Category Archives: WGOM Half-Baked Hall

Half-Baked Hall: 1983

2008 Results!

We have four proud new members of the Half-Baked Hall.

Frank Thomas: 100%
Greg Maddux: 100%
Tom Glavine: 81%
Mike Mussina: 75%

Luis Gonzalez, Hideo Nomo, and Jeff Kent each netted one vote.  Kenny Rogers and Moises Alou were blanked.

1983 Ballot

Citizens, Vote!

  • Johnny Bench (22%, 15 Votes)
  • Gaylord Perry (22%, 15 Votes)
  • Carl Yastrzemski (22%, 15 Votes)
  • Fergie Jenkins (19%, 13 Votes)
  • Gene Tenace (7%, 5 Votes)
  • Bert Campaneris (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Jim Kaat (3%, 2 Votes)
  • None of them! (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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Half-Baked Hall: 2008

2004 Results!

Roberto Alomar: 90%
Barry Larkin: 90%
Edgar Martinez: 90%

Welcome!  In the real world, Edgar took a lot longer to get in. We had the decency to not make him wait here.

Nobody else even got one vote. Fred McGriff, who many a BBWAA voter has agonized over, got completely shut out. Also getting shut out were Appier, Burks, and Ventura.

Holy pitchers!

  • Frank Thomas (27%, 15 Votes)
  • Greg Maddux (27%, 15 Votes)
  • Tom Glavine (22%, 12 Votes)
  • Mike Mussina (20%, 11 Votes)
  • Luis Gonzalez (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Hideo Nomo (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Kenny Rogers (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Moises Alou (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jeff Kent (0%, 0 Votes)
  • None of them! (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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Half-Baked Hall: 2004

We have two new members of the Half-Baked Hall!

Bert Blyleven: 100%
Gary Carter: 88%

We also have one player who will be kept on for a Veteran's ballot.

Willie Randolph: 44%

Meanwhile, Pedro Guerrero garnered one vote. He was a damn fine hitter. Too bad he was an absolute butcher in the field.  Jesse Barfield, Jack Clark, Brian Downing, and Carney Lansford all got shut out.

2004 Ballot

Q.E.D?

  • Roberto Alomar (32%, 9 Votes)
  • Barry Larkin (32%, 9 Votes)
  • Edgar Martinez (32%, 9 Votes)
  • None Of Them! (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Kevin Appier (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ellis Burks (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Fred McGriff (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Robin Ventura (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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Half-Baked Hall: 1992

Eddie Murray and Ryne Sandberg breeze into the half-baked hall with 100% of the vote.

Otherwise there was no suspense. Valenzuela netted two votes and Greg Gagne landed one.  Brett Butler got zero and real Hall of Famer Lee Smith got exactly zero votes. It appears the save statistic does not impress this group.

In 1992, it was mostly good hitters that retired. But there's one pitcher on the ballot you might want to circle.

Who's joining Ross Barnes?

  • Bert Blyleven (42%, 16 Votes)
  • Gary Carter (37%, 14 Votes)
  • Willie Randolph (18%, 7 Votes)
  • Pedro Guerrero (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Jesse Barfield (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jack Clark (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Brian Downing (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Carney Lansford (0%, 0 Votes)
  • None of them! (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 16

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Former Twin Al Newman had 2.5 WAR. Also, John Moses, who had a solid year for the Twins in 1988, finished his career with negative 3.4 WAR.

 

Half-Baked Hall: 1997

Steve Carlton (93%) is your lone Half-Baked Hall entrant from 1988. Despite stuffing the ballot box, CarterHayes was unable to get anyone else in, though a few players will come back at a later time.

Graig Nettles: 71%
Ted Simmons: 57%
Don Sutton: 43%

Hall-of-Famer Bruce Sutter (5 votes) is permanently dumped, as are Ron Guidry (2 votes), Dave Concepcion (1 vote), and Jose Cruz (0 votes).

1997

Who would you not kick out of bed for eating crackers?

  • Eddie Murray (45%, 13 Votes)
  • Ryne Sandberg (45%, 13 Votes)
  • Fernando Valenzuela (7%, 2 Votes)
  • Greg Gagne (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Brett Butler (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Lee Smith (0%, 0 Votes)
  • None of them! (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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Half-Baked Hall: 1988

Mark Buehrle fell just short (38%) of getting a future look, but None of Them! is able to come back again. Torii Hunter pulled down one vote. The guy definitely had his best years after he left the Twins. Cuddyer, Hudson, and LaTroy were shut out.

Next is 1988. Two former Twins with high WAR totals here. Also a relief pitcher who made that other museum.

