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Top-4 Red Sox on this year's Hall of Fame ballot

January 01, 2019

Top-4 Red Sox on this year's Hall of Fame ballot

Which former members of the Boston Red Sox will get into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this upcoming July?

That's a good question. Right now, all we know is that Lee Smith definitely made the cut via the Veteran's Committee, but who else looks like they could get inducted this year? Realistically, the answer is no one, but that does not means guys who are on the ballot right now who played for the Red Sox in the past will not end up in the Hall of Fame.

Let's take a quick look at the four former Red Sox guys on the ballot who are actually getting votes (sorry Kevin Youkilis and Derek Lowe).

Roger Clemens -- Performance enhancing drugs or not, this guy was one of the best pitchers in MLB history. He went 354-184 with a 3.12 ERA and 4,672 strikeouts and earned seven Cy Young Awards. Let's not erase history, this guy is top-10 pitchers ever.

Curt Schilling -- Other than Clemens, this World Series hero and playoff legend (11-2, 2.23 ERA in 19 career playoff starts) is the only pitcher with over 3,000 strikeouts (3116) who is not in the Hall of Fame. He raised over $10 million for ALS research and is a loving father and husband; there's what you need to know about his character. We're in the sports business, not the politics business, so we're looking at Curt the baseball player here. 

Manny Ramirez -- I don't know. If you get caught using PEDs twice, you're kind of an idiot. But then again, he is a lifetime .321 hitter with 555 home runs, who was really one of the best hitters of all-time during his peak. It's a tough call because if you watch him play, it's such an obvious one.

Billy Wagner -- Closers can be Hall of Famers, so he really should make the cut. He has a career 2.31 ERA with 422 saves and 1196 strikeouts in 903 innings. Trevor Hoffman is in, Lee Smith and Mariano Rivera will be in this season, Bruce Sutter and Rollie Fingers are in as well. Yeah. Let him in, please.


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