MLB Reports Hall Of Fame Predictions: Class Of 2014 Players
By Patrick Languzzi (Cooperstown Correspondent) Follow @patricklanguzzi
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Results are scheduled to be announced on January 8th.
Players must receive at least 75 percent of the votes in order to be inducted by a voting body of roughly over 500 eligible writers.
There are many player names worthy of discussion, however, few will see enshrinement, now or ever.
Greg Maddux Tribute:
This years eligible candidates include: Moises Alou, Todd Jones, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Jeff Kent, Tim Raines, Armando Benitez, Paul Lo Duca, Kenny Rogers, Craig Biggio, Greg Maddux, Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds, Edgar Martinez, Richie Sexson, Sean Casey, Don Mattingly, Lee Smith, Roger Clemens, Fred McGriff, J.T. Snow, Ray Durham, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Eric Gagne, Jack Morris, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, Mike Mussina, Mike Timlin, Luis Gonzalez, Hideo Nomo, Alan Trammell, Jacque Jones, Rafael Palmeiro and Larry Walker.
I predict two players will be elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA, both first ballot players, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux. They were the most dominant pitchers of their era.
Concluding last years vote total, in which no single player was selected for enshrinement, (the first time since 1996) and rumored in part as a stand by writers toward players associated with or of suspicion in connection with PED’s.
Although there are at least 15 players that carry over from last years ballot, if you look at players that received at least 50 percent of the votes in their prior year, Craig Biggio (68.2), Jack Morris (67.7), Jeff Bagwell (59.6), Mike Piazza (57.8) and Tim Raines (52.2).
Prediction: None will find election on this years ballot.
Some, you might think, will lose votes to newcomers such as Glavine, Maddux and Thomas, and for good reason.
One particular carryover, Jack Morris (in his final year of eligibility), I especially see being effected by the shift in voting due to the rich new addition of players to the ballot.
Bill Madden of the New York Daily News writes, “His detractors have pointed out he didn’t win any hardware and his 3.90 ERA would be the highest of any starter in the HoF. But this was a guy you had to see to appreciate!
For years, Morris’ Detroit Tigers were in the AL East with the Yankees and, counting his many postseasons, I got to see him 30-40 times and never once was he not the best pitcher on the mound that day.”
I predict, however, that Morris will eventually seek election via the Veterans Committee when he becomes eligible 21 years after his retirement.
Others such as Biggio, Bagwell and Piazza will all eventually be elected via the BBWAA, once they figure out how to handle the assumed PED associated players.
Keep in mind that three managers, Torre, La Russa and Cox have already been elected via the Veterans Committee, so selecting too many more [players] waters down the prestigious hall of fame selection process.
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Posted on January 3, 2014, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot, 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Predictions, @patricklanguzzi on twitter, alan trammell, Armando Benitez, barry bonds, Baseball Writers Association Of America, BBHOF, BBWAA, booby cox, cooperstown, craig biggio, curt schilling, don mattingly, edgar martinez, eric gagne, frank thomas, fred mcGriff, Greg Maddux, hideo nomo, J.T. Snow, Jack Moris, Jacque Jones, jeff bagwell, jeff kent, Joe Torre, kenny rogers, lee smith, luis gonzalez, mark mcgwire, mike mussina, mike piazza, mike timlin, moises alou, patrick languzzi, Paul Lo Duca, rafael palmeiro, Ray Durham, richie sexson, roger clemens, sammy sosa, sean casey, tim raines, todd jones, tom glavine, tony la russa, veterans committee. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on MLB Reports Hall Of Fame Predictions: Class Of 2014 Players.