LADY AT THE BAT: Ladies & Gentleman, Your 2008 Hall Of Fame Ballot:

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Ladies & Gentleman, Your 2008 Hall Of Fame Ballot:

Brady Anderson
Harold Baines
Rod Beck
Bert Blyleven
Dave Concepcion
Andre Dawson
Shawon Dunston
Chuck Finley
Travis Fryman
Rich Gossage
Tommy John
David Justice
Chuck Knoblauch
Don Mattingly
Mark McGwire
Jack Morris
Dale Murphy
Robb Nen
Dave Parker
Tim Raines
Jim Rice
Jose Rijo
Lee Smith
Todd Stottlemyre
Alan Trammell

According to baseball writer Peter Abraham, voters can select up to 10 players or no one at all. After looking over the list I couldn't select 10, but if I had a vote, I think I'd choose these 4:

Rich Gossage
Tommy John
Tim Raines
Jim Rice

My reasoning for Tommy John is simple: There are young baseball fans out there who think he's a surgery and not a person. It's not really a reason to vote him into the Hall, but I don't care.

I think the others are self-explanatory. I will say, however, that Rice is long overdue. He's more than paid for his avoidance of the media during his playing career. It's time to end the boycott.

The new inductees will be announced on January 8th. Good luck, gentlemen.

The Lady

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