Who ya got?

  • Steve Carlton (28%, 14 Votes)
  • Graig Nettles (22%, 11 Votes)
  • Ted Simmons (18%, 9 Votes)
  • Don Sutton (14%, 7 Votes)
  • Bruce Sutter (10%, 5 Votes)
  • Ron Guidry (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Dave Concepcion (2%, 1 Votes)
  • None Of Them! (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Jose Cruz (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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Half-Baked Hall: 2015

Not surprisingly we have 3 new members of the Half-Baked Hall. Juan Marichal, Bob Gibson,  and Killer all sail in with 93% of the vote!

Sam McDowell falls off with 29%. Cy Young winner and former Twin Jim Perry falls off with 21%. Vada Pinson gets shut out.

Our 2015 ballot does not have any inner circle candidates. But this is the Half-Baked Hall. Who needs standards

Who ya got?

  • None of them! (54%, 7 Votes)
  • Mark Buehrle (38%, 5 Votes)
  • Torii Hunter (8%, 1 Votes)
  • Michael Cuddyer (0%, 0 Votes)
  • LaTroy Hawkins (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tim Hudson (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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Half-Baked Hall: 1975

So 2014 was a dud of a year.  Jeter's name will be tucked away for a future consolation ballot as he pulled down 62% of the vote . Bobby Abreu, who will probably linger on the real ballot for ten years, gets unceremoniously dumped off ours with just three votes. Congrats to Jason Giambi and Cliff Lee for each nailing down a vote.  Poor Nick Punto was shut out.

Next up is 1975. I have a feeling one of these guys might be to your liking.

Who belongs in the Half-Baked Hall?

  • Bob Gibson (28%, 13 Votes)
  • Harmon Killebrew (28%, 13 Votes)
  • Juan Marichal (28%, 13 Votes)
  • Sam McDowell (9%, 4 Votes)
  • Jim Perry (7%, 3 Votes)
  • Vada Pinson (0%, 0 Votes)
  • None of them! (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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Half-Baked Hall: 2014

Congratulations to Wade Boggs who unanimously was selected and I'm sure had some fried chicken to celebrate. Jim Abbott and Darryl Strawberry each garnered two votes and the rest were shut out.

Random.org has selected the cast of players that are going to be on next year's HOF ballot. Which is good because I know you're all dying to vote for Jetes!

For fun I included one of our dear friends on the ballot, who almost has as much career WAR as Adam Dunn (who I did not put on the ballot) despite hitting 443 fewer homers.

Who belongs in the Half-Baked Hall?

  • Derek Jeter (53%, 8 Votes)
  • Bobby Abreu (20%, 3 Votes)
  • None of them! (13%, 2 Votes)
  • Jason Giambi (7%, 1 Votes)
  • Cliff Lee (7%, 1 Votes)
  • Josh Beckett (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Nick Punto (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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WGOM Half-Baked Hall: 1999

In true half-baked fashion, I'm reviving the Half-Baked Hall and completely changing most of the format. I'm sad that it halted, and I just didn't have the energy to keep it going the way it was, and it appeared most of you didn't either. Hats off to NBB who posted a bio for George Kell 18 months ago, the last time this project was going. Coincidentally I'm sure, NBB posted his bio for Kell just a couple weeks before my daughter was born.

To recap, we have held votes for every year from the beginning of baseball through 1956. We finally broke the color barrier, electing Jackie Robinson. Lou Boudreau and Ralph Kiner each landed two-thirds of the vote, joining a bunch of players who are thus far on the outside looking in. We may relitigate some of these older players later, but for now I want to focus on the players that at least some of us watched play.

So now, the new format:

  • One year at a time, chosen by random.org
  • All players with 40 career WAR will be on the ballot, along with some others
  • There will still be time for discussion.
  • No more stats spreadsheet. You all know how to use baseball-reference.
  • Votes will no longer be via a Google form. I'll just post a poll on the site. As thus we won't have public ballots anymore.
  • Votes will now be just Yes or No.
  • 75% needed for election
  • Only one vote per ballot. Players who garner at least 40% of the vote will be tucked away for a later debate. If I recall, when each player got six ballots, we never had a player elected who didn't at least start with 40% of the vote.

Who belongs in the Half-Baked Hall?

  • Wade Boggs (78%, 14 Votes)
  • Jim Abbott (11%, 2 Votes)
  • Darryl Strawberry (11%, 2 Votes)
  • Chili Davis (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Willie McGee (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tony Phillips (0%, 0 Votes)
  • None of them! (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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