Forget Bruce Sutter, Jim Rice and Goose Gossage, the leading candidates in this year's HOF balloting. The best action happens at the bottom of the ballot.
Two of those bottom-feeders were former Phillies Gregg Jefferies and Doug Jones. Each earned two votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America. For weeks, the Phillies had made their inclusion on the ballot a top story on Phillies.com. As a fan, there was something strangely awkward about seeing it over and over again. I’d almost categorize that feeling as shame.
In addition to Jefferies and Jones, former rookie of the year shortstop Walt Weiss earned a vote, winning the respect of at least one, anti-establishment writer from the BWAA, possibly the baseball writer from Fangoria Magazine.
No such luck for California shortstop Gary DiSarcina, vaguely remembered only from baseball cards. He didn’t get a vote. Pitcher Alex Fernandez, who I do not recall ever playing, was apparently forgotten by voters, too. No chum for Fernandez.
Next season, it's Charlie Hayes' turn to join the ranks of the bottom-feeders. He becomes eligible in 2007. Vegas sets the over/under at half a vote.