I figured, before I left on vacation, I should post the results from our Hall of Fame polls.
We ran 23 polls and, using the BBWAA standard of 75% being a passing grade, we would have put 9 players into the Hall, The BBWAA can't put in 9 because they are only allowed to vote for 10 players on the ballot, so really, best we could hope for would be 4 or 5 making the Hall.
- Randy Johnson had 4 no votes (out of 602 total votes).
- I'm glad to see our readers are smart enough to vote in Tim Raines. I'm not very hopeful that the Writers will be as smart. And the same for Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell.
- I'm kind surprised Edgar Martinez made the grade. Not that he's a bad choice or anything, it just surprises me.
- I'm surprised that Alan Trammell hit 80% of the vote. He's another I'd like to see in the Hall, but there is zero change the writers will vote him in.
- Both Larry Walker Carlos Delgado were 3 votes short of 75%.
- Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling got fewer votes than I thought they would.
- I'd feel bad for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, but, if they wanted to be in the Hall, they shouldn't have been such jerks. It isn't fair, but, anything that people vote on will have an element of personality involved.
- All in all, I think it's a pretty good job. There are way too many good candidates on the ballot and the way things go, with the Writers voting 2 or 3 or 4 in, there will be too many good candidates on the ballot for at least the foreseeable future. There should be a better way.