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Carlos Delgado And The History Of First Ballot Snubs

Carlos Delgado, Kenny Lofton and Lou Whitaker

Carlos Delgado, Kenny Lofton and Lou Whitaker

On Tuesday, January 6th, 2015, it was revealed that Carlos Delgado received less than the 5% needed to stay on the ballot for the Hall of Fame. Fans of the Toronto Blue Jays were not happy with the results, and it is justified.

Delgado is the only player to have 30 or more home runs in 10 straight seasons and fall off the ballot after one try. There could be a lot of reasons this happened: a stacked ballot that was backlogged with questionable steroid users and a star-studded 1st class are the main reasons why. If this was 2008, Delgado gets close to between 5-10% of the vote. So, I decided to go back and look at the last 20 years, and find each player that had the highest vote total on their first ballot that didn’t make the cut.

To read the entire list, go to Baseball Hot Corner via the link below:
Carlos Delgado And The History Of First Ballot Cuts

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So which player stands out as being the biggest snub on their 1st ballot?

The ones that stand out to me are Carlos Delgado, Kenny Lofton and Lou Whitaker.

Let me know who you think is the biggest snub of the last 20 years in the Comments section.

After thought: Kevin Brown was a one and done snub in 2011. I listed John Franco as he had the most votes while being eliminated with 4.6% of the vote. I didn’t want to make the list too big, so I listed the highest vote getter of that year while being eliminated on their first ballot; much like Carlos Delgado was in 2015.
Kevin Brown received 2.1% of the votes in 2011. He had a great career, and was the first 100 million dollar pitcher. Unfortunately, he may be remembered for starting Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS; lasting less than two innings while giving up five earned runs. Also, the Mitchell Report named Brown as one player of a group of Los Angeles Dodgers implicated in steroid use. 2011 also saw Tino Martinez, Al Leiter, Marquis Grissom, John Olerud, B.J. Surhoff, Bret Boone and Benito Santiago all receive at least one vote. Bobby Higginson and Raul Mondesi both received zero votes. It was a decent first class of players.

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