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??