Zuckerman talks Hall of Fame ballot
In the wake of baseball’s steroid era, Hall of Fame voting has become a complex exercise in both statistical and moral judgement. In the coming weeks, two of the biggest names in Houston Astros history will be judged on the impossibly unclear formula used to define "greatness."
Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio are up for induction to Cooperstown in 2013, and - with Monday’s deadline to submit ballots – the debate is heating up as to each man’s chances at immortality. Biggio is in his first year of eligibility, while Bagwell makes his third appearance on the ballot.
Mark Zuckerman, a 12-year member of the Baseball Writers Association of America, submitted his ballot two days ahead of the Dec. 31 deadline and shared how he voted on the Houston duo during Monday’s SportsNet Central.
“(Bagwell) is one of the most complete first basemen ever,” said Zuckerman, who also voted for the longtime Astro each of the last two years. “Four hundred homers, 400 doubles and 200 stolen bases, and an underestimated defensive player I think.”
Bagwell earned 41.7 percent of the vote his first year on the ballot, and 56 percent a year ago. While "first-ballot" status eluded Bagwell, that may not be the case for Biggio.
“To me, (Biggio) was pretty much a slam dunk,” Zuckerman added. “I’m afraid that other people around the sport might not be quite as convinced of that, but I do think he is going to get in eventually.”
Zuckerman cited Biggio’s versatility (he played catcher, second base and center field) and his membership in baseball’s 3,000-hit club as deciding factors in his vote.
The Hall of Fame will announce its class of 2013 on Jan. 9. Listed below are how a few other HoF voters who revealed their ballots passed judgement on Bagwell and Biggio.
Tim Kurkjian - ESPN: Bagwell (Yes), Biggio (Yes)
Ken Davidoff – New York Post: Bagwell (Yes), Biggio (Yes)
Ken Rosenthal – FoxSports.com: Bagwell (Yes), Biggio (No)
Do you think Bagwell, Biggio or both well get in?