Many players consider getting voted into the hall of fame as the biggest honor in Baseball. Below, I put a full list of players on the ballot, but the four front runners are at the bottom. I also included a brief synopsis of their career highlights.
Harold Baines—played DH and right field for 22 years. Had a .300 average most years. Six time all-star. In top ten of MVP voting twice. Not In. Although he had a great average most years, his stats just aren't quite there.
Jay Bell—Played infield, mostly shortstop. Won a gold glove. In 1999, he had 38 Homers, second-highest season home run total for him has 18. Not In. I also wondered how he might have gotten those 38 homers one year. He was a pretty good ball player, similar to Derek Jeter. (Not quite as good!)
Bert Blyleven—3701 career strikeouts and finished third in Cy Young twice. 287 career wins. 19 wins in 1984. In the Hall of Fame. He has 5th most K's, and with nearly 300 wins, I actually see him as a shoo in.
David Cone—Threw a perfect game with the Yankees. 2668 strikeouts, .606 winning percentage. Possibly in the Hall of Fame. He mostly spent his career on pretty good teams, hence the great winning percentage. Throwing a perfect game really puts him into consideration. A perfect game is the best thing that can happen to a pitcher during his career.
Andre Dawson—49 Home runs in 1987. Won an MVP. Not in. He may have won MVP, but I don't see him in. He missed the nomination a few times, and he'll miss it again this year.
Ron Grant—Two 30-30 seasons. .303 average in 1991. Not In. 30-30 is impressive, but there is much more talent on this list than Grant has.
Mark Grace—Four gold gloves at First Base, .303 career average. Possibley in. Great career average, pretty good defender. He may get in someday, but not this year.
Ricky Henderson—All-time leader in runs and stolen bases. Need I say more? In the Hall of Fame. Any questions about this guy getting in?
Tommy John—Had a ligament and surgery named after him. Pitched 26 years. 288 wins. Possibly in the Hall of Fame. 26 years is a heck of a long time to pitched, and John pitched 26 good years. I see him getting in someday, but not this year with the other names on this list.
Don Mattingly—Spent his entire career as a Yankee. Nine gold gloves. 1985 MVP. Six time all-star. Possibly in the Hall of Fame. Being his first try, I highly doubt he'll get in. One of the greatest Yankees ever, though.
Mark McGwire—Held the single season record for home runs at one point. 583 career home runs. Not in. Steroid scandals ruined any chance of him getting in.
Jack Morris—3.90 career ERA. Five time All-star. Not in. The career ERA is pretty good, but not great.
Dale Murphy—Seven-time all-star. 30 plus home runs six times. Not in. He will be on many more ballots in his life. He may never get in, but he had a good, if not great, career.
Jesse Orosco—24 year career. 3.16 career ERA. Possibly in. Long time pitching, and good ERA. Not this year, but look for him in the future.
Dave Parker—.290 career average. 339 Homers. Won MVP. Not in. He won an MVP, but that's not enough. Only 339 HRs and a .290 average. Many players on this list have more than that.
Dan Plesac—six great years, with a total of 256 saves. Had around twenty saves the rest of his career. Possibley in. Closers don't last as long as Mo-RO has, and this guy's a perfect example. During those six years, he had complete and total dominance. The rest of his career, he just wasn't quite the threat. Those six years could get him in someday.
Tim Raines—seven-time all-star. .294 Batting average. 808 stolen bases. 2605 hits. Not in. He just isn't as great as other players. He was part of the great 1994 Expos, and his stats are good, like many other player's that played on that team. His, though, aren't the best.
Jim Rice—Won an MVP award. .298 batting average. Possibly in. He's overrated. Nearly a .300 career average is pretty impressive.
Lee Smith—3.03 career ERA. Lost more games than won, however, he was never on great teams. Possibley in. I don't think he had enough publicity in his career. Actually, I didn't know really well who he is until a couple of days ago. I had just heard the name.
Alan Trammell—Six-time all-star. .285 career average. Not in. Tim Raines has better stats than him. He will never be in.
Greg Vaughn—1072 career RBI. Three-time all-star. Not in. He didn't play in that many all-star games, and for a power hitter, had a low homer total.
Mo Vaughn—Won MVP. .293 career average. Not in. Steroids and a short career ruined his chances.
Matt Williams—Six-time all-star. 1318 RBI. Possibly in. He had a great career, but won't be in this year.
Baseball analysts have told us Ricky Henderson is a sure fire Hall-of-Famer, but who else will come in with him? It could be Blyleven Dawson, or Rice.
Most likely, Bert Blyleven.
He is a great pitcher, lots of strikeouts, and nearly three-hundred wins.
Look to see who gets in early 2009.