The Ultimate FNTSY and Friends Voting For The 2018 MLB Hall of Fame Class
Forget the Steroids: Bonds and Clemens Should Be In with Chipper in 2018
Many members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will do everything they can to never allow Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens into Cooperstown. But Fantasy Sports analysts who follow the game just as closely as many of them obviously do not feel the same. In a poll of 20 analysts from the Fantasy Sports Network (FNTSY), RotoExperts.com and SportsGrid, Bonds and Clemens were approved as members of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2018 class. Each analyst was asked to vote in the same manner as the BBWAA, up to 10 selections allowed, and a player had to appear on 75 percent of ballots to gain “induction.”
Bonds was one of three unanimous selections, along with Chipper Jones and Vladimir Guerrero. Clemens appeared on all but one ballot and Manny Ramirez made it in with 90 percent of the vote. According to top Fantasy Sports analysts, the 2018 MLB Hall of Fame Class should be Bonds, Clemens, Guerrero, Chipper and Manny.
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Before you retort that this was a “Fantasy Vote” and that this polled group was only looking at statistical production, we’d like to inform you that the Fantasy analysts were expected to vote as a BBWAA member would. The voting was not connected to Fantasy production.
My view when voting was simply this: If I believed a player was the “best of the best” overall or at his position for an extended period, he would get very strong consideration. No matter the negative press Bonds and Clemens may have brought to the game, they certainly were the best of the best in MLB for extended periods. As far as the steroid issues and suspicions that permeate the BBWAA landscape, I believe that many other players were doing it as well and players like Bonds and Clemens would have been super elite no matter the controversies at the time. They were superstars even before the main thrust of the steroid era. Bonds won seven MVP awards and Clemens won seven Cy Youngs. Baseball has long been haunted by other performance enhancers such as “greenies.” I believe Bonds and Clemens would have been Hall of Famers in any era. The performances are too overwhelmingly outstanding to leave them out of the HOF. Ultimately, I will vote guys in based on performances between the lines. Jake Ciely was the single dissenter to leave Clemens off his ballot.
Jones, one of only nine players in MLB history with at least a .300 batting average, .400 on-base percentage, .500 slugging average and 400 home runs, would easily make it on any ballot, and is not considered one of the “stainers” of the steroid era. Guerrero hit .300 or better 12 seasons in a row and 13 overall, topped the 30-home run mark eight times and drove in 100-or-more runs 10 times. Ramirez, arguably the greatest right-handed hitter of all time, batted .300-or-better 11 times, reached 100 RBIs a dozen times 100-RBI mark in 12 seasons, went over the 30-homer mark 12 times and had five seasons with 40-plus home runs.
The Staff Snubs
Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling missed out with 60 percent of the votes. I did vote for Schilling, who had three 300-strikeout seasons (only Randy Johnson and Nolan Ryan had more) and his postseason numbers were stellar (11-2 with a 2.23 ERA). Edgar Martinez and Jim Thome received 55 percent of the votes. I voted for Martinez, who is the best DH of all time and should not be penalized for not playing two ways.
I also voted for Trevor Hoffman, who appeared on 45 percent of the ballots. Outside of Mariano Rivera I believe he was clearly the best closer of his era. Sammy Sosa also got my vote, but only finished with 35 percent. If I am going to include Bonds and Clemens I am not leaving off a guy who is the only player who hit 60 home runs in three different seasons. Gary Sheffield and Johnny Damon did not receive a single vote.
My official Hall of Fame ballot: Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman should be locks this year, and one day, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will be joining them. pic.twitter.com/mH3b9MpOfk
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 23, 2018
Here are some of the rest of the players voted on.
Jeff Kent – 25 percent
Larry Walker – 20 percent
Fred McGriff – 20 percent
Johan Santana – 15 percent
Billy Wagner – 15 percent, one of my 10.
Omar Vizquel – 10 percent
Scott Rolen – 10 percent
Andruw Jones – five percent, with one vote from Mike Cardano
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