Found January 10, 2012 on
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Time to read off the quality of MLB baseball players who end up on a Hall of Fame ballot these days: Bill Mueller, Brad Radke, Javy Lopez and Eric Young. All received votes from baseball writers to be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame, the one in Cooperstown, New York that may be soon crowded with asterisks pending further research and millions of dollars. Baseball Writers Association of America continues to vote due to their own preference and not the overall worth.
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Today marks the unveiling of the 2012 Baseball Hall of Fame class, and if it were up to one ESPN reported, 2003 AL batting champ Bill Mueller would be enshrined.
ESPN posted the ballots of its eligible voting staffers, and Pedro Gomez cast the lone vote for Mueller. That's the same Mueller who hit .291 for his career, along with a robust 85 homers. He did have a patient eye...
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES
Today Cincinnati Red Barry Larkin deservedly got inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He won a World Series, NL MVP, and the Gold Glove three times so he definitely earned it. Every year I go down the list to see who else gets votes and then I get to the “Others Receiving Votes” section. Sometimes this section will have a player that had a few elite seasons but not long or...
Like the swallows of Capistrano, you can reliably predict that each year some thoroughly undeserving player will receive a Hall of Fame vote(s). Last year, it was David Segui, Pat Hentgen, Kevin Appier amongts others that picked a small smattering of votes. This year, it was Bill Mueller, Brad Radke, Javy Lopez, and Eric Young. Just as predictable as votes for some lesser-worthies...
Congrats to Barry Larkin! He does deserve it.
Seriously, though, Bill Miller the umpire has a better chance of making the Hall of Fame than Bill Mueller the former Red Sox player (and former Giant, don’t forget that!).
But how about Lee Smith? He deserves to be in.