Baseball Hall of Fame 2014: Induction Odds for This Year's Top 15 Candidates

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Baseball Hall of Fame 2014: Induction Odds for This Year's Top 15 Candidates
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Will former teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine get inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame together?

Unlike last year, the Baseball Hall of Fame should feature a full dance card this year, as a major assortment of stars vie for enshrinement in Cooperstown.

Riots would occur if the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) could once again not muster up the necessary 75 percent of votes to elect someone into the Hall of Fame. Several deserving candidates will get another shot, but they'll now have to fend off more studs emerging onto the scene.

This time around, it's conceivable that five men will take the stage to be honored in 2014.

There's one ace who would power through unanimously if all the voters were just, and there is another with a magical number that should serve as his meal ticket.

A big bopper will test the resiliency of the voters to trust any power hitters who played when PED use ran rampant, and two men that missed by a narrow margin in the past are poised to veer closer to the mark this year.

The electorate can only select a maximum of 10 players for their ballot, but one can make the case for at least a dozen of these players warranting a spot in Cooperstown. That will force some viable candidates to keep waiting for that joyous phone call.

Before breaking down the likelihood of the 15 most notable candidates getting inserted into the Hall, though, remember that this is not my personal ranking of the most deserving players. Even if I disagree with their measures of evaluation, I know which numbers many old-school voters like, which gives certain men an edge.

So even if the data speaks strongly for some guys, their chances are dim without a fancy milestone-breaking number to dangle in front of the ultimate deciders.

 

Note: Advanced statistics are courtesy of Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs. 

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