Finally made it to the end of the ballot. I'm skipping:
- Rondell White, even though he was a favorite of mine, as a former Expo. He had a good career, 15 seasons, a .284/.336/.462 line, with 198 home runs, 768 RBI in 1474 games. He made 1 All-Star team. A first round draft pick in 1990, my memory is that he was always thought of as a slight disappointment to the Expos. He did spend a lot of time on the DL.
- Woody Williams, a former Blue Jay pitcher. He had an ok career, finishing 132-116 with a 4.19 ERA in 424 games, 330 starts in 15 seasons. He made one All-Star team.
He made 5 All-Star teams, won 4 Gold Gloves and 1 Silver Slugger. He has a career WAR of 47.3.
He's going to get some support, there are a lot of New York writers that get a ballot. They will say his 4 World Series rings makes him worthy of the Hall. I don't think so. I think there were center fielders that were better than Bernie that played in the same era.
If you are voting him in, you have to be giving him a lot of credit for the World Series wins, but then you would be voting because he was lucky enough to be on a team with a lot of good players. Bernie was never the best player on his World Series teams. Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and maybe a few others off those teams deserve to go into the Hall, but, at least for me, not Williams.
This is Williams 2nd time on the ballot, he picked up 9.6% of the vote last time. I wonder if there is 9.6% of the BBWAA who are from New York?