Harold Baines debuts on Today’s Game Era ballot
The line has to be somewhere, but the inevitability of the numbers doesn’t make Harold Baines’ accomplishments any less impressive.
Of all the players currently eligible for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Harold Baines has more hits than anyone but Rafael Palmeiro and Barry Bonds.
“The guy could flat-out hit,” said Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson.
Baines is one of 10 finalists on this year’s Today’s Game Era ballot that will be considered by the committee on managers, umpires, executives and long-retired players at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The 16-person committee will vote on Dec. 4 at baseball’s Winter Meetings in National Harbor, Md.
“The guy could flat-out hit,”
The 10 candidates on the Today’s Game Era Committee ballot are: Albert Belle, Will Clark, Davey Johnson, Orel Hershiser, Mark McGwire, Lou Piniella, John Schuerholz, Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner and Baines. Any candidate who receives votes on at least 75 percent of all ballots cast will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2017 on July 30.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum