I think all writers ballots should be public and anyone who makes a totally ridiculous vote (as voted on by living HoF) should be banned for life from voting. Examples are every year but just using this years Donkey Vote:
- What 16 writers do not think Maddux should be a HoF? He has the numbers, during an offensive era. He had a few of the most dominant seasons ever (Koufax effect) and has post season success. No question about it, he is one of the Top 10-15 pitchers EVER.
- Glavine has the numbers, probably deserves it, but I am not passionate about it. I do not see him as materially better than Mussina (who has little chance) despite Mussina pitching in one of the toughest divisions against tougher teams while being on a very average Baltimore team for a number of years. Like Jack Morris only Mussina is BETTER. If Mussina, is not HoF, then Schilling is definitely not, nor is Petite.
- Frank Thomas seemed like a shoo-in either this year or next. Bagwell played 3 less years (none as DH) and averaged more HR/RBI per season. If you think Bagwell is on steroids okay, but Thomas gets a pass? Also, Edgar Martinez, not as good as either but should be in the conversation.
- The HoF represents less than 2% of those who ever played the game. Jacque Jones/JT Snow were NEVER even in the Top 50 / 600 MLB players in any single year of their career.
I understand if you won't vote for steroid era but to make ridiculous votes like #1 and #4, you are making a joke of the process and should be banned. If 75% of the members think your ballot is ridiculous, then you are out.
Finally, if there is any good from this is that Jack Morris will be out of the conversation. A good pitcher in his era...not a GREAT pitcher. Same to be said for Don Mattingly when he drops off. A really good player, not a HoF. If Keith Hernandez is out, so if Mattingly.