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Will he still be looking after the vote on Monday?
Bags was a Rookie of the Year and an MVP. His 449 HRs, 1,529 RBI and OBP of .408 should put him over the top.
In his MVP year of 1994 (110 games), he batted .368, hit 39 HRs and drove in a league-leading 116 runs.
He hit 40-plus HRs three times, over 30 six more and drove in 100-plus runs eight times.
Some like him and some do not. That does not bode well when you consider the fickle nature of the writers who elect these players.
My prediction for the election on Monday? Larkin and Bagwell together.
The Rest of Them
Of the remaining 21 players men, 13 are on the ballot for the first time. Of those 13, probably at least six will not only be their first but also their final ballot. Each player must garner at least five percent (5%) of the vote to continue to be placed on the ballot.
Jack Morris is making his 13th appearance and with only 53.5 percent of the votes his chances are slim to none.
Dale Murphy is making his 14th, next-to-last attempt at the Hall of Fame. A very good player, but will be a trivia footnote along with Roger Maris and Juan Gonzalez as players with two MVP awards and not in the Hall of Fame.
Don Mattingly will show up for the 12th time and with less than 13 percent of the votes will be overlooked again. Face it, if he would get in, why wouldn't Will Clark be there?
Lee Smith is on his 10th ballot and like Morris, with less than 50 percent of the votes needed, should realize his best chance will lie with the veterans committee.
Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro are poster boys for what not to take in order to be a good baseball player. Both, especially Rafy would have the statistics to make it into Cooperstown. Sadly, both probably never will.
Larry Walker and Bernie Williams are my picks to hang on for several years before fading off into Hall of Fame obscurity.
Here are side-by-side statistics of the entire 2012 ballot.