In just over a week, the Bull League Hall of Fame will announce its 2018 inductees, and so far the rumored leading vote-getter is Jacques Papierclip, though he may not garner enough votes to make it in.
Jacques played 24 seasons as a starting pitcher in the Bull League, retiring at age 41 from the New York Minutemen in 2011. Over his career he amassed a record of 98-66, playing in 265 games and crafting a 3.18 career ERA (tied at 8th on the career leaders list).
Papierclip was an 8-time all-star, but in spite of having some incredibly successful seasons, such as his 2007 year with Seattle, when he was 12-1, he never won a Sandy Koufax Award. However, he was widely recognizes as one of the best hitting pitchers in baseball, taking a Gold Crown Award in 1997 back when the leagues did not use the DH rule. That season, he batted .270, going 10-for-37 in 17 games, with three doubles, a homer and a pair of RBIs, and suffering only 9 strikeouts.
The balloting period remains open right up until December 31, with results to be announced on January 7.