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Saturday, December 30, 2017

THE FANTASY SPORTS BOSS HALL OF FAME PICKS

While I don't have a ballot given the fact fantasy sports writers have no exactly broken into that glass ceiling in the eyes of MLB (we really need to change that), I do have my own opinions on the upcoming Hall of Fame class.  Using the model where you can pick up to ten entries, here are my selections for the vote to be unveiled this Sunday.

MY PICKS

1.  Vladimir Guerrero:  He should have gotten in last season and now it is a virtual slam dunk and well-deserved for one of the greatest pure hitters/sluggers of his generation.

2.  Curt Schilling:  There may not have been a better big-game pitcher during his era as Schilling won titles both in Arizona and Boston and his 300-K ability was a sight to see.

3.  Trevor Hoffman:  Mariano Rivera had obviously much more success in the postseason but Hoffman should be in as well given his 601 career saves which is a staggering number.

4.  Barry Bonds:  I have been on the side of not voting for steroid users but I make an exception with Bonds who I believe firmly was a clean all-world talent until he got jealous of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa and began juicing.  Calling me a hypocrite is fair.

5.  Fred McGriff:  On the other side of the ledger, I always vote for McGriff who was a great power hitter with 493 home runs and who got drowned out as a clean player in the heart of the steroid era.

6.  Mike Mussina:  Mussina pitched like an ace to the very end of his career and in the cauldron of the AL East with the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees which should not be overlooked and quietly was a fantastic achievement.  Imagine what he would have done in let's say the NL West?  Absolutely deserving.

7.  Chipper Jones:  Another great hitter/slugger who many believe was clean, Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was a phenomenal player both offensively and defensively.  I also got an up-close look at how great he was as Jones tortured my New York Mets from the start.

8.  Jeff Kent:  377 home runs from a second baseman and an MVP award make the great for me.  Another guy who should be getting more pop than he has.

That's all she wrote as they say as I chose only 8 of my ten slots.  No way I was voting for Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Manny Ramirez, or Gary Sheffield who were known steroid guys and embarrassed themselves and the game.  Also, I just can't get fully behind Edgar Martinez who was primarily a DH and didn't have to deal with the challenges of fatigue and still being able to put up numbers as a hitter if he had played in the field.

What do you think?  Agree or disagree?  Keep it clean and post below.


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