Sunday, January 22, 2017

2017 WSC Hall Of Fame Ballot

Here's a Hall of Fame that anyone can vote for: The White Sox Cards Hall Of Fame.

Yes, it's that time of year again, but this time around there will be a shorter window for voting.

You can vote for as many or as few players as you want. The rules are the same as the MLB Hall of Fame. 75% of the vote will get a player in. At least 5% of the vote will keep a player on the ballot for next year. A player has to be away from the White Sox for a minimum of five years for ballot consideration. If a player cannot get 75% of the vote after 15 tries, he is taken off the ballot.

Last ballot, three players were voted into the WSC Hall Of Fame. Who will make it in this year?

The 2017 ballot includes a player for each positional spot on the field, a designated hitter, a manager, and pitching has been split into spots for starter, middle relief and closer.

Joey Cora  – 2nd Base (1st year)
Joe Crede – 3rd Base (1st year)
Oscar Gamble - DH (7th year) 
Rich Gossage – P (1st year)
Dummy Hoy  – OF (4th year)
Frank Isbell – 1st Base (6th year)
Fielder Jones – OF (6th year) 
Al Lopez – MGR (7th year)
J.C. Martin - C (1st year)
Jack McDowell
- P (1st year)
Minnie Minoso - OF (1st year)
Bobby Thigpen - P (6th year)
Buck Weaver - SS (5th year)

Voting will be through July 11, 2017, with the results announced shortly after. You can vote on the right sidebar. Any position left open due to election or cuts will be filled by another player next year.

The results should prove interesting. Have fun!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Congrats Tim Raines!!!

Hall of Fame Class of 2017

You deserve every bit of this, Tim.  When I was a kid just starting to collect baseball cards, I would wish that you were on the White Sox. I always had a soft spot for the Expos. Maybe it was those powder blue uniforms. Maybe it was the exotic (to a little kid) locale of Montreal, where they weren't just Canadian, they were FRONCH-Canadian. Then one day, in the middle of my freshman year of high school, I got my wish.

You never disappointed me. You, along with a fresh young group (and a couple of old timers), took the AL West by storm. The White Sox became a force to be reckoned with. Then it all came undone with the strike. You may have had your first World Series with the White Sox in 1994, but we'll leave that for another timeline where the strike doesn't happen. Still you got two with the Yankees and finally one, as a coach, with the White Sox. So, a little late, but better than never.

Soak it up and enjoy the ride. You deserve every bit of this.
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