Every Hall of Fame voter is allowed their own opinion, but it's an odd coincidence when fans can deliberately point to classic "homer-ism" as a motivation for which players get enshrined in Cooperstown.
Alan Greenwood, the sports editor at the Nashua Telegraph in New Hampshire, revealed his Hall of Fame ballot on Twitter, with Manny Ramirez and Curt Schilling standing out, along with Barry Bonds, Derek Jeter and Roger Clemens.
All things considered, we don't hate this. At least Greenwood is consistent, opting not to fall into the obvious old-school trap of keeping any player remotely associated with steroids off the ballot entirely. On Greenwood's ballot, we have three potential steroid users (Clemens never publicly admitted), a controversial choice in Schilling and a no-brainer in Jeter.
Clemens and Bonds, in particular, are two of the game's greats, and their baseball immortality is ensured regardless of whether or not some sports writers deem their alleged offenses too serious for induction.
Ramirez, on the other hand, is a longshot to ever receive such buzz. His 555 home runs and .312 career batting average prove he's one of the best hitters of his time, but his proven steroid use takes away from that reputation and tarnishes any attempt to get into the Hall.