Next Year’s Hall Of Fame Favorites And Hopefuls
With the Hall of Fame voting behind us, let’s turn our attention to next year’s selections – adding in the first-time eligibles and taking away those who were 5 percented and aged out (Don Mattingly).
First the newly eligible: Ken Griffey, Trevor Hoffman, Billy Wagner, Jim Edmonds, Garret Anderson, Jason Kendall and Troy Glaus.
Griffey – despite an injury-plagued back half off his career – is a sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer. He hit 630 home runs and put up a .284/.370/.538 line over a 22-year career that included a WAR of an astounding 76.1 from 1989 to 2000.
Other than Junior, there will be some support for Hoffman, who retired as the all-time saves leader before it Mariano Rivera took it away. His candidacy will be harmed by Rivera (who was a much better pitcher).
Other than that, any new inductees will have to come from the veteran Hall eligibles.
Mike Piazza has been trending in the right direction and should make it. Curt Schilling may benefit from a lack of pitching depth ahead of him.
Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Jeff Bagwell will still have their issues with a certain segment of the voters.
Which leaves us with Tim Raines, who clearly deserves to be in and may benefit from the thin first-time class as well.
Here are the players who did will return to the ballot next year, along with the percentage of votes they received and how many years they’ve been on the ballot:
|Mike Piazza||384 (69.9)||3|
|Jeff Bagwell||306 (55.7)||5|
|Tim Raines||302 (55)||8|
|Curt Schilling||215 (39.2)||3|
|Roger Clemens||206 (37.5)||3|
|Barry Bonds||202 (36.8)||3|
|Lee Smith||166 (30.2)||13|
|Edgar Martinez||148 (27)||6|
|Alan Trammell||138 (25.1)||14|
|Mike Mussina||135 (24.6)||2|
|Jeff Kent||77 (14)||2|
|Fred McGriff||71 (12.9)||9|
|Larry Walker||65 (11.8)||5|
|Gary Sheffield||64 (11.7)||1|
|Mark McGwire||55 (10)||9|
|Sammy Sosa||36 (6.6)||3|
|Nomar Garciaparra||30 (5.5)||1|