Though Win Shares give only a crude indication of a player's overall contributions, the measure does provide a means for quickly assessing the 2009 candidates. By that measure, Jim Rice was no better than the 12th candidate among this year's class.
If I had a ballot, I would have voted for the following players:
Rickey HendersonMcGwire was a close call because of the many allegations about steroids, but given baseball's willingness to ignore racism for many decades in deciding Hall membership, I'm going to be willing to ignore alleged cases of steroid abuse. For now anyway.
Alan Trammell (SS)
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