This year's hall of fame ballots are out now, and while I am not a member of the "esteemed" body of people who get to vote on who is in and who is out, I am going to pretend that I am.
This year's ballot includes Roberto Alomar, Kevin Appier, Harold Baines, Bert Blyleven, Ellis Burks, Andre Dawson, Andres Galarraga, Pat Hentgen, Mike Jackson, Eric Karros, Ray Lankford, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Tim Raines, Shane Reynolds, David Segui, Lee Smith, Alan Trammell, Robin Ventura and Todd Zeile. So now I am going to get to picking.
Yeah, people talk about the PED's and his now infamous stint on Capitol Hill, but Big Mac has never been indicted for his supposed use of enhancements, and even if he were I would vote for him, but hey thats just me. He was and is one of the all time greats. And you know his numbers.
I dont care about who he spit on, or about his Mets years. He is in the elite group of all time second basemen. Robbie, was hitter, he finished his career with 2,700 hits and a .300 batting average. He belongs in.
Larkin was the first SS to make the 30-30 club and had one of the greatest careers a SS had in MLB history. A career .295 hitter, Larkin belongs in the Hall.
300 homeruns, 500 doubles, .300 AVG, .400 OBA, .500 SLG puts Edgar in the exclusive company of Babe Ruth, Ted Williams Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, Lou Gerhig, Manny Ramirez and Todd Helton. Thats some pretty good company to keep. Martinez, is very deserving of the HOF and should be the DH that changes the defensive player philosophy of the HOF. If Ozzie Smith can get in for just being a fielder, Edgar goes in on just being a hitter.