It's that time of the year again, Hall of Fame time! A time for old baseball writers, some of whom have not written an article in years, to get to decide who is a Hall of Fame player or not. A time when name-calling, expletive rants, and armchair fans, who think they know better, yell into the Twittersphere criticizing every ballot that gets publicized. Personally, this is one of my favorite times of the baseball offseason.
If you don't happen to follow Ryan Thibodaux (@NotMrTibbs) on Twitter, you really are missing out. Ryan keeps track of all of the published HoF ballots, giving fans an idea of who will be elected into the Hall of Fame. His tireless work each and every year makes following HoF trends that much more fun.
Here at SoDo, we thought it would be fun to have the staff writers vote and see who we, as SoDo Mojo, elected to the Hall of Fame. No, none of us have an actual Hall of Fame vote. Maybe one day. In total, 9 of us voted to get these results. I am going to highlight the players that I voted for and give explanations as to why a player deserved a vote or not.
We elected 7 players off of this year's ballot. That may seem like a lot, but remember that the BBWAA (Baseball Writers of America Association) has been getting these votes wrong for a long time. The Hall of Fame should be a place to celebrate achievements and the game of baseball. For long enough, the BBWAA weaponized the voting and has tarnished this once great Hall. Yes, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and others belong in the HoF.