Today is Election Day in Rhode Island and across the United States. Senators, Congressmen and Congresswomen, Governors, and other state officials will either be elected or re-elected based on the vote of the people. I plan on voting as soon as I am finished with this blog.
I thought in the spirit of Election Day, that I would share with you the potential Baseball Hall of Fame candidates for induction in 2019. Some of the players are return candidates on the ballot, while others are making their first appearance on the ballot to be considered. Players, having been retired for 5 years, are eligible to be included in the consideration of the Baseball Writers Association of America for enshrinement into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. A truly prestigious honor for any Major League Baseball player. Here is a short list of the candidates eligible for consideration this year, courtesy of Baseball Reference. You can find out about previous year’s ballots also at www.baseball-reference.com.
A few Boston Red Sox candidates that stand out in this list are Curt Shilling, Kevin Youkilis, Manny Ramirez, Roger Clemens, Derek Lowe, and Darren Oliver – all who played significant roles on the Boston Red Sox teams in the 1980’s, 1990’s, and 2000’s. We shall see if Mariano Rivera is the first unanimous, 100% of every ballot, player to be entered into the Hall of Fame. Looking at other names, Roy Halliday stands out as a potential emotional selection, having passed away tragically in a plane crash in 2017. Also, will DH Edgar Martinez enter the HOF in his 10th year of eligibility? And what about Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Miguel Tejada – will their questionable decisions as players during the “steroid era” cost them a place in Cooperstown?
The BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America) have cast or will be casting their votes for the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame. The announcement typically comes in January, so we will have to wait until then to find out these and so many other questions about who is in and who is left out.
In the meantime, exercise your right as an American and vote for your local government officials, your state representatives in Congress and the Senate. I cherish the opportunity to use my one vote to make a difference in my world today. And will be looking forward to placing that sticker on my lapel which reads “I Voted.”
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