Monday, January 9, 2012

Congrats Barry Larkin!

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CONGRATULATIONS to Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin on his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Larkin was the only player selected by the BBWAA in the 2012 balloting. He received 86.4% of the vote.

Jack Morris came in second place with 66.6% of the vote and has inched closer to the magical 75% needed for induction. I predict Morris will get inducted either in 2013 or 2014, which will be his last year of eligibility. Over the past four years his votes have been-- 2009 (44%), 2010 (52.3%), 2011 (53.5%) and 2012 (66.6%). The huge jump from 2011 to 2012 indicates that the voters are warming up to him and will vote him in before his eligibility expires. And of course, 2013 marks the first year of eligibility for the core members of the steroids crew (Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa) which should help Morris because those guys AIN'T (I repeat, AIN'T) getting in.

As for the other steroid suspects already on the ballot--

John Cole
Mark McGwire received 19.5% in 2012, which is right around the same total he received last year (19.8%). He's been on the ballot for 6 years and is yet to crack the 25% mark.

RJ Matson/Roll Call
Rafael Palmeiro received only 12.6% in his second year on the ballot, which means he lives to fight another day. Anyone with over 5% is eligible for the following year's ballot. In 2011, Palmeiro received only 11.0% of the vote. For a guy who hit over 500 home runs and over 3000 hits to receive those puny totals indicates that the voters have a ZERO TOLERANCE for suspected steroid users.

That is why in 2013-- no Bonds, no Clemens and no Sosa. Period!

Jeff Parkertoons
My 2013 Prediction: Craig Biggio (1st ballot); Mike Piazza (1st ballot) and maybe Jack Morris (14th ballot).

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