The complete ballot (x-first time eligible): x-Jim Abbott, Bert Blyleven, x-Wade Boggs, x-Tom Candiotti, Dave Concepcion, x-Chili Davis, Andre Dawson, Steve Garvey, Rich Gossage, Tommy John, x-Mark Langston, Don Mattingly, x-Jack McDowell, x-Willie McGee, x-Jeff Montgomery, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, x-Otis Nixon, Dave Parker, x-Tony Phillips, Jim Rice, Ryne Sandberg, Lee Smith, x-Terry Steinbach, x-Darryl Strawberry, Bruce Sutter, Alan Trammell.
On a side note, Tom Cheek, a long-time Jays broadcaster, one of the nicest people you could ever meet, who has recently been ill, has made the short list of nominees for the Ford C. Frick award for a broadcaster who has made an outstanding contribution to the game.
He made the call on Carter's WS winning walk-off homer. His call is in Jackal's sig (but don't hold that against him).
Fans determine which broadcasters make it down to the final 2.
Please click here and cast your vote for Tom Cheek. All-around good guy, great broadcaster and friend to baseball.
Otis Nixon?? How is he on the ballot?? Anyway I believe D. Murphy and Sandberg deserve there place in the Hall. I might be a little partial to Murphy though. He was the 1 bright spot for me growing up a braves fan.
I think the interesting person on the ballot is Jim Abbott. His career stats are very poor for a guy with two arms, but for a one-handed player, he was a stud. I venture that Jim Abbott will get a good share of sympathy votes (around 30% of ballots), and that this year is his only chance to make the Hall.
Personally, I think Boggs and Mattingly make it in this year. Donny Ballgame's only problem is that he played for the Yankees in their down years.
The thing keeping Dale Murphy out of the Hall is the fact that he didn't catch on as a catcher for long enough to actually go in as a catcher. If he played 5 years at backstop, he'd be a lock, IMO.