs Los Angeles Dodgers Kazuhisa Ishii at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Jon Soohoo/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Phillies Bobby Abreu hits first inning home run vs Los Angeles Dodgers Kazuhisa Ishii at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Jon Soohoo/Getty Images) /
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Manny Ramirez

Manny Ramirez hall of fame
NEW YORK – JULY 15: American League All-Star Manny Ramirez #24 of the Boston Red Sox swings at a pitch during the 79th MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium on July 15, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Career Accomplishments:

.312/.411/.585, 555 HR, 1,831 RBI

12x All-Star, 9x Silver Slugger, Batting Title, 2x World Series Champ, World Series MVP

Chris: Incredibly dangerous hitter, fun to watch, and was great for a long time. From 1995-2008, had an OPS+ of 157, with a .317/.424/.599 slash. He hit 508 of his 555 career homers during that time as well.

Vote: Yes

Connor: Manny Ramirez was… wild. Obviously, the incredible career numbers, postseason excellence, and personality would have made Manny a sure-fire Hall of Famer, but his PED usage and acrimonious split from the Red Sox both put big asterisks on his resume.

Ramirez appeared on the Mitchell Report in 2003, was suspended 50 games in 2009 for previous usage of a women’s fertility drug (which he claimed he took without knowledge that it was banned), and tested positive once again in 2011 when trying to make a comeback to the major leagues. At the end of the day, I believe Ramirez’s positive impact on the sport far outweighed his negative impact, and I don’t think his PED usage drastically improved his career arc.

Vote: Yes

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez hall of fame
BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 11: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees bats in the second inning of the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on August 11, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /

Career Accomplishments:

.295/.380/.550, 696 HR, 2,086 RBI, 329 SB

3x MVP, 14x All-Star, 10x Silver Slugger, 2x Gold Glove, Batting Title, World Series Champ

Chris: Sorry A-Rod. How you act about how you play, and the tales you tell do have an affect. It’s why I said yes to Pettitte and no to A-Rod.

Vote: No

Connor: Maybe my saltiness towards A-Rod is driven by his spurn of the Mariners in his 2001 free agency, but either way, there isn’t a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame for someone who made several attempts to cover up his PED usage and actively tried to obstruct MLB’s steroid investigation.

Vote: No

Scott Rolen

Scott Rolen hall of fame
Scott Rolen of St. Louis hits a game-winning single during action between the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri on July 15, 2006. The Cardinals won 2-1 in 10 innings. (Photo by G. N. Lowrance/Getty Images) /

Career Accomplishments:

.281/.364/.490, 316 HR, 1,287 RBI, 118 SB

Rookie of the Year, 7x All-Star, 8x Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, World Series Champ

Chris: Incredible defender, consistently had good pop, and sneaky speed for a while as well. Great at going gap-to-gap – an easy yes.

Vote: Yes

Connor: Rolen was one of the greatest third baseman of all-time, both offensively and defensively, created his own charity during his playing career, and his name hasn’t come anywhere near a PED scandal. He’s one of the easiest votes on the ballot.

Vote: Yes

Jimmy Rollins

Jimmy Rollins hall of fame
PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 27: Jimmy Rollins #11 of the Philadelphia Phillies rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of the game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on August 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images) /

Career Accomplishments:

.264/.324/.418, 231 HR, 936 RBI, 470 SB

MVP, 3x All-Star, 4x Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, World Series Champ

Chris: Impact player all over the field, and seemed to be the leader of those great Phillies teams in the late 2000’s.

Vote: Yes

Connor: Jimmy Rollins had a great career, but a career OPS+ of 95 (where 100 is the league average) doesn’t inspire a vote on my end.

Vote: No

Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling hall of fame
BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 25: Curt Schilling #38 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Colorado Rockies during the 2007 World Series GM 2 October 25, 2007 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox won the Series 4-0. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /

Career Accomplishments:

216-146, 3.46 ERA, 3,116 K

6x All-Star, 3x World Series Champ, World Series MVP, NLCS MVP

Chris: Schilling was incredible whenever he stepped to the mound. From Philly to Arizona to Boston, he played an enormous role in being a large part of multiple Championship teams.

Vote: Yes

Connor: Schilling had his fair share of controversies in his career, but none of them centered around cheating. He pitched the lights out in almost every one of his 20 seasons in the big leagues, and he was phenomenal in the playoffs.

