Established in 1936, and currently based in Cooperstown, New York, the Baseball Hall of Fame may be the most prestigious of any Sports Hall of Fame.  Although Baseball may have taken a backseat to Football in recent years, there is no doubt that Baseball’s version of the Hall of Fame is by far the most relevant and the most difficult to get enshrined in.  At present, a player has to receive seventy five percent of the votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America, which has proven to be no easy task.  Failing that, a player could be inducted by the Veterans committee, though few have been inducted this way.  Our list will focus on the players only, and although we could easily do a tally focusing on mangers, broadcasters or other vital personnel, as always it is far more enjoyable to discuss the merits of those on the field as oppose to those off of it.

Until Then, Let’s get some peanuts and cracker jacks and cast some votes of our own!


The Not in Hall of Committee.
If Dick Allen was playing today would he dominate Sports Radio and TMZ with his antics?  There is a good chance as when Dick (Formerly Richard) Allen played; he was as good as he was controversial.
At the time of the infamous steroids trial, Rafael Palmeiro seemed to come off so good.  Of course when you are sitting next to a man who suddenly suffered from amnesia (Mark McGwire), a man who suddenly forgot the English language (Sammy Sosa) and the man who broke the “bro code” (Jose Canseco) a defiant and confident sounding Rafael Palmeiro could not help but look good.  A few months later, Palmeiro was suspended by Major League Baseball for testing positive for steroids.
If durability was the main criteria to get into the Baseball Hall of Fame then Jim Kaat should have been in years ago.  Pitching in an astonishing twenty five Major League Seasons, Kaat was not just on the mound; he was a major contributor to every team he played for.
The common trend in Baseball Hall of Fame voting is for a solid candidate to get a healthy double digit vote in his first year of eligibility and watch that number climb slowly as more and more perspective is put on their career.  For Steve Garvey, the more the Hall looked at his career, the more they seemed to talk themselves out of his induction as evidenced by the way his votes were cut in half from his first year (41.6) to (21.1) in his last year.
How many people pointed at Bert Blyleven’s 287 career wins year after year and championed his Hall of Fame cause?  We don’t know the exact number, but we are sure that it is a lot more who than those who created logs extolling the virtues of Tony Mullane’s 284 Major League victories.
Just what would Keith Hernandez be most famous for?  Could it be for his eleven consecutive Gold Gloves?  How about his 1979 MVP?  The two World Series rings perhaps?  Maybe his tenacious play as a Met?  It could also be for his association with cocaine.  Likely, there are many who think of Keith Hernandez and remember that episode of Seinfeld instead.  Just as long as it isn’t for those terrible Just for Men commercials.
If Tony Oliva did not suffer from bad knees would he have been inducted already?  Many people think so, as his first eight seasons showed off one of the game’s great contact hitters who won the batting title three times.  After 1971 however the bad knees of Tony Oliva created a ballplayer that was just a fraction of what he once was.
As Fred McGriff made an attempt to hit 500 career home runs, a debate began as to whether 500 was still a magic number for Hall of Fame entry.  Sadly the message was a clear one; if Fred McGriff can get there maybe the number just doesn’t hold the same meaning.


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Right now it is hard to imagine a time when the Atlanta Braves were not relevant in the world of Professional Baseball but in the 1980’s frankly Ted Turner’s team wasn’t a spectacular one.  The exception to that rule was Dale Murphy who in his prime drew comparisons to legends such as Mays and DiMaggio.  No really, he did.
A dominating pitcher for a few seasons in the early 1880’s, Jim McCormick was a bruising Scotsman whose underhanded prowess netted him 265 wins in what was a relatively brief career.  Of course, he played in a time, when teams essentially rode the same two pitchers.  It wasn’t like McCormick could blame his manager in those early seasons; he was the Player/Manager.
It has to be considered a given that the PED question has hurt many players in their quest for Cooperstown. It is very possible that anyone associated with it will fail to get elected and the Hall will be devoid of some of the game’s greatest record setters. Yet, of all the people whose careers got tarnished, we can’t help but wonder if Sammy Sosa took the biggest fall of them all.
In the long and illustrious (often tortured) history of the Boston Red Sox a case can be made that of all the men who graced Fenway’s mound Luis Tiant was the most popular of them all.  Considering the amount of great athletes who have donned the Red Sox uniform this is an impressive accolade indeed.
Stan Hack played his entire sixteen seasons as a player for the Chicago Cubs.  He was one of the Cubbies most popular players as “Smilin” Stan’s sunny disposition made him a fan favorite among players, fans and journalists alike.  It also didn’t hurt that he was one hell of a hitter.
An argument has been made that Ross Barnes was the greatest baseball player of all time in the League.  Unfortunately, that aforementioned League was the National Association and not the current Leagues that are known today.
Andy Pettitte took PEDs and apologized for it. He was forgiven by not just the fans of the New York Yankees but baseball fans in general. That fact (an important one) makes him the most intriguing candidate for this year as his contriteness might make him Hall of Fame worthy.   Still, if the PED issue is not a factor, is Andy Pettitte an HOF contender? Let’s take a look!
The man called “Superchief” was one of the great right handed pitchers of the New York Yankees.  Allie Reynolds was the first man to toss two no-hitters in a season in the American League though that was just a small sample of what he accomplished.
One of the most popular Yankees of all time was Don Mattingly.  This was a very impressive reality considering that the year before he turned pro the Bronx Bombers lost to Dodgers in the World Series and the year after he retired they won the championship.  During Mattingly’s entire tenure, the Yankees never went to the Fall Classic; the largest stretch of post season futility in franchise history.
We admit we made a mistake not ranking Bernie Williams last year. Were we rebelling against a Yankee bias, or was it that we just considered him just not good enough? Regardless, that is the beauty of Baseball is that you can easily reevaluate what you may have missed the first time. Lord knows it happens all the time during the actual balloting process for the Hall of Fame.
You would not think that an eleven time All Star would be forgotten among Hall of Fame consideration, but in the case of career long Detroit Tiger, Bill Freehan that appears to be the reality.