Category Archives: WGOM Half-Baked Hall

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.

Bert Blyleven

Jesse Barfield

Gary Carter

Jack Clark

Brian Downing

Pedro Guerrero

Carney Lansford

Willie Randolph

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).


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. 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
  • 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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Half-Baked Hall: 1957-1963 Ballot

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.

Negro Leaguer

Buck Leonard (DPWY)

Final Ballot


Returning Players

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)

New Hitters

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)

New Pitchers

Dizzy Trout (Beau)
Bob Lemon (Beau)
Virgil Trucks (canofcorn)
Murry Dickson (philosofer)
Don Newcombe (bhiggum)
Ned Garver (philosofer)
Early Wynn (Scot)


Half-Baked Hall: 1956 Results

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

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Are you interested in doing a write up on a Negro League Player?

  • Yes (67%, 4 Votes)
  • No (33%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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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%)



Half-Baked Hall: 1951-1956

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...

Final Ballot

Bill Terry

Returning Players

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)

New Hitters

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)

New Pitchers

Harry Breechen (Scot)
Bob Feller (freealonzo)
Dutch Leonard (nibbish)
Hal Newhouser (bhiggum)
Bobo Newsom (New Britain Bo)