Rays OF and 2017 team MVP Steven Souza Jr. made clear his objection to my Hall of Fame ballot:
And he wasn't the only one.
Besides the 5,600-plus people who liked Souza's tweet, the Times heard – via Twitter, Facebook and email – from hundreds of readers who wanted to express their opinion about the ballot, which looked like this:
Jones, Guerrero, Thome and Hoffman were elected on Wednesday.
Here is a sampling, first from email:
Where is Edgar Martinez on your ballot? The TOP THREE pitchers of this generation ALL listed him as the TOUGHEST OUT they ever faced! THE DH (one of the toughest positions to adjust to in baseball) AWARD IS NAMED AFTER EDGAR MARTINEZ!!
– Denis Sparks
Wow! Your HOF ballot stinks! Fred McGriff, Billy Wagner, Mike Mussina, Gary Sheffield, and no Edgar Martinez! Come on! Souza is right scorning you. All hispanics fans in the Tampa area are going to hate you. Be prepared!
– Miguel A. Suau
Excellent, I agree with all but Bonds and Clemens not only cheated but were jerks too.
– David Adamson
Then from Facebook:
Gotta explain the yes to bonds and Clemens (which I concur) but the no to Sosa?
– Sandy Topkin (yep, my own brother)
And now some of the more, um, colorful ones from Twitter:
Including these folks that sided with Souza:
Not everyone we heard from hated it:
And this one seemed like an appropriate, um, ending: