Mike Piazza, Hall of Famer?

Former Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time this year. Voting began last month and concludes in January. Earlier, we asked you who you thought belonged in the Hall, and a lot of you liked Piazza.

I could probably link to at least a dozen written pro/con Piazza arguments, but I’ll single out the one Jay Jaffe wrote for SI.com today for its even-handedness between numbers and anecdotes, and its fair treatment of the PED question. (Piazza wasn’t ever connected to steroids on the record, though he did admit to using androstenedione early in his career.)

My two cents: Piazza is a first ballot HOFer, and I’d like to believe that voters will agree.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.