The Hall of Fame voting period opens today for the 2018 induction ceremonies.
While there are a trio of worthy players in their first-year of eligibility, there are also some who have been on the ballot before and who are hoping this will be their year.
The notable names include southpaw Dick Slurve, who played seven seasons with the Richmond Ravens, winning two Bull Cups and a Gold Crown award, batting .325 with 3 home runs and 8 RBIs in 1999, before the designated-hitter rule came into effect in the American Eagle League.
In fact, Slurve often helped win his own games from the plate, and is the all-time leader among pitchers in home runs, with 6, as well as the all-time leader in runs scored, at 33.
Slurve’s pitching was great as well, going 88-57 over his career, with a 3.69 ERA, 1,036 K’s over 1,269.2 innings, and a career WHIP of just 1.25. This is his 3rd year on the ballot.
Also on the ballot again is Jacques Papierclip, a mountain man starting pitcher who towers at 6’6″ and 245 lbs. Papierclip amassed a record of 98-66, with a 3.18 ERA, and 1,013 K’s over 24 seasons. He played for the Chicoutimi Cinquantes, Hamilton Crusaders, Richmond Ravens, Nevada Speeders, and New York Minutemen, but was best known for his 8 years with the Seattle Salts, where he won a team-best 50 games and holds team records in single-season and career ERA. He is the winningest pitcher in Seattle history, both in a single season (.923 in 2007) and over a career (.602).
Papierclip’s number #59 was retired by Seattle in 2011. Last year was his first time on the ballot, and he earned 66.8% of the votes, he could see a big bump in that number this time around but we may not see him inducted until 2019 or 2020.
Canadian Errol Corfield, who spent his entire 15 season career with Chicoutimi, is on the ballot for a fourth time. Although an accomplished first baseman, with 8 All-Star appearances and a career .314 batting average, he has struggled when compared to other inductees such as George Slammer, Chuck Provost, Chris Felix and Mike Lapi. He never took home a batting title or led the league in any stat category, but does hold numerous Chicoutimi career batting records, such as most hits, total bases, runs, and others.
However this year’s vote goes, the best of the best are on the ballot and the Hall of Fame will welcome any inductees with open arms. It is almost certain there will be at least one induction, given the last time a ballot closed with no new admissions was in 2011.