As discussed, last year I didn't wanna make one of these. This year, it's practically inevitable.
As the ballot fills up with more and more people who are either steroid abusers or just too wholly unspectacular to be Hall of Famers to me, it becomes harder to really craft a good selection of players, even if this post doesn't actually mean anything. And if I were to go for all 10, which I honestly doubt that I will, I'd be reaching on more than half. Next year we at least have the promise of an interesting conversation with Carlos Beltran, with a great career whose last section is tainted by cheating as a member of the Astros, and the 2024 ballot is CHOCK FULL of interesting Hall of Fame cases, including but not limited to Joe Mauer, Matt Holliday, David Wright, Jose Bautista, Adrian Gonzalez, Chase Utley and...sweet, sweet Bartolo Colon.
But until then. A lot of reaching. A lot of 'why not him'. And a year where three people who took steroids might sneak into the Hall of Fame. Because...who the hell opposes them?
As per usual, this post is my selections for a HOF ballot if I was given the opportunity to make one. Like the regular ballot, I'm allowed up to ten selections, I don't think the max is gonna be a problem this year. And I'll briefly explain my case for these guys, and whether they actually have any chance of getting in.