Hall Of Fame Debate: Looking Ahead To The Possible Class Of 2015

Hall Of Fame Debate: Looking Ahead To The Possible Class Of 2015

Ok, so now we know what players made the cut with the ‘Class of 2014’ and which ones will have to wait at least one more year to see if they earn election in 2015.

And we also know the players that will be eligible for the first time in 2015.

They are:  Rich Aurilia, Aaron Boone, Paul Byrd, Tony Clark, Carlos Delgado, David Dellucci, Jermaine Dye, Alan Embree, Darin Erstad, Kelvim Escobar, Cliff Floyd, Nomar Garciaparra, Brian Giles, Tom Gordon, Eddie Guardado, Randy Johnson, Mark Loretta, Pedro Martinez, Ramon Martinez, Doug Mientkiewicz, Kevin Millar, Troy Percival, B.J. Ryan, Jason Schmidt, Gary Sheffield, John Smoltz, Julian Tavarez, Jarrod Washburn, David Weathers

The list is interesting to say the least.  It is packed with All-stars, memory makers, and World Series champions.

But, is it packed with future Hall of Famers as well??

Well, at first glance, there are a few names that stand out for me – and probably you as well.  The names of Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz stand out among the pitchers on the list.  And while there is no ‘top-tier’ offensive player on the ballot for the first time in 2015, the name of Gary Sheffield should make you at least pause for a few minutes.

To be honest, of the four guys mentioned above, not one of them can hold a candle to the single at-bat that Aaron Boone had in the World Series a few years ago.  But, when looking at the full careers, both regular and post season, this ballot is stacked at the top and then there is a major drop-off.

There is no Mike Piazza on this list.  Or Mike Mussina.  Or Jeff Kent.

So, what do you think – Four contenders and a bunch of pretenders or am I missing something??


6 responses to “Hall Of Fame Debate: Looking Ahead To The Possible Class Of 2015

  1. John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson will all be inducted into the HOF this time next year.

    Gary Sheffield on the other hand may have to wait awhile to be inducted. His numbers are very good, but because of his involvement with BALCO he may get sent baseball purgatory with McGwire, Sosa, Bonds and Clemens.

    I think Carlos Delgado will very overlooked by the voters. He was very consistent for a long time much like Fred McGriff who is currently being overlooked by the BBWAA.

    I don’t think anyone else from this list will receive a significant amount of votes.

    • Matt- I’m with you on the top three. For Sheffield, I think he will land somewhere in the Jeff Kent range of percentage. As for Delgado, he was very good but had a lot if competition at 1B during his career – and he was never tagged as ‘The Best’.

  2. Smoltz, Martinez, and Johnson are locks for next year. Piazza will have to wait, and to me Sheffield will never get in because of Balco involvement. Great list of players and talent though. You have to wonder how much Bagwell and Biggio will be considered??? They actually may take votes away from others trying to get in……

  3. the 3 pitchers and Biggio should get in. Maybe Lee Smith gets a few more votes? The BBWAA seem to be blind about his numbers, especially given that he spent a good portion of his career in the 3 inning closer era. Didn’t he also retire as the all time saves leader?

    • Rich- I’m with you; he is not even talked about any more. He’ll never get in on a BBWAA vote with the way that it is going. And with Hoffman and Rivera due up in a few years, his chances are slim to none… Sad.

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