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Season 23 Hall of Fame Cheat Sheet

Let me begin with my seasonal plea for everyone to use all 5 votes.  While the Hall of Fame pool is starting to thin out, there are so many worthy candidates that using all 5 is still important.  Beyodn that, everyone needs to start nominating worthy players as well.  The ballot is thin this year, which typically is good because it is often cluttered with personal favorites who really are not Hall of Fame caliber.  But there are some worthy players who are not getting nominated by anyone right now out there:

Without further ado, here are my 5 suggestions

1 and 1a. Alfonso Cruz and Ugueth Moya

Unless your name is Dan Thompson, your name should not be in the same sentence as these hitters.  If I have to explain to you why these 2 gentlemen should immediately be indicted into the Hall of Fame, then you don’t understand what a Hall of Fame is.

3. Willie Seanez

Seanez compares favorably statistically with current hall of famers like Mariano Soto.  One of BSA’s greatest sluggers from the early seasons, he started the world with 7 straight season of 45 plus homers.  If a player hit like him right now, he’d be winning MVP awards left an right and be current owners would see him as an all time great.

4. Shane Dean

Dean has made my list before, but was left off last year in a hitter heavy ballot.  He was an integral piece in Kansas City’s early success, a key figure in the Monarchs upset of the Boston Bombers in what is still the biggest momemnt in BSA history, and his Cy Young season in season 3 was one of the finest pitching seasons in BSA history.  He ahs all the credentials, has paid his dues on the ballot, and deserves to find his way into the Hall.

5. Joel Simmons

Simmons never quite lived up to the hype he had early in his career, but he still put together a great career.  With nearly 200 career wins, a 3.52 ERA amassed mainly in the American League, and a World Series ring from season 9 where he had a historical postseason run, he should start getting the votes needed to be included among the BSA’s greatest.

All Time Leaders

Hits
1. Luther Aldred 3031
2. Alfonzo Cruz 3004
3. Ugueth Moya 2830
4. Orlando Lee 2736
5. Alan Vickers 2643

Home Runs
1. Alfonzo Cruz 811
2. Dan Thompson 749
3. Ugueth Moya 686
4. Jerome Duran 633
5. Ivan Mantalban 602

OPS
1. Rusty Laker 1.021
2. Dan Thompson 1.020
3. Ugueth Moya .989
4. Matty Bennet .984
5. Emil Wilkinson .975

Wins
1. Fernando Neruda 352
2. Geronimo Flores 310
3. Esteban Cubillan 275
4. Frank Dehart 263
5. Shawn Radlosky 257

Strikeouts
1. Fernando Neruda 5038
2. Geronimo Flores 3866
3. Frank Dehart 3356
4. Esteban Cubillan 2955
5. Shawn Radlosky 2871

Saves
1. Jesus Torrealba 694
2. Hal Wagner 636
3. Charles Hall 575
4. Cole Alexander 488
5. Augie Martin 478