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  • 2019 BBWAA HOF Ballots: Best and Worst

    2019 HOF Ballot Tracker

    As I did last year, I'll be scoring each public BBWAA HOF ballot by a simple rating system:
    • +1 point for each worthy player (IMO)
    • -1 point for each unworthy player (again IMO)
    • 0 points for each unacceptable blank spot on the ballot (i.e., one that could have gone to a worthy)
    • +1 point for each acceptable blank spot on the ballot (i.e., one that could not have gone to a worthy; voters lose one acceptable blank spot for each unworthy vote until no more remain; if there are more than 9 worthies, no blank spots are acceptable)
    The best and worst ballots by score will be listed here. I'll update this as more ballots come in. There are 18 worthies this year: Berkman, Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Helton, Jones, Kent, Martinez, Mussina, Oswalt, Pettitte, Ramirez, Rivera, Rolen, Schilling, Sheffield, Sosa, and Walker. So no acceptable blank spots!

    In [brackets] is each voter's average score among all X previous public BBWAA ballots (2009-2018).

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    Best ballots

    10: Mike Bass [6.25 in 8] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Kent, Martinez, Mussina, Rivera, Schilling, Sosa, Walker)
    10: Tim Booth [8.00 in 2] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Helton, Martinez, Mussina, Rivera, Rolen, Schilling, Walker)
    10: Mark Bradley [10.00 in 3] (Bonds, Clemens, Jones, Martinez, Mussina, Ramirez, Rivera, Rolen, Schilling, Walker)
    10: Dave Campbell [7.20 in 5] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Helton, Martinez, Mussina, Ramirez, Rivera, Schilling, Walker)
    10: Pat Caputo [4.86 in 7] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina, Ramirez, Rivera, Rolen, Schilling, Walker)
    10: Mark Carig [8.00 in 1] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina, Rivera, Schilling, Sheffield, Sosa, Walker)
    10: Joe Christensen [7.86 in 7] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina, Pettitte, Rivera, Rolen, Schilling, Sheffield)
    10: Brian Costa [1st public ballot] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina, Pettitte, Ramirez, Rivera, Schilling, Walker)
    10: Ken Davidoff [9.40 in 10] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Jones, Martinez, Mussina, Rivera, Rolen, Schilling, Walker)
    10: Ryan Divish [8.00 in 1] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Helton, Martinez, Mussina, Rivera, Rolen, Schilling, Walker)
    10: Josh Dubow [10.00 in 5] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina, Ramirez, Rivera, Rolen, Schilling, Walker)
    10: Ryan Fagan [10.00 in 2] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina, Ramirez, Rivera, Rolen, Schilling, Walker)
    10: Jeffrey Flanagan [6.83 in 6] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Jones, Martinez, Mussina, Ramirez, Rivera, Schilling, Walker)
    10: Jeff Fletcher [8.11 in 9] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina, Ramirez, Rivera, Schilling, Sheffield, Walker)
    10: Carlos Frias [7.20 in 5] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Helton, Martinez, Mussina, Ramirez, Rivera, Schilling, Sosa)
    10: Peter Gammons [6.78 in 9] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Helton, Martinez, Mussina, Rivera, Rolen, Schilling, Walker)
    10: Patrick Graham [7.00 in 2] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Helton, Martinez, Mussina, Rivera, Rolen, Schilling, Walker)
    10: Jeff Horrigan [8.40 in 5] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Helton, Martinez, Mussina, Ramirez, Rivera, Schilling, Walker)
    10: Alan Hoskins [6.50 in 4] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina, Oswalt, Pettitte, Rivera, Schilling, Sosa)
    10: Christina Kahrl [1st public ballot] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina, Rivera, Rolen, Sheffield, Sosa, Walker)
    10: Keith Law [1st public ballot] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Jones, Martinez, Mussina, Rivera, Rolen, Sheffield, Walker)
    10: Janie McCauley [9.00 in 2] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Helton, Martinez, Mussina, Ramirez, Rivera, Schilling, Walker)
    10: Sam Mellinger [10.00 in 2] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina, Ramirez, Rivera, Rolen, Schilling, Walker)
    10: Mark Newman [4.88 in 8] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina, Pettitte, Rivera, Rolen, Schilling, Walker)
    10: Eric Nuñez [10.00 in 4] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina, Ramirez, Rivera, Rolen, Schilling, Walker)
    10: Steve Politi [6.67 in 3] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina, Pettitte, Ramirez, Rivera, Schilling, Walker)
    10: Joe Posnanski [8.50 in 10] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Helton, Martinez, Mussina, Rivera, Rolen, Schilling, Walker)
    10: Scott Priestle [10.00 in 5] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Jones, Martinez, Mussina, Ramirez, Rivera, Schilling, Walker)
    10: Brendan Prunty [8.00 in 1] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Kent, Mussina, Pettitte, Ramirez, Rivera, Sheffield, Walker)
    10: Luis Rangel [8.00 in 1] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina, Ramirez, Rivera, Schilling, Sheffield, Sosa)
    10: C. Trent Rosecrans [10.00 in 4] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina, Ramirez, Rivera, Rolen, Schilling, Walker)
    10: Michael Silverman [9.13 in 8] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina, Ramirez, Rivera, Rolen, Schilling, Walker)
    10: Howard Sinker [1st public ballot] (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Jones, Kent, Martinez, Mussina, Ramirez, Rivera, Walker)

