So now you know half the story. Last time out we took Jeff Kent and four others. That means we are electing the big three (Johnson, Pedro, Smoltz) in 2015 and someone else from among Carlos Delgado, Nomar, Gary Sheffield, and Brian Giles.
After all, there’s no one else still in the running. Well, there is Tom Gordon, but you guys know what our standards are like, and, uh, nah.
As we reach our final catch-up election, we hope you’ve all enjoyed the ride. We certainly have, and after we wrap up this election cycle with members 212 through 215, we will each take a look back at what we’ve learned through this process. Which in case you’ve only been along for part of the ride has been two-plus years in the making.
We’ll be scaling back a bit in our publishing schedule. After more than 24 months of reliably bringing you almost fully baked content three times a week, we’ll be taking the opportunity to get to know our wives again. But lest you think we’re disappearing altogether, we have some fun stuff in the works, and we’ll be posting at least once a week for the foreseeable future. In other words, check back weekly and watch your Twitter feeds for heads-ups about new stuff.
As you’ve come to expect, we’ll cover the VC and BBWAA ballots in November and December as well as their respective election results in December and January. You’ll see this particular post format again on the Monday following the BBWAA election and our lovable 2016 Results post two Fridays later.
Glad you’ve joined us for so much opinionating, bloviating, and overanalyzing on the small but somehow penetratingly meaningful matter of recognizing the greatest 215 players in baseball history. We’re especially grateful to regular readers and commenters like Verdun2, Geoff, Mike, Lucas, Brett, and many others who have made us a part of their regular reading rotation! And we travel a path blazed by the stalwarts at the Hall of Merit and the Hall of Stats. Thanks, gang, for giving us the can-do vision. One other website that was inspiring? Good old FireJoeMorgan. For the funnies, but also for the idea that two or three guys could just up and start a blog to take on the sports-media world in a constructive way. Agree or disagree with our selections, we do hope we’ve provided yet another demonstration that regular folks who don’t have press credentials or a BBREF page are at least as qualified as the BBWAA or former players to asses baseball greatness. And if we failed at even that? Well, we’d rather not think about what that suggests about our competence.
F= Hall of Fame member
M = Hall of Merit member
S = Hall of Stats member
NEW FOR 2015
Randy Johnson (F,M,S)
Pedro Martinez (F,M,S)
Gary Sheffield (S)
John Smoltz (F,M,S)