My 2013 Top 5 MLB Hall Of Fame Ballot

Barry Bonds & Roger ClemensI know most of you reading this will disagree with my hall of fame ballot, as this is the biggest ballot that baseball writers have been faced with because of accused steroid users and players from the steroid era but whether you like it or not, MLB did go through a steroid era and many players did take steroids. Do i support taking steroids? No. Do I think players should under any circumstance take steroids? No. That doesn’t eliminate the fact that players did and achieved many milestones with help from those banned substances. Look at Barry Bonds, yes he took steroids, but he’s also the all time home run leader with 762 homers. If Bonds didn’t juice, does he get in? You bet he does. We have to face the fact that Bonds got caught and his records are now tainted. Some players definitely didn’t get caught though, but how can we know which players those were? We never will, which is why we will never know whether a player took a banned substance when voting for him to enter the hall of fame. Mike Piazza was never caught but how do we know he never took something while playing? I’m not saying he did or I think he did, but just using that as an example. If the current home run king doesn’t get into the Hall of Fame, no one should. Anyway, whether you like it or not, here is my 2013 top five MLB hall of fame ballot, complete with stats and records.

1.Barry Bonds, LF: 762 Home Runs, .298 AVG, 1,996 RBI’s 2,935 hits, 514 SB’s, 7 Time NL MVP, 14 Time All Star, 8 Time Gold Glove Award Winner, 12 Time Silver Slugger Award Winner, 3 Time NL Hank Aaron Award Winner, Walks In a Single Season (232 in 2004), Only Member of the 500-500 Club (762 HR’s & 514 SB’s), One Of Only Four Members in the 40-40 Club (Alfonso Soriano, Alex Rodriguez, & Jose Canseco). (Pittsburgh Pirates 1986-1992, San Francisco Giants 1993-2007)

2.Roger Clemens, SP: 354-184, 3.12 ERA, 4,672 K’s, 1.17 WHIP, 118 Complete Games, 46 Shutouts, 7 Time CY Young Award Winner (6 AL & 1 NL), 1986 AL MVP, 11 Time All Star, 2 Time World Series Champion (1999-2000), 6 World Series Appearances (1986, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005), 1986 All Star Game MVP, Two Pitching Triple Crowns, Eight 200 K Seasons, Led AL In K’s Five Times, 6 Time 20 Game Winner, Led League in Wins Four Times, 7 Time ERA Leader, Under 2.00 ERA Twice, 12-8 Postseason Record, 3.75 Record, 173 K’s, 3-0 World Series Record, 2.37 ERA, 49 K’s, Made World Series 6 Times. (Boston Redsox 1984-1996, Toronto Blue Jays 1997-1998, New York Yankees 1999-2003 & 2007, Houston Astros 2004-2006)

3.Mike Piazza, C: .308 AVG, 427 HR’s, 1,335 RBI’s, 2,127 Hits, 1,048 Runs, 12 Time All Star, 1993 Rookie Of The Year, 10 Time Silver Slugger Award Winner, 1996 All Star Game MVP, 7 Top 10 MVP Finishes, 4 Top 5 MVP Finishes, Nine 30 HR Seasons, Two 40 HR Seasons, Most HR’s By A Catcher In MLB History (396), One World Series Appearance (2000). (Los Angeles Dodgers 1992-1998, Florida Marlins 1998, New York Mets 1999-2005, San Diego Padres 2006, Oakland A’s 2007)

4.Craig Biggio, 2B: .281 AVG, 291 HR’s, 1,175 RBI’s, 3,060 Hits, 1,844 Runs, 414 SB’s, 7 Time All Star, 5 Time Silver Slugger Award Winner, 4 Time Gold Glove Award Winner, 3 Top 10 MVP Finishes, Eight 20 HR Seasons, Four 120 Runs Scored Seasons, One World Series Appearance (2005). (Houston Astros 1988-2007)

5.Curt Schilling, SP: 216-146, 3.46 ERA, 3,116 K’s, 1.13 WHIP, 83 Complete Games, 20 Shutouts, 6 Time All Star, 3 Time World Series Champion (2001, 2004, 2007), Two Top 10 MVP Finishes, Three CY Young Runner Up Finishes, Three 300 K Seasons, Three 20 Win Seasons, Co-World Series MVP in 2001, NLCS MVP in 1993, Four World Series Appearances (1993, 2001, 2004, 2007), 11-2 Postseason Record, 2.23 ERA, 120 K’s, 4-1 World Series Record, 2.06 ERA, 43 K’s. (Baltimore Orioles 1988-1990, Houston Astros 1991, Philadelphia Phillies 1992-2000, Arizona Diamondbacks 2000-2003, Boston Redsox 2004-2007)

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