Patrick Reusse's Hall of Fame ballot
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Editor's note: Pat passed along his ballot for this write-up.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame inducted three new members Wednesday: Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas. Jack Morris, in his final year of eligibility on the ballots of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, did not make the cut. Reusse included Morris, as well as the three newly enshrined.
Here is his ballot:
Pat said his pencil quivered over Mike Piazza and Curt Schilling but ultimately decided against it.
He said he compares Piazza to other hitters, not to other catchers, because he was so lousy behind the plate. His offensive numbers stand out much more when compared with other catchers than they do against other Hall of Fame batters.
Reusse said he simply felt Schilling missed the cut.
For those curious, I've paraphrased Pat's theory on steroid-era players: 'If you get caught, you must pay the price and don't belong in Cooperstown. But this is America; until you get caught, I'll gladly vote for you.'