Each year, members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America are given the opportunity to vote on ten players the deem worthy of entering the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Votes are compiled across the writers and only those players receiving at least 75% of the vote are granted entrance into the Hall. Many argue ten isn’t enough room to vote in all of the deserving candidates, and this year appears to be no different.
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Although I don’t have a vote, I have taken it upon myself as co-editor of Puckett’s Pond, to look through the ballot, and in effect, cast my own ballot for ten deserving candidates.
Despite being on the ballot, former Minnesota Twins pitcher and fan favorite Eddie Guardado would not get my vote. Looking at the candidates, this is who I see as being deserving.
Part of an elite duo alongside Craig Biggio, Bagwell posted impressive numbers throughout his career as a member of the Houston Astros. A career .297 hitter with 449 home runs to his credit, he strikes me as a no brainer.