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Let me first explain the type of Hall of Fame voter that I am. I will never vote for suspected steroid users, and I am more in favor of a “Small Hall” rather than the “Hall of Very Good.”
I’ve never actually been to the MLB Hall of Fame, but if there isn’t, I do believe there should be a section in the Hall of Fame to document the steroid era because it is part of the game — even if it’s a bad part.
But I’m not about to award players who knowingly did something wrong and cheated the game. Not only that, but they hurt players who were trying to play the game clean during that time, and that’s the biggest crime in my book.
And I love that the MLB Hall of Fame is very hard to get into; although that’s been changing over the past couple of years with all of these other committees that just vote their friends in.
But on my ballot I’m always going to vote for those who I think are the greatest of all-time in our game.
With that, my 2020 mock MLB Hall of Fame ballot only includes two names…
Jeter is obvious and will get in easily, the only question will be whether or not he gets 100 percent of the vote.
Andruw is the one that will be controversial, but allow me to explain.
First, as I said earlier, I grew up a Braves fan so I’m a little biased. But I also believe he’s the best defensive center fielder of at least the past decade if not of all-time.
And if Ozzie Smith gets in simply for being the best defensive shortstop of all-time, then Andruw should be in for the same reason.
Jones won 10 straight Gold Glove awards and finished with 434 home runs. I think some people remember his end and not the 10 years when he was one of the best players in the game.
Schilling was very close to making my list, and I wouldn’t be upset if he got in. But I think he was a good pitcher with a couple of moments of greatness.
Still, I wouldn’t be upset if he got in.
In the end, I think Jeter is the only player who gets voted in for the 2020 class. And that’s probably the way it should be. Let us know in the comments below who you think gets in this year.