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Six Former Texas Rangers Received Baseball Hall of Fame Votes, Including Aaron Sele, Because Baseball Hall of Fame Voting Is a Joke

One of these men will make the Hall of Fame. One of them will not. Source: NJ Baseball

No one was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame today, but six former Texas Rangers received votes. It’s almost impossible that any of them will ever get in.

Players need to be on 75 percent of voters’ ballots to be enshrined; former Houston Astro Craig Biggio was the closest this year, with 68.2 percent. The Baseball Writer’s Association of America (BBWAA, taking a page from Grapevine’s book) had to deal with three (alleged) steroid-users facing the ballot for the first time this season: Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Sammy Sosa. None received more than 38 percent of the vote. The former Rangers, their vote percentage, and why they won’t ever get in:

  • Sammy Sosa (played for the Rangers in 1989, again in 2007), 12.5 percent of ballots, everyone’s pretty sure he took steroids
  • Rafael Palmeiro (played for the Rangers from 1989-1993), 8.8 percent of ballots, he actually took steroids
  • Kenny Lofton (played for the Rangers in 2007), 3.2 percent of ballots, steals are underrated as a statistic/played on too many different teams, negating his value
  • Sandy Alomar, Jr. (played for the Rangers in 2005), 2.8 percent of ballots, injuries stalled his career
  • Julio Franco (played for the Rangers from 1989-1993), 1.1 percent of ballots, just kinda old amirite?
  • Aaron Sele (played for the Rangers in 1998 and 1999), 0.2 percent of ballots, WHY WAS AARON SELE EVEN ON THE BALLOT?

12 comments on “Six Former Texas Rangers Received Baseball Hall of Fame Votes, Including Aaron Sele, Because Baseball Hall of Fame Voting Is a Joke

  1. He also allegedly used the heaviest bat allowed in MLB, which has to count for something.

  2. Regarding your photo cutline, I wouldn’t be so sure about Pudge getting in. In fact, based on today’s results, I’d say there’s no way he gets in given the PED speculation that surrounds him.

    As for your question about Sele, all that’s required to be on the ballot is having played at least 10 years and being retired for five years.

  3. As for Sele, yeah, I know, it’s just insane that people like Ryan Klesko are even afforded the opportunity for someone to vote for them.

  4. Technically that’s not all that’s required. There is a screening committee that weeds out players who are manifestly unqualified before they’re placed before all of the writers, but their bar for making the ballot is quite low.

  5. I’ve got to take issue with your headline, Brad. Yes, it’s silly that the some of the greatest players of all time were on the ballot this year and were not voted in. It’s sillier still that players who have never been proven to have used steroids are being kept out purely based upon speculation.

    But the Baseball Hall of Fame is the only major sports hall of fame that’s worth a damn. Nobody got elected this year because the writers, as silly as their votes may have been this particular year, care deeply about keeping the hall a special place. Unlike in football or basketball or hockey, baseball’s is not treated as the Hall of Very Good Players. It’s intended to be the Hall of Only Truly Great Players (even if some less-than-greats have slipped in). So the voting is not a joke, even when the writers get it wrong.

  6. I think the “Hall of Only Truly Great Players” argument is fine, but goes out the window when someone thinks Aaron Sele or Shawn Green (or Javy Lopez in 2011, Bret Boone in 2010, David Freaking Segui in 2009) is a truly great player.

  7. God, someone actually thought David Segui was worth a vote for the Hall of Fame. Can’t get over that.

  8. That’s ridiculous. The argument would only go out the window if any of those guys ever got close to making it in. (And I suspect almost all of those writers cast those votes just because they liked the guys personally, wanted to make them feel a little good about themselves, and knew that the player in question didn’t stand a chance of election anyway so there was no chance they’d be fouling up the hall with such nonsense.)

    Point is the Baseball Hall of Fame entry system is as good as sports halls of fame get. It’s not the joke that football and basketball’s are.

  9. I think the headline is spot-on, not just for the omissions this year and votes for guys who clearly don’t belong like Sele, but also for the lengthy list of no-brainers throughout the years that DIDN’T get in on the first ballot.

    Names like Joe DiMaggio, Cy Young, Rogers Hornsby, Yogi Berra, Carl Hubbell, Lefty Grove, Hank Greenberg, Robin Roberts, Whitey Ford, Eddie Mathews, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Harmon Killebrew, Jimmie Foxx, Ferguson Jenkins, Duke Snider, Mel Ott, Tris Speaker, Juan Marichal, Pie Traynor, Dizzy Dean, Roy Campanella, Bill Dickey and Catfish Hunter.

    Plus, not one player in history has ever received 100 percent of the vote. Not even the greatest player of all time, Babe Ruth.

    That’s just embarrassing and rock solid proof that the MLB HOF voting has always been a joke.

  10. Must get at least 5% of the vote to stay on the ballot so he won’t be on it next year (see Juando last year). And I agree that Pudge faces a tough road to the HOF. Will be interesting to see how the voting goes on these guys in the next couple of years. Pudge is up for vote in Jan 2017 I think.

  11. I agree with this. The whole “waiting to get in” thing is ridiculous, as if there is some virtue to making a great player wait even more after waiting the seven years to become eligible for induction. I also object to this notion that sportswriters know who is above suspicion when it comes to PEDs. Yes, there are guys who turned into monsters, but look at a guy like Lance Armstrong–there could be thousands of MLB players over the years who simply due to having a different enhanced physique are declared “above suspicion.” Craig Biggio, who never had much power in the minors, suddenly started hitting 20 homers a year in the mid-1990s, but somehow he’s “above suspicion.” I think we have to accept that PEDs are ingrained in the stats, even today. It’s simply part of the modern baseball era. That guys like Clemens and Bonds and, to a lesser extent, McGwire and Sosa didn’t get in is a travesty.