Arguing over who is a first ballot Hall of Fame player and who deserves to get in on their fifth try is such a tacky and incomprehensible debate voters will get into. You’re either a Hall of Fame player or you’re not. Unfortunately for these three former New York Mets players, voters were united in not voting for them.
While not quite there as locks for Cooperstown, these three barely received any attention at all when they were first featured on the ballot. They were quick one-and-done.
1) John Olerud
John Olerud is one of those former Mets players who gets better as more statistics get created. Walking as much as he did and hitting for such a great batting average all while adding some power make him a baseball nerd’s dream come true. It helps that he even added a couple of Gold Gloves late in his career after leaving the Mets for the Seattle Mariners.
Olerud isn’t a Hall of Famer and yet there are some numbers that stand out. His .295/.398/.465 slash line at a position other than first base probably would get more attention. Hitting just 255 home runs at a traditional power spot while playing through the Steroid Era definitely cost Olerud some Hall of Fame recognition. His 2239 career hits weren’t nearly enough to put him among the greatest of all-time.
When Olerud landed on the ballot for the one and only time, he received a measly 0.7% of the vote. Seeing only two All-Star selections might have been enough to convince voters he wasn’t better than many of his peers. This may be true, but it’s hard to see how a guy as well-rounded as Olerud would fail to even crack a percentage point.
The 2011 Hall of Fame ballot results weren't pleasant for Mets fans who also saw Leiter get the same 0.7% from four votes. The Hall of Fame class was headlined by Roberto Alomar whose time with the Mets we all try to forget.