Vote: Yes

Gary Sheffield

Gary Sheffield hall of fame
18 Aug 2000: Gary Sheffield #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers runs the bases during the game against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Mets 1-4.Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport /

Career Accomplishments:

.292/.393/.514, 509 HR, 1,676 RBI, 253 SB

9x All-Star, 5x Silver Slugger, Batting Title, World Series Champ

Chris: This should be a no brainer. He made pitchers nervous from 1992-2005. Every. Single. Year. He’s 36th overall in oWAR all-time. First Ballot, put him in. It’s the right thing to do.

Vote: Yes

Connor: Sheffield had arguably the best bat speed we’ve ever seen, and he was one of the biggest threats at the plate in MLB for 14 seasons. Though it was speculated that he used PEDs, he never actually tested positive, so his candidacy is solid.

Vote: Yes

Sammy Sosa

Sammy Sosa hall of fame
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 21: Sammy Sosa #21 of the Chicago Cubs bats against the Pittsburgh Pirates as catcher Jason Kendall looks on during a Major League Baseball game at PNC Park on September 21, 2003 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Cubs defeated the Pirates 4-1. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) /

Career Accomplishments:

.273/.344/.534, 609 HR, 1,667 RBI, 234 SB

MVP, 7x All-Star, 6x Silver Slugger, HR Derby Champ

Chris: Regardless of how I feel about the issues surrounding him while he played, I don’t think the career as a whole is good enough to make it.

Vote: No

Connor: Despite appearing on the Mitchell Report in 2003, Sosa has consistently denied receiving a positive test for any drug at any point in his career. It was an odd way to approach the situation, as appearing on the Mitchell Report meant that a player tested positive for some kind of substance, so it’s difficult to trust Sosa at this point.

Vote: No

Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira hall of fame
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 02: Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees in action against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on October 2, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Baltimore Orioles defetaed the New York Yankees 5-2. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

Career Accomplishments:

.268/.360/.509, 409 HR, 1,298 RBI

3x All-Star, 5x Gold Glove, 3x Silver Slugger, World Series Champ

Chris: If he could’ve stayed healthy during his early 30’s, he would’ve made it. Those injuries robbed us of another 5 years of prime Tex.

Vote: No

Connor: It’s Teixeira’s first year on the ballot, so he’s facing long odds to get in this year. However, his numbers and accolades made him a star in his career, so definitely don’t count him out for a potential future election.

Vote: No

Omar Vizquel

Omar Vizquel hall of fame
NEW YORK – CIRCA 1994: Omar Vizquel #13 of the Cleveland Indians down and ready to make a play on the ball against the New York Yankees during an Major League Baseball game circa 1994 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Vizquel played for the Indians from 1994-2004. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /

Career Accomplishments:

.272/.336/.352, 2,877 Hits, 404 SB

3x All-Star, 11x Gold Glove

Chris: Although he is 9th all-time in dWAR, the bat wasn’t good. Every single team would take him if they could get that career. It’s not good enough for the HOF, though.

Vote: No

Connor: I’m bewildered that most Hall of Fame voters don’t support Vizquel’s election, as I think 11 Gold Gloves at the game’s most difficult position while collecting almost 3,000 hits and over 400 stolen bases should make him a lock.

Vote: Yes

Billy Wagner

Billy Wagner hall of fame
Houston Astros closer Billy Wagner pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning, 26 June 2001, in Phoenix. The Astros won 10-7. AFP PHOTO/Mike FIALA (Photo by Mike FIALA / AFP) (Photo by MIKE FIALA/AFP via Getty Images) /

Career Accomplishments:

47-40, 2.31 ERA, 422 Saves, 0.998 WHIP

7x All-Star, Rolaids Reliever of the Year

Chris: Other than an odd injury year in 2000, Wagner was lights out. He never had an ERA over 2.85. Career 11.9 K/9, and 400+ saves. He deserves to be in, and is in a different class of dominance compared to Papelbon and Nathan.

Vote: Yes

Connor: Billy Wagner allowed less than one baserunner per inning and struck out 33% of the batters he faced over the course of his 16-year career. He’s not quite Mariano Rivera or Trevor Hoffman, but he’s earned the right to be the third one-inning closer inducted into the Hall.

Vote: Yes

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