    Potential instances of wise tactical voting
    (none, apparently)

    Note that all 10-point ballots (33) included Bonds, Clemens, Mussina, and Rivera. This year we surpassed the total number of public 10-point ballots from last year (20).

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    Worst ballots

    2: Mel Antonen [5.00 in 8] (Halladay, Kent, Martinez, McGriff, Mussina, Rivera, Schilling, Vizquel, Wagner, Young)
    2: Murray Chass [1.00 in 7] (Martinez, Rivera)
    2: Paul Daugherty [3.14 in 7] (Halladay, Rivera)
    2: John Delcos [4.00 in 6] (Kent, Martinez, McGriff, Mussina, Rivera, Vizquel)
    2: Steve Dilbeck [1.50 in 2] (Halladay, Rivera)
    2: Randy Galloway [1.50 in 2] (Halladay, Martinez, Mussina, Rivera, Vizquel, Young)
    2: Dennis Georgatos [1st public ballot] (Berkman, Halladay, Helton, Martinez, McGriff, Mussina, Polanco, Rivera, Vizquel, Wagner)
    2: Mark Gonzales [4.40 in 10] (Halladay, Kent, Martinez, Rivera, Vizquel, Wagner)
    2: Teddy Greenstein [2.43 in 7] (Halladay, Martinez, Rivera, Vizquel, Wagner, Walker)
    2: Paul Gutierrez [4.40 in 5] (Halladay, Kent, Martinez, McGriff, Rivera, Vizquel)
    2: Michael Hunt [2.33 in 3] (Martinez, Rivera)
    2: Marc Katz [3.00 in 4] (Halladay, Martinez, McGriff, Rivera, Sheffield, Vizquel)
    2: Ron Kroichick [3.43 in 7] (Kent, Mussina, Rivera, Vizquel)
    2: Bill Madden [3.14 in 7] (Halladay, Kent, Martinez, McGriff, Polanco, Rivera, Schilling, Vizquel)
    2: Steven Marcus [1.43 in 7] (Martinez, Rivera)
    2: Hal McCoy [3.00 in 6] (Martinez, McGriff, Mussina, Rivera, Rolen, Vizquel, Wagner, Walker)
    2: Marty Noble [1.00 in 7] (Halladay, Jones, Kent, McGriff, Rivera, Wagner)
    2: Constantino Viloria [1st public ballot] (Kent, Martinez, McGriff, Mussina, Rivera, Schilling, Tejada, Vizquel)
    2: Gregg Wong [5.75 in 4] (Martinez, Mussina, Rivera, Vizquel)

    1: Hal Bodley [1.50 in 8] (Halladay, Martinez, McGriff, Rivera, Vizquel)
    1: Ron Cook [4.00 in 2] (Rivera)
    1: Bill Hartman [1.00 in 1] (Berkman, Kent, McGriff, Rivera, Vizquel, Wagner, Walker)
    1: Ann Killion [1.50 in 6] (Halladay, Martinez, McGriff, Rivera, Vizquel)
    1: Paul Ladewski [1.00 in 1] (Rivera)
    1: Randy Miller [2.00 in 6] (Halladay, Martinez, McGriff, Rivera, Vizquel, Wagner, Walker)
    1: Mark Purdy [1.57 in 7] (Martinez, Rivera, Vizquel)
    1: Christian Red [1st public ballot] (Halladay, Martinez, McGriff, Rivera, Vizquel)
    1: Dan Shaughnessy [2.75 in 8] (Rivera)
    1: Mike Waldner [1.33 in 3] (Rivera)

