The Last Ballot Update of 2017

We’ve been talking about the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot for almost two months now. For reasons I can’t ascertain this year’s class was not announced during the first week of January, as is traditionally the case. Instead, the announcement will come tomorrow at 6 pm on MLB Network. If like me you don’t have…

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Ballot Check in #5: We Approach the Edge of Knowledge

Since our last check-in, Ryan Thibodaux has collected 25 more ballots.  These voters have largely reflected a different thought process about the Hall of Fame than most of the prior 164 voters. For example, blogger Murray Chass wrote on Sunday that he submitted a blank ballot. This trend has reduced the percentages of nearly every player…

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Ballot Check-in #4: We know what we are, but know not what we may be

The Baseball HOF class will be announced two weeks from today. According to our friend and HOF-ballot-collecting-savant Ryan Thibodaux there are 164 known ballots at this point. Thibodaux estimates that this is about 38% of the total ballots. Here are our negatives and positives with two weeks to go. Positives Mike Mussina is running about…

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Ballot Check-In #3

We at MussinaHOF.com hope you and your family had a great holiday, and wish your 2016 comes to a close with a bang. It’s time for another ballot check-in, as Ryan Thibodaux’s tracker now has 122 votes accounted for. This time, rather than doing positives and negatives, we’re going to break things down Q&A style. First things first:…

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Ballot Check-In #2

Another batch of votes has come into Ryan Thibodaux’s tracker, so it’s time for a check on the status of the 2017 Hall of Fame Ballot. As usual, I’m going to break this down into positives and negatives. Positives:  More votes for Moose: When we last checked in, Mike Mussina had flipped three 2016 no…

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Does Bud Selig’s HOF election portend a change in HOF voting?

Senseless to keep steroid guys out when the enablers are in Hall of Fame. I now will hold my nose and vote for players I believe cheated. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) December 4, 2016 The commissioner who oversaw baseball’s steroid era will be inducted into the Hall of Fame next summer. Players such as Barry Bonds,…

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Ballot Check-in 12/5: Positives and Negatives

It’s very, very early in the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot reveal process. Early enough that some of what we see we can’t get excited over. But that still leaves some things we can get excited about—and alternatively, some things we can be bummed about. So far, Ryan Thibodaux has collected 16 public and two anonymous…

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Finding New Votes for Mike Mussina

Last year, 309 out of 440 voters made their HOF votes public. Out of these, 149 (48.2%) voted for the full contingent of 10 candidates.  If Mike Mussina is going to continue to pick up momentum for election these are the voters to keep an eye on when they publish their ballots. Here’s a breakdown…

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2017 Hall of Fame Voting Preview: The Leftovers

In part 1 of our look at the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot, we focused on the newcomers to the ballot. In part 2, we’re going to look at the key players who return from the 2016 ballot. There are a number of players whose candidacies could shift—and by extension affect Mike Mussina‘s chances for…

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2017 Hall of Fame Voting Prediction: The Newcomers

Much like the day after Thanksgiving marks the time that a lot of people start thinking about Christmas, baseball’s awards season marks the time when we can officially start thinking about the HOF election. If history is our guide then Hall of Fame ballots will be in the mail next week. This will mark our fourth…

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