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Old 11-30-2013, 10:40 AM
TommyJohn TommyJohn is offline
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Little history: Luke Appling drew three votes in his first year of eligibility. Under the modern rules he would have been off the ballot for good, to be considered years down the road by the Veterans Committee. I can see the modern Chicago media having fun with that one.

"Appling? Get serious! He was awful in the clubhouse, griped, groaned and complained all the time. I will list Appling's 10 worst moments with the White Sox. And I'm a Sox fan saying this"-Paul Sullivan (while he crosses his fingers and hides his Cub hat behind his back.)

"Three votes? He got that many? Those must be White Sox fans, because only those *ugh* *phew* people would vote for THAT guy"-Phil Arvia

"I'll use the Ben Chapman rule. Does Ben Chapman deserve a vote? Then neither does the irrelevant Appling." *sneer* *sneer* *sneer*-Dan McGrath
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:31 PM
russ99 russ99 is offline
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Frank should be first ballot by his raw numbers, which is right up there with some of the all-time greats.

Yet, the petty baseball writers may hold him back a a year, for playing DH and because he played in the steroid era. Obviously we all know Frank was clean and the Mitchell Report hearings should absolve him completely of being associated with the cheaters.

Plus there's the whole other writers' bias comparing candidates to other similar players when/how thaey got in, which kept Biggio out last year, since Alomar was second ballot, some writers thought Biggio didn't deserve first ballot over Alomar.

I'm hopeful the numbers win out, and Frank is inducted this year.
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:56 PM
gobears1987 gobears1987 is offline
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I will be shocked if Frank doesn't get in first year.
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