Glad my vote didn’t keep Billy Wagner out of Hall of Fame

I didn't vote for Billy Wagner. But while I don't consider Wagner a Hall of Famer, I have to admit I'm a little relieved (no pun intended) that he didn't miss out on the Hall of Fame by one vote. –That's my vote.

Mr. Wagner received 73.8% of the vote, and voting trends suggest he will receive enough votes to get the required 75% next year, his final year in office. That's fine by me. He was five votes short, but I'm sure he'll get some from someone next year.

I certainly understand Wagner's Cooperstown Incident. His rate statistics, a .187 batting average and 33.2 strikeout rate, are off the charts at times. In other cases, he falls second behind Mariano Rivera.

Wagner is clearly a great baseball player and one of the top 10 relievers of all time. The question is whether he ranks in the top 1.18 percent of players to ever play (the percentage of MLB players who make it to Cooperstown). In my opinion, the answer is no.

I'm not against relievers by definition (I voted for Rivera, Goose Gossage, and Trevor Hoffman), but Wagner's lifetime WAR is 27.7, or half that of Mark Buhl, Bobby Abreu et al. There is a reason why it is as follows. Vote for. There's also a reason why top relievers can earn $100 million and top starters can earn $300 million.

Billy Wagner narrowly missed being inducted into the Hall of Fame with 73.8 percent of the vote. Getty Images

I'm not an anti-relief fan, I'm a pro starter. I'm clearly in the vast minority, but I think Buhle, for example, who pitched a complete game, no-hitter, won 15 consecutive double-digit games, and pitched over 198 innings, has more impact. , so I think we achieved even results. Better whole case. And he received 8.3% of the votes!

Wagner is pretty close, but the specialist's case would look better if his aggregate stats rank among the all-time leaders (if he's surpassed by Cragg Kimbrel and Kenley Jansen next year, he'll be 8 in saves). ). Or certainly if his biggest moment wasn't a memorable bad one. I know he's only played 14 postseason games and he's only played 11¹/₃ innings, but he allowed 21 hits and 13 earned runs. In October, he even became an anti-Libera advocate.

If Wagner is in it, so is Kimbrel. Kimbrel is comparable in saves (417 vs. Wagner's 422), ERA (2.40 vs. 2.31), and WHIP (0.990 vs. 0.998), but Kimbrel is better in strikeouts per nine innings (14.2 vs. 11.9). , only half that (4.50 ERA) in the postseason. He had an ERA of 10.03).

Wagner received about 10 percent of the vote in the first year, and nearly two-thirds of voters apparently changed their minds. Call me stubborn, but I don't tend to change my opinion based on other people's opinions (just as I don't expect to be able to convince anyone today).

I've been publicly criticizing recent polls, mostly because we keep changing our votes while retired players' careers remain the same. We obviously have a similar tendency to be wishy-washy, but I think we got it right this time.

This year, multiple players were voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

New Hall of Famers Adrian Beltre and Joe Mauer deserve to be selected (they were two of the six I voted for, and I'll get to the other four later), and I'd give Todd Helton I didn't vote for it, but I think it's certainly a great case. A hitter with a career .953 OPS.

I would have liked to have seen the others I voted for, Andrew Jones (61.6 percent), Carlos Beltran (57.1 percent), Chase Utley (26.8 percent), and Jimmy Rollins (14.8 percent). But I think that time will come. At least for Jones, Beltran, and Utley.

Bertrand I refrained from voting last year because of the embarrassment of being trashed in 2017, but has vowed to support him in the future. I'm a little surprised he didn't do better, since he was a five-tool player who dominated October.

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But I won't argue. I think we almost achieved that.

I'm not rooting for anyone, but I couldn't understand why Gary Sheffield was getting exactly 75 percent of the popular vote despite being an increasingly popular candidate. I think it's fair that he ultimately fell short of support at 63.9%. A fun story about how scary it was for him to bat and play at third reminded me of one word: steroids.

While other steroid guys who are better players like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez, and Manny Ramirez languish in the voting, Sheffield, a proven steroid guy, ranks high in the voting. I still don't understand why they are raising it so rapidly. Whatever the reason, the way Sheffield falsely denies steroid involvement is convincing.

He got almost twice as much support as A-Rod (34 percent), which I'll never get. You either get caught or you don't, but he got caught. He reportedly mailed cash to steroid dispenser Victor Conte and was caught by BALCO, which produced the Mitchell Report. I don't know what more evidence anyone needs to see.

Anyway, cheers to those of us who voted for the class of three who excelled. And if Wagner comes to Cooperstown next year, maybe I'll change my mind. I doubt it, but I still want to congratulate you on a great career.



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