The Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) on Wednesday announced it has voted Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Mike Mussina and Trevor Hoffman into the Hall of Fame. Of course, we have no Hall of Fame, so it is largely symbolic. But once again, we are ahead of the curve than those other guys.
Bonds and Clemens will probably not get in when the BBWAA announces its balloting later today. But they will likely both get elected over the next few years, following our lead yet again (Piazza, Bagwell, Biggio, etc.).
I voted for Jones, Thome, Bonds, Clemens and Hoffman. But I did not vote for Mussina, whom I do not feel is a Hall of Famer. I did vote for Billy Wagner, Fred McGriff, Sammy Sosa and Gary Sheffield. I also placed a vote for Johan Santana, knowing full well he would get very few votes. His candidacy, while fringe at best, deserves a full examination that he will never get. I’m actually surprised he got so many votes from our members. He will likely fall off the BBWAA ballot after one try.
Vladimir Guerrero and Edgar Martinez did not appear on our ballot since we elected them last year. Again, ahead of the curve.
Here is the full vote: