Frank Thomas 1991 Donruss Diamond King baseball card from my collection

Frank Thomas 1991 Donruss Diamond King baseball card from my collection

Today is a happy one for Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, their families, and their fans.

They will join Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa and Bobby Cox in the Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

It is a sad day for Jack Morris (and Hideo Nomo) fans, who will now have to rely on Expansion Era Committee consideration.

More than a dozen other players with legitimate Hall of Fame cases will have to wait until next year to see if the Baseball Writers of America will let them in, or continue to allow grudges, morality crusades, and thoughts about the ideal size of each year’s Hall of Fame class to influence their voting.

(It sure would have been nice if some of these writers took such a strong stand against performance enhancing substances in the 1990s, wouldn’t it?)

I’d like to celebrate the fact that two former New York Mets players will be honored in Cooperstown this summer, but I only remember Joe Torre as the manager of the New York Yankees (and a mediocre early 1990s St. Louis Cardinals team), and Tom Glavine’s most enduring Mets’ memory is a start that ended in the first inning.

Next year’s Hall of Fame class could be a strong one – if the writers will let it.  Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Gary Sheffield will join holdovers  Craig Biggio (74.8), Mike Piazza (62.2) Jeff Bagwell (54.3),  Tim Raines (46.1),  Roger Clemens (35.4),  Barry Bonds (34.7),  Lee Smith (29.9),  Curt Schilling (29.2), Edgar Martinez (25.2),  Alan Trammell (20.8),  Mike Mussina (20.3), and Jeff Kent (15.2) among a number of talented players on the 2015 ballot.

At least by next week, we should be able to set aside all of the Hall of Fame arguments until next off-season.

Congratulations to the new inductees, and better luck next time to the deserving candidates who missed out.

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About Paul Hadsall

I'm the former editor of a weekly community newspaper in New Jersey. I've been a New York Mets fan for most of my life and I've been blogging about them, minor league baseball, baseball cards and autograph collecting since 2007. Contact me at paul@randombaseballstuff.com

5 responses »

  1. Biggio probably won’t get any sleep tonight thinking about the 2 or 3 votes that would have put him over the top. Maybe next year, he and Bagwell will be elected together like Maddux and Glavine were this year.

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    • Paul says:

      I don’t think Bagwell will pick up 20+ percent next year. My early prediction for the Class of 2015: Biggio, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez.

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      • I have to agree with that prediction. Bagpipes might be the Gil Hodges (HOF-wise) of his generation. I hope that doesn’t happen. Piazza should gain a little more ground next year, but it could take a couple more years until he gets in.

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  2. Freddy says:

    Glad to see one of the juicers is off the ballot- Palmero.

    Didn’t he lie to Congress? Wasn’t he under oath? If so why wasn’t he arrested?

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  3. Stubby says:

    Right now, MLB and the BBWAA have determined that the All-Time major league hit leader, the All-Time major league home run hitter, the All-Time major league doubles hitter, the greatest offensive catcher in baseball history, and the pitcher who won more Cy Young Awards (which they all voted for) than any other pitcher in major league history, are unworthy of enshrinement in the sport’s Hall of Fame. So I have to ask: is it really a Hall of Fame anymore? Or just the accumulation of putrid expectorations from people who are just bitter that they didn’t have the talent or the guts to play the game, let alone play it well? Why is the Hall of Fame allowing losers to pick the winners? When you do that, you know, this is what you get–some of the greatest players in history on the outside looking in. How bout we at least take away the voting privileges of anyone who, back then, wasn’t harping on the PED issue relentlessly–to the point of getting fired even? Um…..cause there wasn’t anyone? Just a bunch of worthless bitter hypocrites is all the BBWAA has to show and I’ve got no use for them.

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