    0: Hirokazu Higuchi [2.00 in 3] (McGriff, Mussina, Rivera, Vizquel)
    0: Alan Robinson [2.50 in 4] (McGriff, Rivera)
    0: Dick Scanlon [0.75 in 4] (Halladay, McGriff, Rivera, Vizquel)

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    Greatest improvement in score from 2018 to 2019

    Art Davidson: +5 pts (3 to 8)
    2018 (3 pts): Guerrero, Hoffman, A. Jones, C. Jones, Schilling, Thome, Vizquel
    2019 (8 pts): Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina, Rivera, Schilling, Walker

    Jorge Ebro: +5 pts (3 to 8)
    2018 (3 pts): Guerrero, Hoffman, A. Jones, C. Jones, Martinez, Thome, Vizquel
    2019 (8 pts): Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Jones, Martinez, Mussina, Rivera, Schilling, Sosa, Vizquel

    Alan Eskew: +5 pts (3 to 8)
    2018 (3 pts): Bonds, Damon, Hoffman, A. Jones, C. Jones, Mussina, Ramirez, Thome, Vizquel
    2019 (8 pts): Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina, Ramirez, Rivera, Schilling, Sosa, Vizquel


    Greatest decrease in score from 2018 to 2019

    Howard Ulman: -5 pts (8 to 3)
    2018 (8 pts): Bonds, Clemens, Guerrero, Hoffman, C. Jones, Martinez, Mussina, Schilling, Thome, Walker
    2019 (3 pts): Halladay, Martinez, McGriff, Mussina, Rivera, Schilling, Vizquel, Wagner, Walker

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    Average score of all public 2019 ballots as of 2/5/19, 19:45 EST = 6.14 (357 ballots)
    Average score of all private 2019 ballots as of 2/5/19, 19:45 EST = 4.93 (68 ballots)
    Average score of all 2019 ballots = 5.95 (425 ballots)

    Average score of all public 2018 ballots = 5.75 (317 ballots)
    Average score of all private 2018 ballots = 3.96 (105 ballots)
    Average score of all 2018 ballots = 5.30 (422 ballots)

    Average score of all public ballots from 2009-2018 = 5.43 (2131 ballots)
    Average of annual average score of all public ballots for 2009-2018 = 4.57 (2.13, 3.02, 3.04, 2.37, 3.79, 6.60, 7.72, 5.63, 5.65, 5.75)

    2019 scoring spreadsheet
    Last edited by Nerdlinger; 02-06-2019, 02:46 PM.
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  • #2
    I read at the Hall of Miller and Eric that Bill Madden dumped his annual colon cleansing on the Hall. Insufferable. They had a lot of fun with Jon Heyman's ballot, too.

    As far as your system goes, I don't quite understand your un/acceptable blank spot thing. With 18 worthies on this year's ballot, there's no such thing as an "acceptable" blank spot because a voter has 10 spots and 18 choices to fill them, right? So shouldn't a voter with any blank spots this year be docked for each? Am I missing something here?
    "It is a simple matter to erect a Hall of Fame, but difficult to select the tenants." -- Ken Smith
    "I am led to suspect that some of the electorate is very dumb." -- Henry P. Edwards
    "You have a Hall of Fame to put people in, not keep people out." -- Brian Kenny
    "There's no such thing as a perfect ballot." -- Jay Jaffe

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Chadwick View Post
      I read at the Hall of Miller and Eric that Bill Madden dumped his annual colon cleansing on the Hall. Insufferable. They had a lot of fun with Jon Heyman's ballot, too.

      As far as your system goes, I don't quite understand your un/acceptable blank spot thing. With 18 worthies on this year's ballot, there's no such thing as an "acceptable" blank spot because a voter has 10 spots and 18 choices to fill them, right? So shouldn't a voter with any blank spots this year be docked for each? Am I missing something here?
      Unacceptable blank spots are worth 0 points, so that's what everyone gets for each one. I figure omitting a worthy player is not as bad as including an unworthy player.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Nerdlinger View Post
        Unacceptable blank spots are worth 0 points, so that's what everyone gets for each one. I figure omitting a worthy player is not as bad as including an unworthy player.
        The inclusion of an unworthy player is de facto the omission of a worthy player. Not voting for a worthy player retards the ability of worthy players to be elected and is a net negative on the process.
        Better to make it -1 and -2 rather than 0 and -1. My two cents.
        "It is a simple matter to erect a Hall of Fame, but difficult to select the tenants." -- Ken Smith
        "I am led to suspect that some of the electorate is very dumb." -- Henry P. Edwards
        "You have a Hall of Fame to put people in, not keep people out." -- Brian Kenny
        "There's no such thing as a perfect ballot." -- Jay Jaffe

