On his first Major League Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, former Cleveland Indians infielder Mark Grudzielanek should be voted in
Editor’s note: We shamelessly stole this idea — full of tongue-in-cheek humor! — from MLB and Cut4. Sorry.
Former Indians infielder Mark Grudzielanek is in his first year of eligibility for the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, and the Hall’s new class will be announced Wednesday evening.
We think Grudzielanek should make it. Here’s why:
- If voted in, he would surpass Carl Yastrzemski as longest name ever voted in by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Only Red Schoendienst (Veterans Committee inductee) would equal the record of 12 letters. Mark would join Hall of Famers Johnny Mize, Yastrzemski, Tony Lazzeri, Phil Rizzuto and Bill Mazeroski only players with a “z” in middle of last name, not at the end (like Pedro Martinez, etc.).
- Grudzielanek is one of 14 players all-time to log at least 30 games at second base at 40 years or older, joining the likes of Omar Vizquel, Rabbit Maranville, Craig Biggio, Nap Lajoie, Eddie Collins and Jeff Kent. (Grudz ranks last with 30 games on that list)
- Finished 27th in NL MVP voting in 2003. Others receiving votes — you may have heard of Barry Bonds, Albert Pujols, Gary Sheffield, Jim Thome and more!
- From 1950 on, one of only 25 instances where a player had a 100% stolen base rate at age 40 or older with at least 2 steals. (He was 2-for-2 in 2010)
Sincere tip of the hat goes to MLB.com reporter Jordan Bastian, who did some of the heavy lifting here.