How the BBWAA candidates qualify for the Rotisserie Hall of Fame

by Ron Shandler

Last week, the MLB Network's Brian Kenny tweeted, "I do know this: the only approach that will stand the test of time, is "performance only". #HoF" That's exactly what we're doing here.

The voting results of the BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot will be announced on January 8. While this year's ballot has generated its fair share of controversy, the Rotisserie Hall of Fame filters provide a more definitive assessment.

Here is how players are evaluated for the Roto Hall:

All players must have a minimum of 10 seasons in the Majors and finish ranked among the annual top 15 of all batters or pitchers at least once. In addition, BATTERS must meet at least two of these three criteria:

Minimum of $20 average dollar value over the course of his career.
Minimum of $25 average dollar value during his peak 10 years.
Must have finished ranked among the annual top 15 of all batters at least 4 times

PITCHERS must meet at least two of these three criteria:

Minimum of $15 average dollar value over the course of his career.
Minimum of $20 average dollar value during his peak 7 years. 
Must have finished ranked among the annual top 15 of all pitchers at least 4 times.

Complete details about the eligibility criteria appear here.

Here are the players on the BBWAA ballot and how they fare using the Roto Hall system:

Moises Alou is a non-qualifier, with a $19 career, $24 peak and two Top-15 finishes.

Jeff Bagwell would have already been inducted after the 2005 season. He was one Top-15 season away from qualifying for the Gold wing of the Hall. His 1994 season earned a whopping $52. Completely dominating career.

Armando Benitez is a non-qualifier, with a $9 career, $18 peak and one Top-15 finish.

Craig Biggio would have already been inducted after the 2007 season.

Barry Bonds would have already been inducted after the 2007 season. A Gold member, he already had eight Top-15 seasons under his belt before there was even a hint of steroids. Take away every season after 1998 and he's still a shoo-in.

Sean Casey is a non-qualifier, with a $12 career, $15 peak and no Top-15 finishes.

Roger Clemens would have already been inducted after the 2007 season. Had he retired after his tenure with Boston, he still would have more than qualified, with eight Top-15 seasons. He's one of only 12 Gold members.

Ray Durham is a non-qualifier, with a $19 career, $21 peak and no Top-15 finishes.

Eric Gagne is a non-qualifier, with a $10 career, $14 peak and three Top-15 finishes. Those three seasons were his only truly productive years.

Tom Glavine would have already been inducted after the 2008 season.

Luis Gonzalez is a non-qualifier, with an $18 career, $24 peak and one Top-15 finish.

Jacque Jones is a non-qualifier, with a 10-year career that earned just $15 and no Top-15 finishes.

Todd Jones is a non-qualifier, with an $8 career, $12 peak and no Top-15 finishes.

Jeff Kent would have already been inducted after the 2008 season.

Paul LoDuca is a non-qualifier, with a $7 career, $9 peak and no Top-15 finishes.

Greg Maddux would have already been inducted after the 2008 season. A Gold member, he was a Top-15 player for 10 seasons, eight of them consecutive.

Edgar Martinez generates some interesting discussion, however, he misses qualifying. He had an $18 career, $25 peak and one Top-15 finish.

Don Mattingly would have already been inducted after the 1995 season. While his career admittedly tailed off early, the perception of his productivity was colored by the lower offensive seasons in which he played. For instance, the 14-86-.288 line he put up in 1992 -- pedestrian by today's standards -- was a $26 season back then.

Fred McGriff would have already been inducted after the 2004 season.

Mark McGwire would have already been inducted after the 2001 season. This is perhaps one player whose Roto Hall eligibility was boosted by steroid use.

Jack Morris would have already been inducted after the 1994 season, but just barely. The questions about his BBWAA eligibility are real, and if not for his 1987 season, he would have fallen short.

Mike Mussina would have already been inducted after the 2008 season. Despite just one 20-win season, he finished in the Top-15 of all pitchers nine times.

Hideo Nomo is a non-qualifier, with a $10 career, $15 peak and two Top-15 finishes. After his first two excellent seasons, his career tailed sharply.

Rafael Palmeiro would have already been inducted after the 2005 season. Three of his four Top-15 seasons came before 1996.

Mike Piazza would have already been inducted after the 2007 season.

Tim Raines would have already been inducted after the 2002 season. This is one player whose longevity may have worked against him. But the first half of his career was obscene.

Kenny Rogers is a non-qualifier, with a $7 career, $12 peak and one Top-15 finish.

Curt Schilling would have already been inducted after the 2007 season.

Richie Sexson is a non-qualifier, with a $15 career, $18 peak and no Top-15 finishes.

Lee Smith would have already been inducted after the 1997 season. It's tough enough for relief pitchers to clear the Roto Hall filters, but Smith is one of nine closers who have.

J.T. Snow is a non-qualifier, with a $10 career, $14 peak and no Top-15 finishes.

Sammy Sosa would have already been inducted after the 2007 season. For what it's worth, he did more damage in the period from 1998 onward than in the period before. Another Gold member.

Frank Thomas would have already been inducted after the 2008 season. Although considered a solid candidate for BBWAA induction, do note that his candidacy is driven by the numbers he put up during first half of his career.

Mike Timlin is a non-qualifier, with a $6 career, $8 peak and no Top-15 finishes.

Alan Trammell is a non-qualifier, with an $18 career, $24 peak and one Top-15 finish. His defense makes him a more viable candidate for the BBWAA Hall.

Larry Walker would have already been inducted after the 2005 season. Coors product or no, you can't ignore that $55 season he put up in 1997. Won many a fantasy title that year.

Fully 20 of the 36 players on the BBWAA ballot are already in the Roto Hall. Of the other 16, only a handful are potentially Hall-worthy for BBWAA induction.

The 2014 inductees to the Rotisserie Hall of Fame will be announced here on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

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