The 5 Players Who Should Have Been Voted into the 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame

Gabe Salgado@@GabeSalgado82Correspondent IIIJanuary 13, 2013

The 5 Players Who Should Have Been Voted into the 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame

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    Last week, the Baseball Writers Association of America did not elect any of the eligible players into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Many of the players who were up for election this year will forever be associated with the infamous steroid era.

    Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro and Mark McGwire have all been linked to steroid use. Jeff Bagwell and Mike Piazza have never been linked to PED's, but some have questioned whether or not they did cheat because of the numbers they put up in their careers.

    Many of the players on this year's ballot didn't have the greatest career stats. But I think there were five players who deserved to be elected this year. These five players were snubbed by the BBWAA. Many baseball fans have advocated for the election of these five men.

    I am advocating for their induction as well. The BBWAA likes to play politics when it comes to Hall of Fame elections every year.

    Here are some other players who I feel could be elected to the Hall of Fame:

    • Edgar Martinez, one of the greatest players to be used as a designated hitter. 
    • Don Mattingly, one of the best first basemen of all time.
    • Julio Franco—his longevity speaks for itself.
    • Alan Trammell, one of the best infielders of his generation.

    Now, here are the five players who should have been elected for enshrinement into the Hall of Fame...

5. Jack Morris

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    Jack Morris was one of the more consistent pitchers in the history of the game. He finished his career with 2,478 strikeouts, a 3.90 lifetime ERA and a win-loss record of 254-186. He has also played in five All-Star games; he's won four World Series rings; and he was the 1991 World Series MVP.

    It's a shame that he's been denied election time and time again. Hopefully, the baseball writers will come to their senses in 2014.

4. Lee Smith

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    How can you not elect the guy who was baseball's all-time saves leader for more than a decade? Along with his 478 career saves, he also had 1,251 career strikeouts, a lifetime earned run average of 3.03, and he was a seven-time All-Star.

    It's hard to find a pitcher these days who can pitch for almost 20 years without any major injuries, and who can put up consistent numbers along the way. Lee Smith deserves to be in Cooperstown.

3. Curt Schilling

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    Curt Schilling has three World Series rings and four World Series appearances; he's a six-time All-Star; and has won numerous awards in his 19-year career. He is also a member of the 3,000 strikeout club, is devoted to charity work and will always be remembered for his dominating playoff performance with the bloody sock.

    There is no secret that Curt Schilling didn't have the best relationship with the media. Which could be the reason why he hasn't been elected to the hall yet. But I feel that what he's done as a player has earned him a spot in the hallowed hall.

2. Fred McGriff

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    Anyone who had the "Crime Dog" on their team knew that they were guaranteed an easy 90-100 RBI. The left-handed first basemen was one of the better hitters in the game. Yes, he retired short of getting 500 home runs and 3,000 hits, but you can't deny the offensive spark he brought every time he stepped in the batters box.

    He's a five-time All-Star, a three-time Silver Slugger Award winner and a World Series champion. McGriff has played on five playoff teams, he's won four division championships, two pennants, and is one of the most respected players of all-time.

    Unfortunately, the majority of his career was played during the prime of the steroid era, which could explain why he wasn't voted into the hall. But I think it's safe to say that he was probably one of the few players who was clean during that time period.

1. Craig Biggio

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    Craig Biggio was the ultimate go-to guy for the Houston Astros. He is best known for his days as a second baseman, but he began his career as a catcher. He also played center field for a short period of time.

    Biggio stuck with the Astros through thick and thin, through good times and bad, and remained loyal when he could have gone elsewhere in his career. The seven-time All-Star is one of the greatest players in the history of the Astros franchise.

    He's a member of the 3,000 hit club, a four-time Gold Glove winner, a five-time Silver Slugger Award winner and has his number retired. Biggio was a core member of the last Astros team to play in the World Series (2005).

    He is another victim of the steroid era. Jeff Bagwell was his teammate from 1991 to 1995. Bagwell has never been accused of using PEDs, but many suspect the possibility that he could have used them.

    It's a shame that the BBWAA has left Biggio out of Cooperstown this year. I think he is the most deserving out of this year's eligible players.