Everything about the Baseball Hall of Fame voting process is flawed. The requirements to make the ballot are fairly simple: play 10 years and five years after your retire — boom! — you’re on the ballot. However you need at least five percent of the vote to remain on it. This process always leads to some fun names on the ballot who have no business being there.
This year former Nebraska football player and World Series winner Darin Erstad earns the “honors” of receiving one vote. Aaron Boone and Tom Gordon did a little better, each receiving two. Meanwhile Rich Aurilla, Tony Clark, Jermaine Dye, Cliff Floyd, Brian Giles, Eddie Guardado and Jason Schmidt received zero. Apparently one voter must have appreciated Erstad’s grit and hard-nosed approach.
For what little it’s worth, I’d have voted for Guardado — a staple on my American League-Only roto teams in the early 2000s.
Snark aside, Carlos Delgado falling off the ballot on his first try is a little unfair. Ten straight 30+ home run seasons is pretty impressive, no?
UPDATE? … at least Erstad is able to have a little fun with it today: