Johnson: Of prospects and retreads

From SABR member Chuck Johnson at The Futurists on December 28, 2015:

With the calendar winding down on an eventful 2015 season it’s time to turn our attention towards the possibilities next year will bring, starting with the January 6th announcement of the Hall of Fame Class of 2016. I’m a well known “small Hall” guy and when you combine that with a solid anti-steroid stance it’s pretty easy to eliminate most of the ballot. As a matter of fact, my recently submitted IBWAA ballot contains just three names.

There is no more pointless argument among the masses than the Hall of Fame election process and the subsequent electees. None of us have a vote, none of us will ever have a vote, and very few really understand the hows and whys of how the process works, so it’s best just to stay out of it altogether.

When it comes to our passion, prospects and rookies, it’s going to be almost impossible to surpass the accomplishments of the Class of 2015. From Rookies of the Year Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa to their respective supporting casts led by Noah Syndergaard and Francisco Lindor, first year players performed at a historic rate. Every postseason team received contributions from at least one rookie, without which their playoff appearance would have been in question. Syndergaard and Kansas City outfielder Paulo Orlando played significant and at times starring roles in leading their respective teams into the World Series.

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Originally published: December 28, 2015. Last Updated: December 28, 2015.