2010 Reds Hall of Fame
I got the following e-mail today…
Reds fans will have the opportunity to choose the first member of the 2010 Reds Hall of Fame induction class when the Modern Player Ballot presented by cincyfavorites.com kicks off this Saturday, Aug. 1.
The following 10 candidates were nominated to appear on the ballot:
To be eligible and considered for the Modern Player Ballot, the player must have played in at least three seasons with the Reds, have played within the last 13 seasons and be in at least their third year of retirement. Eligible players from more than 13 years ago will be considered for the Veterans Ballot and selected by the Veterans Committee.
Fans can choose up to three players for induction when voting and the player with the most votes will become the first member of the 2010 induction class. Online ballots and candidate profiles will be available at reds.com/HOF and fans can vote in-person at Great American Ball Park, the Reds Hall of Fame and participating Skyline Chili locations. Voting will run through Sept. 2, 2009 and the winner will be announced later in the year.
Of the ten listed players, there are only four that I would consider for induction in the Reds HOF: Charlton, Franco, O’Neill, and Sabo. Brantley will probably get some votes since he’s a Reds broadcaster now, and Morris will get some support because he was fairly popular during his playing days here, but I don’t know how some of these guys even get on the ballot. Scott Sullivan? Seriously?
In the end, my three votes will go to Charlton, Franco, and Sabo. Because I just don’t like Paul O’Neill. I never have. He may be more deserving than Charlton, but if personal feelings can keep Jim Rice out of the National Hall of Fame until his last year of eligibility, then O’Neill can certainly wait around for some other sap to vote for him.
Go Reds! (And take the Bengals with you!)