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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We're now entering the part of the ballot that gets perhaps somewhat trickier, as a lot of the players lost time due to being in the Negro Leagues, being at war, or both. So when you look at Ted Williams and debating whether or not he qualifies, remember he lost five years to war.
We've also got our first Negro League only player on a ballot. Dread Pirate will do the honors this time.
Buck Leonard (DPWY)
Lou Boudreau (2nd), Ralph Kiner (2nd), Ted Lyons, Joe Gordon (3rd), Wes Ferrell (5th), Joe Medwick (3rd), Red Ruffing (3rd), Dizzy Dean (3rd), Ernie Lombardi (3rd), Lefty Gomez (3rd), Bobby Doerr (2nd)
George Kell (New Britain Bo)
Roy Campanella (yickit)
Pee Wee Reese (nibbish)
Enos Slaughter (freealonzo)
Larry Doby (yickit)
Ted Williams (freealonzo)
Al Dark (canofcorn)
Gil McDougald (nibbish)
Richie Ashburn (Scot)
Stan Musial (New Britain Bo)
Gil Hodges (DPWY)
Red Schoendienst (bhiggum)
Dizzy Trout (Beau)
Bob Lemon (Beau)
Virgil Trucks (canofcorn)
Murry Dickson (philosofer)
Don Newcombe (bhiggum)
Ned Garver (philosofer)
Early Wynn (Scot)
Now that Jackie Robinson has been elected, I wanted to check in with you guys on your interest in considering Negro League players. If people were interested they could volunteer to do a write-up on a player (that they would want to vote for) and they could be added to the ballot. Either a special Negro League ballot or we could just add them sporadically as we go along.
Are you interested in voting on Negro League Players?
Yes (83%, 5 Votes)
No (17%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 6
Are you interested in doing a write up on a Negro League Player?
Yes (67%, 4 Votes)
No (33%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 6
It's been pretty white up in here until now. Not only did Jackie Robinson do good, he is our only unanimous inductee for this ballot.
Dimaggio skates in with 94% of the vote. Hey, he wasn't Ted Williams.
Steak, brown rice, black beans, guacamole, cheese, hot salsa, and 94% of the vote.
With 83% of the vote, I would say that's game, set, match.
The electorate was clearly on the side of clearly very talented. At least 83% of us were.
Is that Joseph Gordon-Levitt with 83% of the vote? Anyway, Gabby gets in on his fourth ballot.
Below you'll find plaques for those votes in last time. Thanks hungry joe!
Staying On The Ballot
Boudreau and Kiner have nice debuts which will likely get them elected. Joe Gordon makes the biggest leap, crossing that coveted 50% line. Nearly everyone else drops.
Lou Boudreau (67%)
Ralph Kiner (67%)
Ted Lyons (67%) +2
Joe Gordon (56%) +11
Wes Ferrell (44%) -6
Joe Medwick (44%) -11
Red Ruffing (44%) -6
Dizzy Dean (39%) -11
Ernie Lombardi (39%) -1
Lefty Gomez (33%) -12
Bobby Doerr (28%)
Falling off the Ballot
Bill Terry came close at times and made his final ballot push but just didn't impress enough of us to get in. Meanwhile Bob Johnson who I have a soft spot for sputtered out, as did Stan Hack.
The legendary Phil Rizzuto did not impress and is promptly booted before anyone even had a chance to do a write-up on him.
Bill Terry (61%) +11
Bob Johnson (33%) -7
Stan Hack (22%) -13
Dutch Leonard (17%)
Charlie Keller (11%)
Bobo Newsom (11%)
Phil Rizzuto (11%)
Bob Elliott (6%)
Eddie Stanky (6%)
Harry Brecheen (0%)
Bill Nichsolon (0%)
Vern Stephens (0%)
So you may have heard recently about this guy in the news named Jackie Robinson. As it turns out, he was a pretty decent player and shows up on this ballot. And philosofer was randomly assigned to finding something to write about the guy. Good luck, dude.
Also, last chance to vote for...
Wes Ferrell (4th), Gabby Hartnett (4th), Bob Johnson (3rd), Ted Lyons (2nd), Joe Medwick (2nd), Dizzy Dean (2nd), Red Ruffing (2nd), Joe Gordon (2nd), Ernie Lombardi (2nd), Lefty Gomez (2nd), Stan Hack (2nd)
Lou Boudreau (Beau)
Joe Dimaggio (daneekasghost)
Bobby Doerr (CanofCorn)
Bob Elliott (DPWY)
Charlie Keller (CanofCorn)
Ralph Kiner (freealonzo)
Johnny Mize (yickit)
Bill Nicholson (nibbish)
Phil Rizzuto (yickit)
Jackie Robinson (philosofer)
Eddie Stanky (daneekasghost)
Vern Stephens (Beau)
Harry Breechen (Scot)
Bob Feller (freealonzo)
Dutch Leonard (nibbish)
Hal Newhouser (bhiggum)
Bobo Newsom (New Britain Bo)