Thursday, July 3, 2014

Season 24 Hall of Fame Ballot

The Hall of Fame voting has begun for Season 24, and this season there's a slew of candidates that deserve consideration.  Given the large pool of worthy candidates, the Gazette will post their ballot, in case you're interested on who we would vote for this season.  Please everyone vote, as there are many deserving candidates!  Here are our choices for this year's Hall of Fame Class.

Al Samuel
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Age: 39B/T: L/R
Born: San Cristobal, DO
Position(s): C
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1. Al Samuel 
MVP Winner
9 Time All-Star
4 Time Silver Slugger
3 World Series Rings
1 Gold Glove
.334 Career Batting Average (1st All-Time)

Comments: Samuel's accomplishments are very impressive and then you get to the fact that he is the all-time career batting average leader in Cobbfather history, and it becomes a no-brainer that he should be in the Hall.  It's quite surprising that he only got 10 votes last season.

Chris Pendleton
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Age: 40B/T: R/R
Born: Chula Vista, CA
Position(s): P (P)
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2. Chris Pendleton
3 Time Cy Young Award Winner
8 Time All-Star
2 World Series Rings
2.86 Career ERA
220 Career Wins
2,876 Career Strikeouts

Comments: Pendleton's career stat line is even more impressive when you consider he had pretty weak stamina.  To win 3 Cy Young Awards, something only 3 other players in world history have accomplished, with that limitation, we feel he is Hall of Fame worth.

Trey Padgett
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Age: 41B/T: R/R
Born: Loudonville, OH
Position(s): 2B
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3. Trey Padgett
11 Time All-Star
7 Time Silver Slugger
4 World Series Rings
558 Career Home Runs
2,729 Career Hits

Comments: Padgett's most impressive qualification is that he is an 11 time All-Star.  Double digit All-Star appearances is something only 4 other players is world history have accomplished.  His stat line is very impressive as well, and he deserves to be in.  Him only getting 6 votes last season is pretty shocking.

Dennis Gulan
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Age: 38B/T: R/R
Born: Anamosa, IA
Position(s): 2B/CIF/OF/DH
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4. Dennis Gulan 
11 Time All-Star
7 Time Silver Slugger
1 Gold Glove
1 World Series Ring
.301 Career Batting Average
.510 Career Slugging Percentage
663 Stolen Bases (5th All-Time)

Comments: Gulan is another player who made it to 11 All-Star games, a feat that is probably Hall of Fame worth in itself, and his 7 Silver Slugger Awards are nothing to scoff at either.  He is 5th all-time in stolen bases while putting up a solid average and good power stats.

Edgar Cortez
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Age: 40B/T: L/L
Born: Pueblo Viejo, DO
Position(s): P (SP4)
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5. Edgar Cortez
Cy Young Award Winner
6 Time All-Star
1 World Series Rings
255 Career Wins (3rd All-Time)
3,352 Career Strikeouts (3rd All-Time)

Comments: Cortez having the 3rd most Wins and 3rd most Strikeouts in Cobbfather history while putting up a fairly good ERA make him Hall of Fame worthy.  His numbers are almost identical to  Vasco Serra, but we give the nod to Cortez, as he's been on the ballot one season longer.  Under normal circumstances, both would be easy selections, but this is a crowded class.

That's our selections, please remember to vote so we can get some of these guys in!

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