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Discussing Cardinals Hall of Fame ballot and voting

As you hopefully know, since March 7, voting has been open to select two individuals as the St. Louis Cardinals’ first-ever Hall of Fame fan-selected class of modern era players. That includes those who retired within the last 40 years.

The eight candidates on the ballot are Jim Edmonds, Bob Forsch, Keith Hernandez, Willie McGee, Mark McGwire, Matt Morris, Ted Simmons and Joe Torre.

Fan voting has just a few days remaining, closing on April 22 at cardinals.com/HOF. The two winners for 2014 will be announced shortly after, with the formal induction ceremonies scheduled on Saturday, August 16.

Though a case could be made for any of the eight, I readily admit that my analysis and discussion among the Red Ribbon Committee members led me to favor two over the others. Based on interim voting results announced by the Cardinals, however, my preferred candidates are running second and fourth, respectively.

In a recent discussion with the Cardinals’ Brian Finch, who manages the Hall voting process for the club’s ownership, we covered the ballot, the voting, what comes next and much more. We also cover how two others may join the fan ballot winners and enter the team’s Hall this summer.

Click here to listen: Brian Finch on Cardinals Hall of Fame ballot and voting (17:10)

With time running out, don’t forget to cast your votes at cardinals.com/HOF!

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5 Responses to “Discussing Cardinals Hall of Fame ballot and voting”

  1. Nutlaw says:

    Wainwright is sure tearing it up at the plate this year, huh?

    • Brian Walton says:

      A good-hitting pitcher can really give a team an edge. Ironic the day after Kelly’s injury led some to call for the DH so pitchers wouldn’t have to hit and risk getting hurt. I am still in the camp of preferring to see complete athletes.

      • crdswmn says:

        I’m an old school baseball fan and I don’t apologize for that. I am getting pretty sick and tired of all the reactionaries wanting to change baseball every time something bad happens. If they get their way, baseball will become so sissified as to be unwatchable. Players get hurt in sports; if you can’t handle that then go watch golf.

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