Who you got?
The National Baseball Hall of Fame announces its Baseball Writers Association of America player inductees on Wednesday, Jan. 8.
The Expansion Era Committee already announced the induction of managers Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre.As for the players, it would seem that Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine will be shoe-ins with Frank Thomas a probable and Craig Biggio very possible.
Induction requires, 75 percent of the vote.
Performance Enhancing Drugs have muddied the waters.
No-doubter Hall of Famers who are proven or suspected cheaters may have to wait a long, long time to see their plaque hang in Cooperstown - if it ever does.
This writer tends to think that either you are a Hall of Famer or you are not. I never understood the "he is a first-ballot Hall of Famer or he is not a first-ballot Hall of Famer" argument.
If you have to think too long about it, they are probably not a Hall of Famer.
As a friend of mine links to say, it is not the "Hall of Very Good."
If they were a dominant player in the era in which they played (and are not known to have cheated), I say they should be Hall of Famers.
There are 36 players on the BBWA ballot: Moises Alou, Jeff Bagwell, Armando Benitez, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Sean Casey, Roger Clemens, Ray Durham, Eric Gagne, Tom Glavine, Luis Gonzalez, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Jeff Kent, Paul Lo Duca, Greg Maddux, Edgar Martinez, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Rafael Palmeiro, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Kenny Rogers, Curt Schilling, Richie Sexson, Lee Smith, J.T. Snow, Sammy Sosa, Frank Thomas, Mike Timlin, Alan Trammell, Larry Walker.
Putting folks like Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, Palmeiro and Sosa aside for now, I'd call these men to Cooperstown:
Biggio, Glavine, Maddux, Martinez, Mattingly, Piazza, Raines and Thomas.
If you held BBWA ballot who would you have on it (voters can list up to 10)?