Yes, I have been enjoying my January. I've just been busy, haven't had much to write about and haven't picked up many cards. Today, however, we finally reach something I know I can write about. Hall of Fame Nominations.
We are one or two years away from some truly big guns hitting the Hall of Fame ballot. Next year Adrian Beltre is eligible. The year after Ichiro Suzuki and C.C. Sabathia are eligible. Eventually we're gonna get years where Buster Posey, Albert Pujols, Dustin Pedroia, Yadier Molina and Matt Holliday hit the ballot. So we can excuse this era we're in now, where a lot of the sure things are guys that have been overlooked on previous ballots.
The biggest addition to the ballot this year is Carlos Beltran, and while he is, begrudgingly, a Hall of Famer, the last year of his career is clouded by cheating the likes of which has not been seen on a HOF ballot since...a month ago in the Veterans vote. So honestly, I'm still toying with whether or not he goes on my unofficial ballot. As usual, I'm playing by BBWAA rules, allowing myself up to 10 names, and being serious enough about what qualifies a Hall of Famer. My thinking is 'can the story of baseball be told fully without this player?'. And, as a follow-up, 'did this player cheat in any way, and how did it affect their career impact?'.
Suffice to say, I've got some names. Whether they get in this year or not is another thing entirely, but i've got some names. Here, in alphabetical order, are those names on my unofficial ballot, and why I think they deserve at least a look.