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        • #5
          I totally approve of and agree with Josh Dubow's ballot: (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina, Ramirez, Rivera, Rolen, Schilling, Walker)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Chadwick View Post
            The inclusion of an unworthy player is de facto the omission of a worthy player. Not voting for a worthy player retards the ability of worthy players to be elected and is a net negative on the process.
            Better to make it -1 and -2 rather than 0 and -1. My two cents.
            I wanted the scale to run from 10 at the best to -10 at the worst. In any case, a 1/0/-1 system is the same as a 3/2/1 system, just as a 1/-1/-2 system is the same as a 4/2/1 system. Whether the actual score given is a negative number or not doesn't really matter.
            Last edited by Nerdlinger; 12-08-2018, 05:59 AM.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by NJRob65 View Post
              I totally approve of and agree with Josh Dubow's ballot: (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina, Ramirez, Rivera, Rolen, Schilling, Walker)
              All of those are worthy candidates, but Manny isn't going to gain traction unless Bonds/Clemens are elected and Walker won't be elected by the BBWAA before his clock runs out. I'd replace them with Todd Helton and Andruw Jones who (a) need the votes more and (b) have a better chance at election by the BBWAA going forward. But Dubow's ballot is how I see the 10 most deserving candidates in 2019.
              "It is a simple matter to erect a Hall of Fame, but difficult to select the tenants." -- Ken Smith
              "I am led to suspect that some of the electorate is very dumb." -- Henry P. Edwards
              "You have a Hall of Fame to put people in, not keep people out." -- Brian Kenny
              "There's no such thing as a perfect ballot." -- Jay Jaffe

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              • #8
                Originally posted by NJRob65 View Post
                I totally approve of and agree with Josh Dubow's ballot: (Bonds, Clemens, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina, Ramirez, Rivera, Rolen, Schilling, Walker)
                Swap Rivera for A-Jones and that's my ballot as well.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by pedrosrotatorcuff View Post

                  Swap Rivera for A-Jones and that's my ballot as well.
                  May I assume that you are taking out Rivera because you know he's getting elected anyway?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dwj21792 View Post

                    May I assume that you are taking out Rivera because you know he's getting elected anyway?
                    Of course. It's just a formality at this point; someone has to stick up for the "little guy" while the mainstreamers usher in the slam-dunks.

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                    • #11
                      I find this whole exercise a bit presumptuous. There are players about whom there is wide agreement but listing deeply controversial candidates as obviously "worthy" (as if there is no question about them or their role in the process) makes this something more akin to people just listing their personal preferences, something which we already have multiple threads devoted to.

                      The only ballots that deserve real condemnation are any that list fewer than 7-8 names.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Los Bravos View Post
                        I find this whole exercise a bit presumptuous. There are players about whom there is wide agreement but listing deeply controversial candidates as obviously "worthy" (as if there is no question about them or their role in the process) makes this something more akin to people just listing their personal preferences, something which we already have multiple threads devoted to.

                        The only ballots that deserve real condemnation are any that list fewer than 7-8 names.
                        Any such judgment of best and worst or worthy and unworthy is inherently subjective. That's why I wrote "IMO". ;-)
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                        • #13
                          Okay. As long as you know that, it's all pretty much cool. I just wanted to get on the record about it.
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                          • #14
                            Happy to see Bill Livingston has voluntarily removed himself from the election process after the backlash he got last year. Livingston is the Cleveland-based reporter who voted only for Thome and Vizquel last year. I suppose it would have been even more difficult to justify a one-player ballot this year. Glad to see one voter doing the right thing.
                            "It is a simple matter to erect a Hall of Fame, but difficult to select the tenants." -- Ken Smith
                            "I am led to suspect that some of the electorate is very dumb." -- Henry P. Edwards
                            "You have a Hall of Fame to put people in, not keep people out." -- Brian Kenny
                            "There's no such thing as a perfect ballot." -- Jay Jaffe

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Chadwick View Post
                              Happy to see Bill Livingston has voluntarily removed himself from the election process after the backlash he got last year. Livingston is the Cleveland-based reporter who voted only for Thome and Vizquel last year. I suppose it would have been even more difficult to justify a one-player ballot this year. Glad to see one voter doing the right thing.
                              The right thing would have been to vote responsibly rather than giving up his vote.
                              *** Submit your personal HOF as your ballot for the Single Ballot BBF Hall of Fame! *** Also: Buck the Fraves!

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