'Tis the season of absurd hall of fame arguments and I'm just curious if anyone has any grandiose opinions on this subject. Jack Morris for example is a solid pitcher but unremarkable except for a few particular games in the 1991 postseason; yet he seems on track for election. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens; 2 of the 10 best players of all time are on this ballot for the second year, beyond all potential reasoning (75% is required for election, each received less than 40% last year.
Curt Schilling, of Video Games fame, is on this ballot and was a damn good pitcher; but he was also kind of a douche, I imagine if people liked him more he'd have gone in first or second ballot. Douche-factor is an incredibly valid piece of reasoning when considering a player's on the field activities.
Frank Thomas, my favorite player of all time, is on this ballot and will probably get like 72% or something this year just to spite me. I don't give a fuck about steroids but if it helps Frank get elected he was the only player to voluntarily participate in the famed Mitchell report of legends; mayhap the anti-steroid sentiment is strong enough to propel Frank to well deserved first-ballotdom. He was the Albert Pujols of the 90s with just an incredible peak and then perpetual injuries afterward.
Really, aside from the first ever Hall of Fame year this is the most loaded class ever because of rigorous anti-steroid and "steroid-suspicion" biases. No one was elected last year despite a dozen or so viable candidates, so this year there's 17 or 18 viable candidates. The maximum a BBWAA (Baseball Writers) ballot can hold is 10 candidates, but a lot of these guys are old and quite retarded so they'll probably only vote for 5 or something.
Greg Maddux is not quite as good as Clemens but also has no ties to steroids and is a top 6 or 7 starting pitcher, and maybe the all-time great "soft tosser;" but since Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Rickey Henderson, Cal Ripken, and Tom Seaver didn't get 100% of the vote neither will he. If anything he might only get like 95% of the vote or something absurdly low for a player of this caliber. People are turning in blank ballots as protest of the Steroid era. He's also quite low in terms of douche-factor all time, and this ballot is loaded with douche-factor champions such as Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent, Roger Clemens, and the aforementioned Schilling.
Sean Casey, perhaps the nicest man to ever live on the planet, is also on this ballot; can lack of douchiness propel him to the Hall of Fame despite terrible numbers? Certainly not, but that won't stop old people from voting for Jack Morris.