Thursday, January 07, 2010

The Hawk is in

One of my baseball heroes growing up was Andre Dawson. He was a class act who played with the Cubs during the prime of his career. After many years on the "list" he was finally voted in this year as the true hall of famer is he. I am a big hall of fame watcher. It's one of my side hobbies. The baseball hall of fame is very intriguing for several reasons. It is a very political process, the Veteran's committee is a mess (they have yet to elect a player) but most of all the steroids era and the hall of fame ar about to collide and something has got to give. This hall of fame could be the only hall of fame where all the players that own the major records are prevented from entering (think Bonds, Rose and Clemens). I think eventually this will have to be rectified. Here are my predictions for the coming years. If you are not a HOF follower and do not get into these discussions then sorry, just stop reading here:

Class of 2011

Jeff Bagwell, Rafael Palmeiro*, Larry Walker, Juan Gonzalez*, John Franco

Class of 2012:

Bernie Williams

Class of 2013:

Barry Bonds*, Roger Clemens*, Craig Biggio, Curt Schilling, Sammy Sosa*, Mike Piazza, David Wells,

Class of 2014: Eric Gagne*, Tom Glavine, Jeff Kent, Greg Maddux, Mike Mussina, Frank Thomas, Jim Edmonds

Class of 2015: Randy Johnson

Remaining Holdovers: Bert Blyleven, Roberto Alomar, Jack Morris, Barry Larkin, Lee Smith, Edgar Martinez, Tim Raines, Mark McGwire*, Alan Trammell, Fred McGriff, Don Mattingly, Dave Parker, Dale Murphy, Harold Baines

Blue – Will get elected eventually by the BBWAA. Some will have to wait until the steroids dust settles.

Red - First year electors to the BBHOF

Highlighted – outside chance of getting elected by the BBWAA or the Veteran’s Committee (assuming the Veteran’s Committee changes its rules eventually).

*Players who have had careers tainted by the use of steroids

Note - I only included players who had a chance of even getting the 5% of votes required to remain on the ballot from year to year. A couple players such as Gagne and Williams may not even make that cut. 2013 will be a very interesting and telling year. What happens that year will determine what happens in many years to come for the steroid tainted players. Other players still currently playing ball will also be affected, such as Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez.

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