Anyways... today's post is going to be short and sweet. In about a week and a half, we'll find out who made the cut to Cooperstown. As a baseball fan, I figured I'd post my personal picks even though my opinion doesn't count for squat.
Being a "small hall" kind of guy, this year I'm going to limit my pics to the three "no brainers" on the ballot:
#1: Barry Bonds
2002 Sweet Spot Signatures #BB
Bonds is my first no-brainer. He's the best hitter I've ever personally seen enter the batter's box. In an effort to keep this post a reasonable length, I won't be getting into the PED debate. My opinion has wavered over the years, but it hasn't changed since 2018. If you're curious, you can read my opinion on the issue here.
#2: Roger Clemens
2015 Orem Owlz Signed Bobblehead
I've never been a fan of Clemens, but my vote (that doesn't count) is based solely on his contributions to his teammates and franchise. The Baseball Writers' Association of America voted him the best pitcher in his league seven times. That's enough for me to consider him a no-brainer.
#3: Derek Jeter
1999 Bowman's Best Mirror Image Refractor #M3
As much as I dislike the New York Yankees, I truly admire how Jeter played the game. He was the face of the hallowed franchise for two decades and his numbers are without a doubt Cooperstown worthy. If Mariano received 100% last year, Jeter should this year.
What about you?
Who'd receive your HOF vote this year?
If my vote actually counted and I had a few more minutes left in my lunch break, then I'd actually sit down and look at a few other guys I think will eventually get in. But on this "minimum day" Thursday, I'm going to minimize the length of this post.
Happy Thursday and sayonara!