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.
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
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.