May 17, 2021

Carig: My 2020 Hall of Fame ballot (The Athletic)

There is no right or wrong when it comes to voting for the Hall of Fame. No matter how much we try to turn baseball into a scientific pursuit, appreciating it will always defy the bounds of cold logic. Greatness can’t only be statistical. It must also be visceral. Those enshrined in Cooperstown should be the ones who are absolutely essential to any celebration of the game.

This is my third year with a ballot. I couldn’t begin to count the ways in which my life has been enriched by baseball, so it’s an honor to be entrusted with this privilege. Voting feels like fulfilling a duty to the game. I take it seriously. It’s also an excruciating exercise. To help the process along, I’ve come up with a few guidelines to help shape my voting.

1. Sustained dominance is the essence of a Hall of Famer. Call it “peak performance” or whatever term you’d like. But the idea is that Hall-worthy players spent a good portion of their career as the most dangerous hitter in…

Read “Carig: My 2020 Hall of Fame ballot” at The Athletic