In a way, I’m glad I don’t have a vote for the Hall of Fame.
Most years, I’d love to have a ballot. I’d love to crunch numbers, study careers and determine which 10 players most deserve baseball’s highest honor. Hall of Fame season is one of my favorite parts of the year, arguably more so than the baseball season itself, just because it’s so much fun to have these discussions.
This year, though, it’s simply overwhelming. I’d vote for 15 players if I could, maybe even 20.
When I look at a Hall of Fame ballot, I’ll start by eliminating the clearly inferior candidates, then examine the remainder in detail and determine which ones are truly Hall-worthy. I consider myself a fairly large-Hall guy, so I’m usually at or close to the maximum 10 votes. This year, as mentioned, I’m way over, and I’ve had to separate the players I think are no-doubt Hall of Famers from the guys who can wait.
Instead of dragging you through the whole process before I finally get to the good part, I’d rather lead with a celebration of 10 great careers. The hand-wringing and tough decisions can come later.
Here, in no particular order, are the 10 players I’ve put on my virtual Hall of Fame ballot.