When one Hall of Fame class is chosen it means it is time for us to start revising. Now that the Baseball Hall of Fame has selected Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez to Cooperstown, we are now ready to put out our new Notinhalloffame.com Baseball List
As such, we took into account the following when looking at our Baseball Revisions:
Ranking the now eligible former players. We already have them on our futures sections and your votes and comments have been taken into account.
The votes and opinions that all of you have given based on those who are already on the list.
Remember, we encourage you to keep giving us your opinions and comments as this does alter our rankings as we continue. Also, it is worth noting that we have expanded our 100 to 105.
So, let’s get right to the Top 10!
If you are a regular visitor here, you know that we have a 1A, 1B and 1C on our to accommodate:
1A. Pete Rose: The Hit King remains ineligible for the Hall of Fame due to gambling.
1C. Roger Clemens: It is either Clemens or Bonds in this spot. Rocket gets the duke only because he has a slightly higher vote tally from all of you who voted. Seriously though, can we get off the PED era already?
2. Barry Bonds: The All-Time leader in MLB Home Runs remains #2. While he does not have the vote total that others have who are ranked lower, like Clemens, this is as far as his (and Clemens) basement goes as far as Notinhalloffame.com is concerned, and yes, we know we said that we too take your votes into account! With these two, we re going to hold firm right now.
3. Chipper Jones: The career Atlanta Brave is considered by many to be a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee. Jones has the stats, both traditional and advanced, a World Series Ring and is very well liked. He is the highest rated new entry.
4. Mike Mussina: Mussina may have dropped one spot, but he is still a major snub in our eyes. The former Yankee and Oriole may have played in high profile markets but his profile is relatively low amongst those who think about Cooperstown. Apparently it is low with the Baseball Hall of Fame voters too.
5. Bill Dahlen: “Bad” Bill Dahlen also drops one spot. Dahlen is one of the few legitimate omissions from the game’s early days and was surly as he was good…and he was very good!
6. Jim Thome: Thome statistically should be a first ballot Hall of Famer, and probably will be, but for someone who smacked over 600 Home Runs with an OPS of .956, he is a player that could easily fall below the radars of voters on the first go around. He is the second highest ranked of the new entries.
7. Manny Ramirez. Manny is being Manny in Japan now, but he got a far higher vote in his first year of eligibility than many people thought he would.
8. Curt Schilling. Schilling took a tumble with the voters this year, the biggest drop of anyone who was on the ballot. It might be worth watching to see if he falls again.
9. Vladimir Guerrero. “Vlad, The Impaler” had the biggest jump in our Top 20, moving up from 14 to 9. Guerrero was very close to entering Cooperstown on his first try, and probably should get in on his second try.
10. Lou Whitaker. The sabremetric darling of the Detroit Tigers infield remains in the #10 spot.
Chipper Jones and Jim Thome are not the only new entries on this list.
Scott Rolen debuts at #18. The former infielder and seven time All Star brings a very interesting case to the Baseball Hall of Fame and we are very curious to see how his first vote goes.
Chipper Jones is not the only high profile former Atlanta Brave to make the top 50 as Andruw Jones debuts at #49.
Johan Santana debuts at #67 though we wonder how much higher he would be if he lasted just two more seasons.
Omar Vizquel is another new entry. The defensive star makes his first appearance at #76.
For a seven year period, Johan Santana was regarded was regarded as one of the top Pitchers in Baseball, where he won the American League Cy Young Award Twice, winning the ERA Title three times and leading his league in WHIP four years in a row.