The 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame class announcement will be made tomorrow at 2pm eastern time. One year after no one was voted in, there are sure to be multiple players who get in this year. If I was fortunate enough to have a vote for the Hall of Fame, here are the players who would get my vote:
We know that Maddux won’t become the first unanimous selection, but he could very well be the greatest right handed pitcher to ever play the game. He won 355 games in his career, 4 CY Youngs, 18 Gold Gloves, led the National League in ERA 4 times, and was the modo of consistency with at least 15 wins for 17 straight seasons. We many never see another 300-game winner again, and Maddux was a top pitcher in the game for nearly 2 decades.
The Hall of Fame couldn’t have dreamt of a better scenario, having long-time Atlanta Braves teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine enter Cooperstown together. Like Maddux, Glavine won over 300 games (305 to be exact). He won 2 CY Young awards, led the National League in wins in 5 times, won 20 games 5 times, a World Series MVP award, and made 10 All-Star teams.
Mike Piazza was spurned in his first year of eligibility, but should get in no problem this year. Piazza hit the most home-runs ever by a catcher with 396 (more than Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, Ivan Rodriguez, etc.), and the 2nd highest slugging percentage of any catcher ever. Overall, he hit 427 dingers in his career, made 12 all-star teams, and won 10 silver slugger awards. Piazza is the best offensive catcher ever and needs to be in the Hall.
There may have not been a more feared hitter in the 1990s than Frank Thomas aka the “Big Hurt”. Thomas hit 521 career home-runs, won 2 MVP awards, 4 Silver Slugger awards, and the 1997 batting title. From 1991-1997, he had seven straight seasons of hitting .300 with at least 20 homers, 100 walks, 100 RBIs, 100 runs scored, a .400 on-base percentage, and a .500 slugging percentage. For a guy who was most known for hitting long home runs, Thomas finished his career with a .301 batting average, which is pretty remarkable for a power guy. Thomas is the best hitter in White Sox history and is without a doubt deserves to make the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Based on the way the voting has gone over the past few years, it doesn’t look like anyone associated with steroids will ever get into the Hall of Fame. To me, I believe it’s ridiculous that voters choose to ignore a whole era because Bud Selig turned a blind eye for ratings and attendance purposes. Barry Bonds is the most prolific home-run hitter ever and the game is simply ignoring his existence.
Like Bonds, Roger Clemens will likely never step foot into Cooperstown because of steroids. Clemens though is easily one of the five best pitchers to ever step on a mound. He won 354 games, the most CY Young awards EVER with 7, led baseball in ERA 7 times, made 11 all-star teams, and the pitching triple crown twice (leading the league in wins, strikeouts, and ERA). He is one of four players in the 4,000 strikeout club, and one of 3 pitchers since 1971 to win a league MVP award.
One player who will likely get in who doesn’t get my vote is Craig Biggio. In my opinion, Biggio was a very good player for a long time. There was never a time where he was regarded as one of the BEST players in the game. For me, the Hall of Fame should be reserved for the best of the best.
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