Voting For 1: Trevor Hoffman OR Andy Pettitte
OK, so I realize that nobody is holding a gun to your head. And I also realize that if you had a vote as a member of the Baseball Writer’s of America that you can make your own decisions and either vote for both, one, or neither of these two recently retired pitchers.
But this is blog-land, and here we force issues, make up stories, and love our sport.
So, my question for you tonight is simple – If you had to pick one, and only one of these guys, would you vote for Trevor Hoffman or Andy Pettitte to be enshrined at Cooperstown??
Within the last few weeks, I have debated the issue for each player and their potential candidacy for Hall of Fame election in five years. If you want to recap those great posts, you can read the one I did on Trevor Hoffman by clicking here, and then follow that up with my Andy Pettitte story here.
But now, putting their careers on paper and side-by-side I would love to see which way the pendulum swings when you are forced to cast just one vote.
Here are their respective numbers:
|Cy Young||(2)2nd Place||(1)2nd Place|
And while I fully understand that it is not easy to compare a starting pitcher to a closer for multiple reasons, I think that you can easily match these guys up to the current crop of recently retired pitchers to compare numbers and make a decision.
So that is what I will ask you to do now – Make a decision. And once you have, please leave a comment on this post so I can get your thoughts and tally up the votes.
And since I was the one who started this debate, I will cast my vote now…
Keeping you scrolling…
Andy Pettitte. Of the two, I find him to be the more accomplished pitcher when it comes to winning. And while I absolutely value the role of the ‘closer’ more now than what I did five years ago, I still don’t have a single ‘Trevor Hoffman Moment’ that I hold in my memory. His numbers may be better, but to me Hoffman is second-fiddle to Eckersley, Rivera, Gossage, Fingers, and Lee Smith. And while Pettitte cannot touch Palmer, Seaver, Ryan, or Gibson, he has won more than all of them – and that says a lot.
Pettitte 1, Hoffman 0.
Cast your vote now!!!