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Hall of Fame Time

It’s that time of year.  Every January, the balloting for the baseball Hall of Fame is announced and every year, I have a little bit of complaint.  Last year, Bruce Sutter got in when Goose Gossage is clearly the superior pitcher.  And don’t get me started on guys like Lou Whitaker who aren’t even on the ballot anymore.

In my opinion, there are five guys on this year’s ballot who I feel should most definitely be in the Hall of Fame.  That’s why when I read Joe Sheehan’s latest column at Baseball Prospectus, I felt like it was a look inside my own head because he feels the same five guys should also be voted in.

Odds are, all five won’t.  It looks like Mark McGwire will miss out as the media throws stones in their glass house and overlooks him even though his numbers clearly warrant he should get in, probably even above, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Tony Gwynn.  I already talked about Gossage and the other no brainer who can’t seem to get the votes is Bert Blyleven.

My guess is, Gwynn and Ripken get in, and Blyleven gets a bit closer.  Then in 2007, without any big new names, McGwire gets in with Blyleven.  Gossage will probably get the shaft again in 2007 as well..

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