Will this year be yet another shut out for the Hall by the Baseball Writers Association of America, or will some of the hardline stances get soften a bit, which may result in some of the log jam that had been created getting cleared a bit?

Either way, it should be another interesting session to see how the voting will go.  This year, there are eight former Mets on the ballot.  This is Mike Piazza’s second year on the ballot, having gotten 57.8% of the vote a year ago.

Piazza is joined by seven others, all making their debuts on a Hall of Fame ballot;

Moises Alou:  Put together a pretty solid, if often injured 17-year career.  Made several trips to the All-Star Game, and even has a World Series ring with the 1997 Florida Marlins.  Nice player, but not a Hall of Famer.

Armando BenitezArmando Benitez:  Dominant closer during his prime for sure, but his prime was very short, and while the closer position and Hall of Fame candidacy is still an evolving process, it is still hard to justify Benitez’ case.  Even taking into account his performances in big spots as a Met, a case could be made for Benitez, but most likely it would be done years down the road by a veterans committee type of setup.

Tom Glavine:  Expect Glavine and Greg Maddux to be easy first ballot inductees.  While an easy argument can be made against Glavine due to ERA and stats away from Atlanta, it will be hard for voters (again assuming they’ve lessened the stance against “steroid era” players) to look past the 300 wins and two Cy Young Awards.

Jeff Kent:  Makes a strong case to be in greatest second basemen conversations.  Was the 2000 MVP, multiple-time All-Star and is very high in offensive categories for his position.  In any other time he’d probably would get in on the first try; but considering Craig Biggio seems to have been hit with backlash due to being Ken Caminiti’s teammate, not to mention a very unfriendly attitude towards the press, it is conceivable that Kent waits at least a year.

Paul Lo Duca:  Hard to justify his placement on the ballot.  Nice career with four All-Star Game selections, but clearly someone who will be hard pressed to get a vote or two mustered for.

Hideo Nomo:  Had a Mark Fydrich/Fernando Valenzuela type start to his career, but settled into a more journeyman type of pitcher.  Hard to see Nomo get much support beyond a pity vote or two.

Kenny Rogers:  Kind of amazing that the guy lasted for 20 seasons.  Had some good years, including four All-Star selections, the last of which coming as a 41 year old with the Tigers in 2006.  But his career was just a decent one, and not one of sheer dominance.  He’ll get consideration, but not much.

Per usual, being voted by 75% of the voters will result in an election, and a minimum of 5% will guarantee that the player will remain on the ballot next year.  The results will be announced on January 8th.

4 comments on “Former Mets on the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot

  • Name

    There’s a problem with the system when:
    -You don’t have to justify your vote
    -People don’t vote for players because they don’t want them to enter with 100%
    -People don’t vote for first-year players on “principle”
    -People give out pity votes.

    • Chris F

      Well put.

      • Name

        They are the Baseball WRTIER’S Association of America. Making each writer spell out the reasons for voting or not voting on a player would make it much more credible. Have a committee review each justification (before it is released to the public) and use a 3 strike system. Possibly throw out the entire ballot of one voter even if one justification is bogus?
        Using justifications would mean that you don’t need to vote on a player so long as opinions are unlikely to change much year to year. Maybe a player can be voted on years 1 and 2(in case someone comes out with a great justification in year 1 that sways a lot of other voters), then they have another chance at year 5,10, and 15 in case something is revealed that changes the opinion of the ballplayer.

        Make them do the research before voting is basically what i’m asking.

  • Matthew Cornwell

    Not sure I understand your Glavine comments. His ERA and stats away from Atlanta? His career ERA+ is 118 over 4,500 IP, which is way, way up into HOF stratosphere. His ERA+ from 2004-2007 with the Mets was 113. Also well above average, especially for a pitcher pushing 40.

    Despite what Mets fans want to believe (after the last game of the season in 2007), Glavine added to his HOF resume as a Met, pitching well above average more often than not.

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