With the Hall of Fame election results set to be announced Tuesday, plenty of writers have started publishing their ballots online and giving thoughtful reasoning for their selections. While many have voted in ways I cannot comprehend, even after reading articles in which they explain their process, I respect them for their ability to be open and honest about their voting habits, as it’s not only a right, but a responsibility.
I am not a member of the BBWAA, nor am I a member of the IBWAA. I do not have a Hall of Fame vote that counts for anything. However, let’s pretend I do.
In the spirit of being accountable and attaching your name to a ballot, I’d like to go ahead and pretend for a second that my opinions are with those who matter and have any bearing on what happens Tuesday.
You may not agree with my selections, but that’s not the point of this exercise. This article is written so you understand why I vote the way I choose, and hopefully that becomes a common practice in the near future. So, without further ado, I present my 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.
Arguably the greatest player of all time.
Arguably one of the five best pitchers of all time.
Aside from having one of the most unique stances at the plate that I’ve ever seen, Bagwell was one of the most dynamic first basemen in baseball history. Not only did he hit 449 home runs, he also stole 202 bases and had pair of seasons with 40 home runs and 30 stolen bases.
Bagwell won the Rookie of the Year in 1991 and the MVP in the strike-shortened 1994 season, in which he hit 39 home runs in just 110 games and compiled a ridiculous 1.201 OPS. He also drew 1401 walks, leading to a .408 career on-base percentage. From 1993-2002, Bagwell had one season with a sub-.900 OPS (.894 in 1995). His .948 OPS for his career ranks 21st all time.