Tuesday’s the big Hall of Fame day. Mlb.com will have all the up-to-the-minute news and the
Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken, Jr. are locks for induction. The rest of the class, well that’s a crapshoot.
Arguments have been made for Goose Gossage, Mark McGwire, Andre Dawson, Jim Rice and Bert Blyleven. I don’t see the Hall electing seven players. Three seems possible. Gossage should be helped by Sutter’s induction last year.
Gwynn and Ripken will likely be near unanimous and could challenge Tom Seaver’s record 98.84 set in 1982. However, Daily Southtown’s Paul Ladewski wrote in his Monday column that he submitted a blank ballot because of the issue of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball and past elections.
“What makes Gwynn and Ripken so special that they deserve to be unanimous selections?" Ladewski wrote. "Walter Johnson, Cy Young and Honus Wagner didn’t receive such Hall passes. Neither did Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. In fact, nobody has in the history of the game. Based on the standards set by the Hall of Fame voters decades ago, is there a neutral observer out there who can honestly say Gwynn and Ripken should be afforded an unprecedented honor?”
Prediction: Gwynn, Ripken and Gossage. Dawson will be close. I wouldn’t be surprised if Dawson and McGwire head up the 2008 class since that one seems very light right now (unless I’m missing someone well-known then I’m a dolt). I know the voters want answers from McGwire about his “supplements” use (I couldn’t think of another neutral word) and his train-wreck appearance in front of Congress but is not getting “answers” enough of a reason to keep him out? Apparently so.
I wish I would have made the following bet with someone. Anytime Ryan Church’s name is mentioned in a Nationals’ mailbag, I receive a dollar. I would be near $100 right now…and that’s only since October.