Seven new members elected to the Baseball Evolution Hall of Fame
Have you been depressed for the past month because the Baseball Writers
Association of America failed to elect Tim Raines into the Cooperstown's Hall of
Fame? Never fear, the Baseball Evolution Hall of Fame is here! We
elected Tim Raines unanimously and without reservations as the second best
leadoff hitter of all time.
Raines represented one of seven new candidates to gain entrance into the
hallowed corridors of Baseball Evolution's Hall of Fame. There are 91
players and managers inducted into Cooperstown but not into the Baseball
Evolution Hall of Fame, 120 names overall, as umpires, pioneers, and executives
are ineligible for the Baseball Evolution halls.
So in Baseball Evolution's far more exclusive Hall of Fame, Frank Selee, Ray
Dandridge, Bill Foster, George Sisler, and Tony Lazzeri all finally gained
entrance when they were each welcome in Cooperstown already. Selee and
Dandridge in particular deem noteworthy as they gained 2008 election after
having received just three of six possible votes in 2007, giving hope to all of
the other holdovers on the Baseball Evolution ballot.
Selee actually went from three votes to six in one year, with Scott, Keith,
and Asher all changing their Selee vote from "1" to "2." Was it his
prodigious mustache, his .598 career winning percentage, or the fact that he
laid the groundwork for Frank Chance to lead the Chicago Cubs to consecutive
World Series titles, the only two the franchise has enjoyed to date?
Whatever the reason, Selee now joins a more exclusive group than the National
Baseball Hall of Fame. There are only 43 player in the Baseball Evolution
Hall of Fame that do not belong to Cooperstown, as opposed to the 91 that belong
to Cooperstown and not the Baseball Evolution model. Joining Raines as a
non-Cooperstown inductee is Darrell Evans. Evans finally received his
fifth vote after receiving four the previous two seasons, with Scott voting him
a "0" in 2006 and both he and Asher voting Evans a "1" in 2007.
A quick gander at our Era and
Positional Breakdowns shows that corner outfielders represent the two
positions perhaps favored by out triad of Baseball Evolution voters.
Nevertheless, it was a first baseman (Norm Cash), second baseman (Willie
Randolph), third baseman (Ken Boyer), center fielder (Wally Berger), and
starting pitcher (Ben Taylor) who fell off of 2009 eligibility by failing to
receive three total votes this year.
What's in store for that 2009 ballot? Only two candidates remain with two
voters giving them a "2" on their ballots: Hack Wilson and Davey Johnson.
Scott holds the key to their respective inductions, being the voter to not give
either a single vote. Scott relented on his un-approving stance regarding
Stan Coveleski, however, only to see Asher reduce his vote for Covey from "2" to
Therefore, much is possible for next year's voting. What you won't see
is the likes of Bruce Sutter, Red Ruffing, Chick Hafey, and Freddie Lindstrom in
the Baseball Evolution Hall of Fame. Those players are reserved for the
lesser Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.