I thought I would give my take on the newly elected HOF’s. First off, I would have voted for both. They both deserved it and I’m proud they are in. Some people will disagree with the Rice being Hall-material, but I congratulate him and wish him the best. Just to be mentioned is great. Henderson was a shoo-in and should have at least been given 98% of the vote. I don’t see what kind of argument you could have made to make me think that Rickey was not a Hall of Famer. He should have been given the full 100% in my mind.
I will just say that if I could vote, I would have given votes to both of them, Dale Murphy, Bert Blyleven, Andre Dawson, Lee Smith, Harold Baines, Tim Raines and probably Tommy John. They are all Hall of Famers in my book. Next year might be more exciting. Blyleven and Dawson will be favorites coming back. They will be going against a class that will be highlighted by Roberto Alomar, Ellis Burks, Fred McGriff, Barry Larkin, Andres Galarraga and Edgar Martinez. Alomar and Larkin might be get more than 75% on their first year, but it will be a tough test.
- 2009: Jay Bell, David Cone, Ron Gant, Mark Grace, Rickey Henderson, Jesse Orosco, Dan Plesac, Greg Vaughn, Mo Vaughn, Matt Williams.
Henderson this year (along with Rice) Blyleven and Dawson (not on newcomers list)
- 2010: Roberto Alomar, Kevin Appier,
Andy Ashby, Ellis Burks, Dave Burba, Andres Galarraga, Pat Hentgen,
Mike Jackson, Eric Karros, Ray Lankford, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez,
Fred McGriff, Mark McLemore, Shane Reynolds, David Segui, Robin
Ventura, Fernando Vina, Todd Zeile
Alomar and McGriff first year, Matinez and Burks later.
- 2011: Wilson Alvarez, Carlos Baerga,
Jeff Bagwell, Bret Boone, Kevin Brown, Cal Eldred, John Franco, Juan
Gonzalez, Marquis Grissom, Bobby Higginson, Charles Johnson, Al Leiter,
Tino Martinez, Raul Mondesi, Jose Offerman, John Olerud, Rafael
Palmeiro, Paul Quantrill, Steve Reed, Kirk Rueter, Rey Sanchez, Benito
Santiago, B.J. Surhoff, Ugueth Urbina, Ismael Valdez, Larry Walker, Dan
No first rounders here. Maybe Franco, Matinez, and Bagwell later. Palmeiro???
- 2012: Pedro Astacio, David Bell,
Jeromy Burnitz, Vinny Castilla, Scott Erickson, Carl Everett, Jeff
Fassero, Alex S. Gonzalez, Danny Graves, Rick Helling, Dustin
Hermanson, Jose Hernandez, Brian Jordan, Matt Lawton, Javy Lopez, Bill
Mueller, Terry Mulholland, Jeff Nelson, Phil Nevin, Brad Radke, Joe
Randa, Tim Salmon, Ruben Sierra, J.T. Snow, Jose Vizcaino, Bernie
Williams, Eric Young
Bernie Williams. A possible is Castilla
- 2013: Sandy Alomar Jr., Craig
Biggio, Barry Bonds, Jeff Cirillo, Royce Clayton, Roger Clemens, Jeff
Conine, Steve Finley, Julio Franco, Shawn Green, Ryan Klesko, Mike
Lieberthal, Kenny Lofton, Jose Mesa, Damian Miller, Eric Milton, Russ
Ortiz, Mike Piazza, Reggie Sanders, Curt Schilling, Aaron Sele, Sammy
Sosa, Mike Stanton, Todd Walker, David Wells, Rondell White, Bob
Wickman, Woody Williams
WOW. This will be one heck of a year. I’m going with:
Bonds?, Piazza, Schilling. Clemants?, Sosa?, Biggio, Franco, Lieberthal, Alomar, and Wells. I can’t say who will be a for sure first year pick except Piazza, Schilling, and Biggio
- 2014: Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Greg Maddux
Maddux definite first year HOFer. The other two not first year, but eventually they will get in.
Possible adds to the list for ’14
John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Andy Pettitte, Nomar Garciaparra, Jeff Kent, Pedro Martinez and probably Mike Hampton.
I can’t wait for 2013! I’m guessing that if Bonds does go into the Hall, then Sosa, McGwire, Clemens, and Palmeiro will follow. And just kidding on Hampton for ’14.
Feel free to leave any predictions.