Counting for Cooperstown: How did the BND staffers vote?

News-DemocratJanuary 8, 2014 

Who got the nod from the three members of the News-Democrat staff who have Baseball Hall of Fame votes as longtime members of the Baseball Writers Association of America?

Joe Ostermeier, David Wilhelm and Warren Mayes are active in the St. Louis chapter of the BBWAA. As a group, the three have more than 60 years experience covering the national pastime.

Here's how they filled out their Hall of Fame ballots this year:

Ostermeier's ballot

Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Jack Morris, Tim Raines, Lee Smith, Frank Thomas, Alan Trammell, Larry Walker

Why he voted as he did: "I had to leave several Hall of Fame-worthy candidates off my ballot, since we are allowed to vote for only 10 players. Not on my list: Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling, Mike Piazza, and Jeff Kent, not to mention the steroid-tainted Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. It won't be any easier next year, when Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz join the leftovers from this year's vote: Biggio, Bagwell, Raines, Smith and others."

Wilhelm's ballot

Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Fred McGriff, Jack Morris, Mike Mussina, Tim Raines, Lee Smith, Frank Thomas

Why he voted as he did: "Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas were easy choices in their first year of eligibility. Mike Mussina's career numbers were comparable to those of Jack Morris, a pitcher I have selected in the past who, unfortunately, failed to reach the Hall of Fame in his final year of eligibility. Once again, I'm disappointed that Craig Biggio fell short. Three thousand-plus hits and four Gold Gloves should be enough."

Mayes' ballot

Craig Biggio, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Jack Morris, Tim Raines, Lee Smith, Frank Thomas

Why he voted as he did: "This year was one of the easiest ballots to fill out with several can't miss newcomers eligibile. You have Maddux and Glavine, perhaps the most potent duo since Spahn and Sain. Thomas had a career that made him a no-brainer. Craig Biggio should be put in. I won't be able to vote for Jack Morris any longer but hopefully the Veterans Committee will see fit to induct him. In my way of thinking, Tim Raines and Lee Arthur Smith should be Hall of Famers as well."

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