I didn't really expect to be talking about the Hall of Fame so much this week, but, after doing this post earlier today, I just couldn't help myself.
As you can see from today's earlier post and last year's Hall of Fame ballot, I tend to think of the Hall of Fame ballot in groups - the no-brainers, the close-calls, the nice guys, and so on. And I doubt I'm alone on this. Ask anyone what he thinks of a few of the eligible players, and you're bound to hear this same sort of categorization in some form.
With that in mind, I thought it might be fun to redraw the Hall of Fame ballot in such a way that allowed the voter to clearly define what category each player falls under. And since these categories hardly, if ever, change from year-to-year, the basic layout of the ballot wouldn't need to change. You can see a glimpse of the ballot below. Click on the image to see the full ballot.
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The ballot is divided into six fairly obvious categories (listed below). From there, the voter is told to place each of the 33 candidates into his appropriate category. A checkbox is provided to mark whether or not that player is being voted into the Hall. The categories are:
- "Vote for him or I will physically harm you."
- "He's not Babe Ruth, but that doesn't mean he wasn't great..."
- "He's good, all right, but just how good?"
- "O-VER-RATED!! Clap. Clap. Clap, Clap, Clap."
- "I liked you, but we both know you're no Hall of Famer."
- "How'd this guy get on the ballot?!"
Technically, a vote is allowed for anyone in any of the categories, but some categories are clearly much more vote-friendly. I included ten spaces for each category, but there's no hard rule against going over.
The descriptive Hall of Fame ballot is only meant for fun, of course. I don't expect even my blogger friends to adopt it for their balloting. But I can't think of a more fun, honest way of describing your Hall of Fame voting than with this ballot. Where else do you get to put Juan Gonzalez and Jack Morris in the "O-VER-RATED!!" category? Or Bobby Higginson in the "How'd this guy get on the ballot?!" category? You can't get much more honest than that. I'd love to see a few others' versions of the Descriptive Hall of Fame Ballot (mine, if you haven't guessed, can be see if you click through).