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Inspired to make this thread from @Baby Dashie's here. Every offseason, the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) votes for former players into the Hall of Fame. Starting in mid-November, the writers fill out a ballot presented to them by the Hall and can fill up to ten. Anyone who doesn't eclipse the 5% threshold falls off, but anyone who crosses 75% will get The Call and be elected into Cooperstown, where the celebration occurs every July. The writers have until December 31 to submit, and the announcement of inductees will be on January 22. Earlier this month, the Veterans Committee elected two former players: Harold Baines and Lee Smith. Now out of a possible 35 players on this year's ballot, only a select few will be elected. Here's the sample blank ballot, from this link: To make the ballot, the player must play at least ten seasons, not play five consecutive seasons following their last game, and be chosen by a committee to be approved. Like in Baby Dashie's thread, who do you think will make it? Also, if you had a ballot, who would you select (remember, only up to ten)? Two first-ballot shoo-ins: Halladay and Rivera. The former for being a major workhorse for about a decade (the last to pitch 260 regular-season innings) and one of th best pitchers in the game at the time. The ladder for being the all-time best reliever, period. At 70.4%, Edgar Martinez missed it by 20 votes, but with this being his tenth and final year on the ballot, he has an outside shot. Mussina was second-closest at 49. Follow Ryan Thibodaux's HoF Tracker for up-to-date public ballots. My hypothetical ballot ain't complete yet, but if I had one, it'd be as follows: Barry Bonds Roger Clemens Roy Halladay Andruw Jones (+1) Edgar Martinez Mike Mussina Mariano Rivera Scott Rolen Billy Wagner The tenth spot will be either Walker or McGriff, but because this year's McGriff's last, I'll likely pick him. Walker has one more year after this.
As a football fan, I've recently become a fan of the 31 members of what is known as the 100 Sacks club. The NFL players who have performed at least 100 sacks throughout their NFL career. Unfortunately only 12 out of the 31 have managed to get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (Possibly 13 if Jason Taylor manages to get in this year) The ones who are in are: Bruce Smith Reggie White Kevin Greene Chris Doleman Michael Strahan John Randle Richard Dent Lawrence Taylor Rickey Jackson Derrick Thomas Charles Haley Andre Tippett 5 are still active: Julius Peppers DeMarcus Ware Robert Mathis Dwight Freeney Terrell Suggs As stated before, Jason Taylor is entering his first year of eligibility, so he could be there soon. 2 had just recently retired will have to wait a few years: Jared Allen John Abraham And 11 have still not yet been inducted despite being eligible for some time: Leslie O'Neal Simeon Rice Clyde Simmons Sean Jones Greg Townsend Pat Swilling Trace Armstrong Neil Smith Kevin Carter Jim Jeffcoat William Fuller Which are your favorites? Which ones would you like to see inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame that haven't been inducted yet?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMpYJNCVcr0 This is probably the biggest surprise for me in this years hall of fame, but one that i am very happy with. Stan Hansen is probably one of the most underrated legends in the history of this sport. He made up the legend, that his Lariat broke the neck of Bruno Sammartino, eventhough it was a botched body slam, that suspended him from the WWWF for 5 years. He then went on to the AWA to become AWA champion and then got to Japan, where he probably became the most over Gaijin in Poruresu, even more then AJ Styles could imagine. He defeated guys like Giant Baba and Antonio Inoki, which was a big deal, because both of them barely put anybody over and he even almost punched Vaders eye out, which is one of the most infamous accidents i have ever seen. He also had an appearance in the Hulk Hogan movie "No holds barred" which is one of those movies that are so bad, that they are good *blushes as he looked at the blu-ray in his shelf* I really have to say. This years Hall of Famers are pretty decent.