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Lance Berkman was the second best switch hitter of his era behind Chipper Jones. He finished his career as arguably one of the best switch hitters in the history of the game. That leads me to a question my editor asked me; “Brad, do you think that Berkman is a Hall of Famer?”  The answer is no I don’t think he is.  I wouldn’t begrudge him a courteous vote or 10, but he’s a guy who may not even make it to his second ballot.

Todd Helton was the heart and soul of the Colorado Rockies, and if that were enough to be elected to the HOF he would be a first ballot guy without a doubt. His numbers may be aided by playing in the rare air of Denver, but to consistently put up the numbers he did was impressive. I cannot give him a vote for the HOF most years, but if I were at only 6-7 players on my list Helton would be a good choice for a courtesy vote just to say thank you for the memories.

Vlad Guererro was the most dominating batter I’ve seen play, and his arm was reminiscent of Roberto Clemente when Vlad was still in Montreal, but age was not kind to him as it is cruel to a lot of us (as I run my hand over the top of my head where I used to have hair). Normally I link you to stats, but in this case I think this commercial says it all Sadly for me as he is a personal favorite of mine Vlad doesn’t make the HOF simply due to longevity.

Michael Young is the all-time leader in games played and hits for the Texas Rangers, and was an amazing asset at second, third, and shortstop for them over the years, also filling in at first base and DH while maintaining a magnificent bat.  He didn’t play long enough however to merit the Hall either in my eyes. But like Berkman, if he makes the second ballot that will be a great honor and he’d be very deserving.

Andy Pettitte is this generation’s Jack Morris.  The numbers are insanely close. Both won a lot of games and both won huge games. Morris had bigger performances. Pettitte was more consistent throughout his career from beginning to end. But a lot has changed in the way that athletes take care of themselves from the 70s through the end of the 2013 season and Pettitte’s stats were also aided by this guy named Mariano Rivera, who received his own blogs this year and last. So like Helton earlier, I could only give Pettitte a courtesy vote if there were only six or seven worthy contenders. I just don’t see that happening.

Roy Halladay was a dominating force at the top of his rotations in both the American and National Leagues.  He’s won the Cy Young in both leagues, won 20 games in both leagues, and authored the second post season no hitter in the history of the game. I may get some to argue with me, but I don’t see him as a Hall of Famer either. I think leaving him out of the HOF is questionable, and if he makes it I wouldn’t be upset at all, but Halladay would not get my vote.  No 3000 K’s, no 300 wins, and I’ve not come on board fully with devoting myself to the advanced to elect someone over the raw numbers — though I appreciate it more and more every year.

If you have a case for any of these players or would just like to talk about your memories of these players please feel free.  I would love to read your opinions and views.  Thanks, and I promise no bean balls as long as you are respectful.

Of the recent retirees, who do you think belongs in the Hall of Fame?

  • Todd Helton (29%, 2 Votes)
  • Roy Halladay (29%, 2 Votes)
  • Brad is right, none of the above belong. (29%, 2 Votes)
  • Vlad Guerrero (14%, 1 Votes)
  • Lance Berkman (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Michael Young (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Andy Pettitte (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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9 Responses to Charging the mound with Brad – Volume 4

  • Andy says:

    There are a lot of borderline Hall guys on this list. Without digging into a ton of research the one guy I think I’d disagree on is Halladay. If he wasn’t the best in the game during a 10 year stretch of his career, he was damn close for eight of those seasons. I think those metrics you cited with 300 wins and 3,000 strikeouts are going to have to change now that Maddux and Glavine are gone. It’s going to be really hard to reach them in today’s era. Halladay was great. I’m a yes.

  • Brad says:

    Please change that to charging the mound not mount, and please add none of the above

  • I’m going with Vlad. I understood why you personally chose not to let him in, but I felt if I had to pick one, he’s got the strongest cast and the best numbers. Everyone else is in the reeeeallllyyy good but not great category.

  • Brad says:

    Of all of those players I love Vlad the most, but when you look at Vlad in 95 and Vlad in 05 it’s harder and harder for me to not see some Sammy steroid, which may also have accounted for his quick demise?

    I’m with Andy that if I had to pick one guy I’d say Halladay because he did dominate, but he wasn’t better than David Cone, Ron Guidry, Dwight Gooden or Orel Hersheiser. He was only slightly better than Mark Gubicza, Jimmy Key, Dave Stieb and Jose Rijo.

    I loved those guys too but wouldn’t put them in the HOF.

  • Brad says:

    I think we need blood on that baseball for my next one. I’m going head hunting

  • Andy says:

    Mark Gubicza? Are you serious? Gubicza was a sub-.500 pitcher with one sub 3.00 era and a handful of ok seasons. Please at least tell me you meant Bret Saberhagen, who was at least great every other year.

    I question your list big time, buit comparing Gubicza to Halladay… no way.

  • Brad says:

    I was just picking on you Andy. Thinking of the Aldrich Baseball league and my amazing starting staffs.

    Glavine, Rijo, Gubicza, Sid Fernandez, and David Cone…

  • Brad says:

    but Gubicza was a much better pitcher than you are giving him credit for.

  • Andy says:

    He was alright – not saying he didn’t belong in the majors. But he was still a sub-.500 career pitcher with a handful of good seasons versus a guy in Halladay who had two handfuls of borderline great to dominant seasons… I was amused by your comparison, whether you were razzing me or not.

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