Baseball Bloggers Alliance logoIf the Baseball Bloggers Alliance Hall of Fame vote mirrors the actual Hall of Fame voting results when they are announced on January 8th, I am going to be fairly unhappy with some professional sports writers (again.)

Here’s the Baseball Bloggers Alliance press release:

Maddux, Thomas, Glavine Recommended by Blogger Organization for Cooperstown

December 30, 2013: The Baseball Bloggers Alliance today recommends three players from the official Hall of Fame ballot to be inducted into Cooperstown this summer. Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, most closely associated with the Atlanta Braves, and long-time Chicago White Sox first baseman/designated hitter Frank Thomas reached the 75% threshold when BBA members cast their ballots.

Maddux, a four-time Cy Young Award winner for the Braves, pitched from 1986 to 2008 and won 355 games while posting a 3.16 ERA and striking out over 3,300 batters. He had a career WHIP of 1.143 in just over 5,000 innings and an ERA+ of 132 over that span. His best season was 1995, when he fashioned a 19-2 record with a 1.63 ERA, good for a bWAR of 9.7 that year.

Thomas played from 1990 to 2008, all but the last three season on the south side of Chicago. He has a career slash line of .301/.419/.555 and fashioned an OPS+ of 156 during his playing days. He put up his highest single-season bWAR in 1997, when his 1.067 OPS and 35 home runs played a large role in his mark of 7.3.

Glavine’s career spanned roughly the same time frame as Maddux’s, with Glavine starting in 1987. He won the Cy Young in 1991 and 1998 and finished runner-up two other times. His career ERA was 3.54 and he won 305 games during his tenure with the Braves and the New York Mets. Glavine had a 1.314 WHIP for his career and an ERA+ of 118.

The voting of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance has often been close to what the baseball writers eventually decide, though the correlation is stronger with the year-end awards. A quick look at the past few years:

In 2010, no player reached the 75% mark in BBA voting, while the writers inducted only Andre Dawson.

In 2011, the BBA selected Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven and both were inducted into Cooperstown that summer.

In 2012, Barry Larkin and Jeff Bagwell were selected by the BBA, but the writers only took Larkin.

Last year, the bloggers again picked Bagwell, while the writers could not agree on anyone to honor.

Bagwell lost support in this year’s voting, coming up roughly 10% shy of recommendation. The final vote totals are as follows:

  • Greg Maddux 94.51%
  • Frank Thomas 80.22%
  • Tom Glavine 75.82%
  • Mike Piazza 72.53%
  • Craig Biggio 70.33%
  • Jeff Bagwell 64.84%
  • Barry Bonds 60.44%
  • Roger Clemens 59.34%
  • Tim Raines 54.95%
  • Edgar Martinez 41.76%
  • Curt Schilling 39.56%
  • Mike Mussina 32.97%
  • Alan Trammell 30.77%
  • Jack Morris 25.27%
  • Mark McGwire 21.98%
  • Larry Walker 17.58%
  • Jeff Kent 15.38%
  • Lee Smith 14.29%
  • Don Mattingly 9.89%
  • Fred McGriff 8.79%
  • Rafael Palmeiro 7.69%
  • Sammy Sosa 4.40%
  • Moises Alou 3.30%
  • Eric Gagne 2.20%
  • Luis Gonzalez 2.20%
  • Sean Casey 1.10%
  • Kenny Rogers 1.10%
  • Richie Sexson 1.10%
  • J.T. Snow 1.10%
  • Armando Benitez 0.00%
  • Ray Durham 0.00%
  • Jacque Jones 0.00%
  • Todd Jones 0.00%
  • Paul Lo Duca 0.00%
  • Hideo Nomo 0.00%
  • Mike Timlin 0.00%

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was established in the fall of 2009 for the purpose of fostering collaboration and communication among bloggers from across baseball. The BBA currently has approximately 240 blogs in its membership, including some of the most prominent blogs on the Internet, spanning all major league teams and various other general aspects of the game.

More information about the BBA can be found at their website, baseballbloggersalliance.wordpress.com, or by contacting the founder and administrator of the organization, Daniel Shoptaw, at baseballbloggersalliance@gmail.com.

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5 responses

  1. There are simply too many strong candidates on this ballot, and voters are (I believe) only allowed to vote for up to ten candidates. So many of these votes cancel each other out. How the hell do Richie Sexson, J.T. Snow and Sean Casey get votes on such a crowded ballot? It’s not like the best name on the ballot is Milt Wilcox.

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    • Paul says:

      With 91 ballots cast, the odd votes probably just mean one blogger cast a ballot for a favorite player. I can live with that, especially from a non-professional. After all, remember when one of the Houston writers decided to vote for Jim Deshaies a few years ago?

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  2. Stubby says:

    I see two sure-fire (oughta be) Hall of Famers on that list…Greg Maddux and Mike Piazza. Most of the rest are debatable, pro and con. If I’m allowed 10 votes, I’d cast my votes for Maddux, Piazza, Bonds, Biggio, Glavine, Lee Smith, Bagwell, Raines and I’d toss a bone to Nomo (just cuz). I’m torn between Morris and Martinez for vote ten, so I’d probably just not cast it. Frank Thomas over Mike Piazza? What were those idiots smoking? They must all live in Chicago. They’re no better than the Baseball Writers, who proved once and for all last year (as if we needed more proof) that they’re not fit to decide who is Hall worthy or not. Maddux and Piazza should be near unanimous choices. So what’s the beef on Piazza? Steroids? Prove it or shut the hell up and give the man his due. I can prove Ty Cobb was a racist who ought not be in the Hall. Gaylord Perry’s an admitted cheater. There is no evidence Mike Piazza ever did anything except play the game at its highest level. And these whispering campaigns are nothing more than anti-Met slander. Hey, did you hear? Babe Ruth was a cross-dresser. Nah, I can’t prove it. I just know it. He was a Yankee after all and all them Yankees were cross-dressers. What a crock of you know what.

    Until Gil Hodges is in the Hall, the whole thing’s a joke, anyway. I’d add Shoeless Joe and Pete Rose to that list of “it ain’t a Hall of Fame without them”, but at least you can debate those two based on, well, you know (even though Shoeless Joe was innocent). Gil Hodges was the best of his time–yeah, I said it–and its just politics that keeps him out. But Kirby Puckett’s in? Puh-leeze!

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    • Paul says:

      I should have kept track of who I put on my ballot, but I don’t recall exactly who I picked. I know I had at least six and it was probably closer to eight or nine.

      This “guilty until proven innocent” mindset goes against American ideals, and as you point out, given some current Hall of Famers, shouldn’t matter anyway.

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