They’re Too Strong for Clippers: The Ron Swanson Baseball Hall of Fame

Update: The voting is closed.  Old Hoss Radbourn, quite properly had the most votes with 94.  We’ll use that as a baseline, assuming no one could be foolish enough to not vote for him.  75% of 94 is 70.5.  We’ll round down to 70.  Which means that our inaugural Ron Swanson Baseball Hall of Fame class is as follows:

Old Hoss Radbourn, 94 votes

Ty Cobb, 89 votes

Nolan Ryan, 80 votes

Jeff Bagwell, 70 votes

Lou Gehrig, 70 votes

Frankly, that seems reasonable.  You win this round, John Locke.

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When our country was born, our founding fathers mistakenly bestowed upon us a republic, in which the will of the people would determine the course of our nation, rather than an enlightened despotism based on the whims of Ron Swanson, as Thomas Hobbes had been advocating all along.

And so, since our Belovéd Swanson is barred from ruling by decree due to the Constitution and the fact that he is indeed fictional in nature, it falls to us, the multitude, to choose for him who belongs in his Baseball Hall of Fame.  I don’t like it any more than you do, but such is the will of John Locke, who fricking ruins everything.

Yesterday, you recall, we proposed several candidates.  Today, we will choose the introductory class for the Ron Swanson Baseball Hall of Fame.  Everyone on the original list I proposed, as well as those players and managers both nominated and seconded in the comments section are available for your vote, and you can vote for multiple candidates.  As with the regular Hall of Fame, a candidate requires 75% of the vote to make it in, unless no one achieves that threshold, at which point, we’ll just give it to the top three vote-getters or something.  It should be chaos…glorious chaos…which will demonstrate once and for all how stupid John Locke was.



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Yirmiyahu
Member

The 75% threshold is hard when you don’t know how many ballots were submitted (only individual votes). Maybe we could just assume that Nolan Ryan was named on 100% of the ballots, and calculate from there?

Also: where the hell is Wade Boggs? The man’s got it all: a manly mustache, gorging on chicken before every day, drunkenness, an extramarital affair, and trying to capitalize on his HoF induction cap.

The Common Man
Guest

Bah! This isn’t working out like I wanted it to at all! Damn you, John Locke! We will soldier on as best as we can.

As for Wade Boggs, he either just missed the cut or in the glut of other options, I forgot to add him. You take your pick. Maybe he’ll make the second class.

dkmuldoon
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dkmuldoon

“Maybe we could just assume that Nolan Ryan was named on 100% of the ballots…”

I can definitively say that this is not the case.

Yirmiyahu
Member

Right. At the time I said that, Ryan was the leading vote-getter.

But, looking at the results now, Radbourn leads with 95 votes, so at least 95 ballots were cast…. Which means, at most, only 3 guys reached the 75% threshold (Radbourn, Cobb, Ryan). If 107+ ballots were cast, Nolan Ryan didn’t meet the threshold. If 122+ ballots were cast, Ty Cobb didn’t meet the threshold either. If 127+ ballots were cast, no one met the threshold.

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman

I just realized I forgot to nominate Dirk Hayhurst for Autographing Baseballs with Violent Depictions of Fire-Breathing Garfeese.

Bill@TPA
Guest

Something weird about the way it’s tabulating the votes, I think. Unless 305 people have actually voted, and almost all of them have only picked one guy.

Lukehart80
Guest
Lukehart80

I think people are really overlooking how important woodworking is to Ron Swanson when they don’t vote for Hillerich.

Dan McCloskey
Guest

I think it’s calculating results as a percentage of total votes, not total voters.

SAmmy
Guest

We forgot B. Chen.

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