The 2011 Hall of Fame Ballot was released on Tuesday and there were quite a few familiar names among the eligible candidates. Here they are:
- Roberto Alomar, 2B
- Carlos Baerga, 2B
- John Franco, RP
- Lenny Harris UT
- Al Leiter, P
- John Olerud, 1B
Roberto Alomar never gave the Mets anything close to Hall of Fame worthy as a Met, but he’ll certainly get in because of his past exploits.
The only other former Met with a slight chance would be John Olerud, who batted .354 for the Mets in 1998 and .363 to lead the league in 1995 for the Blue Jays. A career OBP of .398 to go with his 500 doubles makes him a borderline case in the same mold as Keith Hernandez.
I’m not so sure John Franco will get into the Hall.
Here are the rest of the names on the ballot:
Jeff Bagwell, Harold Baines, Bert Blyleven, Bret Boone, Kevin Brown, Juan Gonzalez, Marquis Grissom, Bobby Higginson, Charles Johnson, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Tino Martinez, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Raul Mondesi, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Rafael Palmeiro, Dave Parker, Tim Raines, Kirk Rueter, Benito Santiago, Lee Smith, B.J. Surhoff, Alan Trammell and Larry Walker.
I’ve always considered Tim Raines a lock for the Hall of Fame, and I wonder if the voters will be ready to give Mark McGwire a pardon this time around. My sentimental vote goes to Bert Blyleven who had himself a remarkable career while playing mostly for some bad teams.