Give the Voters a Little Bit of Credit
Earlier in the week I compared the careers of Fred McGriff and Sammy Sosa. The contributions to their teams were nearly identical. Given these facts I have to give the voters some credit today. McGriff received 47 more hall-of-fame votes than Sosa. Considering they were near equals as players the 47 extra votes for Crime Dog could be viewed as bonus points for “playing clean”.
Of course I can not explain Kenny Lofton falling off the ballot after one year. 18 votes for Lofton is disgraceful. His career value is on par with Andre Dawson, Richie Ashburn and Max Carey. Should these three guys be removed from the Hall?
The bigger question is are we at a more permanent level of smaller hall? With all-time greats like Alan Trammell and Lofton dropping like flies it’s a fair question.