MLB Hall of Fame: Full of Intrigue

MLB Hall of Fame. Cooperstown, New York

The voting results for the 2014 MLB Hall of Fame ballot will be revealed tomorrow. To most baseball fans, this is considered to be one of the most highly anticipated Hall of Fame reveals in recent memory. 

With names such as Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, and Craig Biggio on the ballot, it is hard not to vote for them. Both Glavine and Maddux were pitching anchors during the Braves playoff runs of the 1990’s. They both have 300 wins and both played over 20 years in MLB. It is a virtual lock for both of them to make it into the Hall of Fame. As for Biggio, last year he finished 39 votes short on the first ballot. An All-Star at catcher and later at second base, Biggio ranks 21st all-time in hits (3,060) and has more doubles (668) than any right-handed hitter in Major League history. He’s 15th all-time in runs scored (1,844), 10th in plate appearances (12,504) and first in hit by pitch (285) in the modern era. Biggio also hit 291 home runs with 1,175 RBIs and had a .281 career average in 2,850 games played.

Barry Bonds. Roger Clemens. Sammy Sosa. Three of the biggest names in the Steroid Era. Neither of them will make it this year.

Then you got players like Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro and Roger Clemens from the Steroid Era. Bonds, who is the All Time Home Run King has been accused by everyone around baseball of taking performance enhancing drugs during his career.  Bonds finished with 36.2 percent, as eligible voters of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America did not elect anyone to the Class of 2013, the first in which many players from the PED era were eligible. As for Rafael Palmeiro, the last time we saw him he was lying to Congress about not taking steroids. Palmeiro’s numbers are pretty solid. He ended up with 569 home runs and 3,020 hits. With his PED use still hovering over his head, it is unlikely that he will be voted in this year. For Clemens, it is hard to believe that once upon a time ago he was considered to be one of the greatest pitchers to play the game. With 354 wins and 4,672 strikeouts, he should be a shoo in to be in the Hall of Fame, but there are questions of him using steroids during his career. Now he could be on the outside looking in. 

Jack Morris. Will his name finally be called?

Then you got the players who were waiting for a very long time. Players like Jack Morris. Morris have been waiting for 14 years and this year is his final shot at going into the Hall. Morris, who pitched 10 innings in the classic game seven of the 1991 World Series, has a record of 254-186 and has won four World Series titles.  Could the 15th time be the lucky charm? 

It should be interesting to see what happens tomorrow. Who will join managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa in the Hall of Fame. One thing for sure, lets hope all of the right people get in. Who knows Frank Thomas, Mike Mussina, Mike Piazza and even Larry Walker could sneak into the Hall. Anything cold happen.


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