2014 Baseball Futures are up!!!

With the Major League Baseball playoffs set to tee off soon, we thought this was the perfect time to look towards the future of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

We will be adding sections looking towards the future eligible of the Hall, and allowing you to give your opinions and votes so that we could look at factoring this in to future rankings.

The following players are eligible for the 2014 vote:

Armando Benitez

Damion Easley
Eric Gagne
Esteban Loaiza
Frank Thomas
Greg Maddux
Hideo Nomo
Jacques Jones
Jeff Kent
Jon Lieber
Jose Cruz Jr.
Jose Vidro
JT Snow
Keith Foulke
Kenny Rogers
Luis Gonzalez
Matt Morris
Mike Mussina
Mike Timlin
Moises Alou
Paul Lo Duca
Ray Durham
Richie Sexson
Scott Hatteberg
Sean Casey
Shannon Stewart
Steve Tracshel
Todd Jones
Tom Glavine
Trot Nixon


To be eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014, the player must have retired (or played their final game) in 2008 and have played ten season in the MLB.




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0 #3 Darryl Tahirali 2012-10-05 20:25
Two situations make Thomas's HoF induction a "tough sell": One is a universal situation that affects nearly every qualified candidate, which I have written about previously: The current and future ballots are "logjammed." There are a lot of Hall-worthy players on the ballot already (Raines, Trammell, Walker, et al) not even counting the PEDs players (McGwire, Palmeiro, et al). Starting with the 2013 ballot, newly eligible candidates will make that ballot even heavier. This year, the writers elected only one player (Larkin), which did very little to alleviate the logjam. People have been throwing around the term "first-ballo t" to describe new and upcoming candidates (Pudge, Chipper), but I don't think they realize that there is such a backlog of worthy choices, and only a very few players (like Maddux) are going to leapfrog to the front of the line. I don't think Thomas is going to leapfrog because . . .

Two, Thomas spent a lot of time at DH, and there seems to be a residual bias concerning DH--Edgar Martinez, whom enough people have pegged as "first-ballo t," isn't in yet. Thomas posted great, HoF-worthy, but not world-beatin g numbers even though he was the AL's most feared hitter for a number of years. So, it could be a couple of years before Hawk Harrelson can exclaim, "You can put it on the boarrrrd . . . Yesss! The Big Hurt is in the Hall!"

Yes, both Kent and Mussina are dark horses, and in the logjam environment they will fall further behind unless the writers vote in a lot of players on the next ballot.
0 #2 Spheniscus 2012-10-05 14:54
I don't think Frank Thomas is that tough a sell. He may not be a first ballot (which is unfair to him) but he is a definite HoF.

Kent and Mussina will require more discussion.

No one else really has a shot at staying on the ballot.
+1 #1 Darryl Tahirali 2012-10-05 07:37

Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine are no-brainer Hall of Famers, as I wrote about last year:


Frank Thomas, Jeff Kent, and Mike Mussina are tough sells, but I think they are also Hall of Famers:


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