The IBWAA ballot; or, how I voted for the Hall of Fame

National Baseball Hall of FameSince I wrote purely from an observer’s position, I was content to let my previous writings on this season’s Hall of Fame voting stand for themselves. But in the interim I was made a life member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, which conducts its own Hall of Fame ballot every year. My membership came just in time to have such a vote myself.

This vote, of course, is purely symbolic outside the IBWAA itself. Even if there are those in the mainstream press who actually pay attention to the balloting, sometimes using those results as one barometer toward gauging how the Baseball Writers Association of America vote might result. The day may come when the IBWAA vote is included in the ultimate tally that elects Hall of Famers. May.

"This is Un-Stinking-Believable . . . "

When push came to shove, if you want to call it that, and it came time to stand tall for induction, Barry Larkin was the one moved to tears and Ron Santo’s widow, who admitted to working through tears forming her talk, stood more composed.

No knock on either one of them. The best shortstop you almost never heard of in the 1990s, usually remembered as a very reserved fellow, almost exploded in launching his Hall of Fame acceptance speech. “This,” he purred, “is un-stinking-believable.”

The Hall of Fame Ballot: The Holdovers

Yesterday I had a look at the freshman class on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot. Today I have a look at the holdovers from last year, several of whom are making only their second appearances on the ballot, at least one of whom should have been elected on his first try last year, and at least one of whom is being kept out of the Hall of Fame somewhat unfairly. I’ll begin with that man, for all the good it will do.