Breaking down the 2014 MLB Hall of Fame Ballot: From 36 to 1

I have to admit, I’ve been eagerly waiting to write this blog post since last year’s HOF vote was announced. For only the second time in the last 40 years, no players were voted in to the hall of fame. Say what you will about the steroid era in baseball and the candidacy of players like Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens, but there’s no doubt that several other hall-of-fame caliber players who weren’t associated with PEDs also fell short, including Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell.

The 2012 ballot was absolutely loaded, and aside from Dale Murphy whose 15 years expired, everyone from that incredible group is back once more. Joining them are another crop of almost sure-fire hall-of famers in Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, and perhaps Mike Mussina and  Jeff Kent.

I don’t envy hall-of-fame voters this year, because I think it’s going to be difficult for them to narrow it down to the maximum of 10 players on a ballot.

The combination of a 10-person maximum with a stacked ballot means you’re going to see some incredible players that not only don’t get the 75% of votes necessary to get in, but also several strong candidates who might normally spend a decade on the ballot that don’t even get the 5% needed to stay on the ballot another year. And of course, when one writer decides to put Todd Jones on their ballot, they will look more insane than ever for choosing someone who doesn’t have a chance.

So, to help these baseball writers who will likely be googling in the next few weeks looking for help filling out their ballots, here’s a breakdown of the candidates, ranked from worst to first.

36. Todd Jones, 1993-2008, Career WAR 10.4, 1x all-star 2000

The slowest throwing closer of all-time, Jones is in the top-20 all time in saves after two separate stints with the Tigers accumulated 235 of his 319 career saves. But a reliever with an career ERA of close to 4 means there had to be some rough years in the middle of that career, highlighted by two years with an ERA over 5.50 in Colorado in 2002-2003.

35. Mike Timlin, 1991-2008, Career WAR 19.2

Did you know that Mike Timlin pitched the last 1/3 of an inning of the 1992 World Series for the Blue Jays and got the save? Timlin also won rings with the 1993 Jays, 2004 Red Sox and 2007 Red Sox as a key member of the bullpen. His 3.63 career ERA is respectable but he was nothing more than a reliable set-up man on some great teams, not a hall-of-famer.

34. Jacque Jones, 1999-2008, Career WAR 11.5

Have to be honest here, the only reason Jones isn’t last on this list is because he’s one of my brother’s favorite obscure players of all time, and that has to count for something. But beyond our brotherly inside joke, Jones did about as little as you could possibly do to still sneak on to the HOF ballot. He played just the minimum 10 years in the bigs, played some solid defense and sputtered out of the league with a .147 batting average at age 33. JACQUE JONES! WHO? JACQUE JONES!

33. Armando Benitez, 1994-2008, Career WAR 17.5, 2x all-star 1993 & 1994

Benitez was a two-time all-star, with the Mets in 2003 and with the Marlins in 2004 when he led the league in saves. But depending on which coast you live on, you’ll likely remember him as either the guy who gave up the Derek Jeter/Jeffrey Maier homerun in the 1996 playoffs, or the guy who blew a save every week for the Giants in the late 2000′s. At times he was a all-star level closer, but not close to a hall-of-famer.

32. Richie Sexson, 1997-2008, Career WAR 17.9, 2x all-star 2002, 2003

Sexson was a scary power hitter with six seasons of over 30 homers and 100 RBIs. But compared to some of the other sluggers on this list, 306 career HRs over 12 years isn’t enough to warrant consideration.

31. Paul Lo Duca, 1998-2008, Career WAR 17.9, 4x all-star 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006

Lo Duca took over the catching duties in LA in the years after Mike Piazza left for the Mets and ended up as a 4-time all-star catcher. Really liked him as a player, but there’s nothing in his 11-year career that showed he was one of the best players of his generation.

30. J.T. Snow, 1992-2006 & 2008, Career WAR 11.0, 6x Gold Glove 1995-2000.

Three different ways to remember J.T. Snow. The ladies out there will remember J.T. Snow as an absolute dreamboat – I know everyone in my high school days was obsessed with him. The casual fan will probably remember him most for picking up a 3-year-old Darren Baker who had wandered out on to the field during a base hit during the Giants 2002 World Series run. I’ll remember him as one of the best defensive first basemen of all time – his .995 career fielding percentage puts him 12th all-time.

29. Ray Durham, 1995-2008, Career WAR 33.7, 2x all-star 1998, 2000

Durham was usually close to the top of the league in runs, stolen bases and triples, but never led the league in any of those categories. I’ll remember him fondly as a trade deadline acquisition picked up by the 2002 Moneyball A’s as they made their playoff stretch run and hit 2 homers in their playoff series.

28. Sean Casey, 1997-2008, Career WAR 16.3, 3x all-star 1999, 2001, 2004

“The Mayor” was a .302 career hitter, a great clubhouse presence, three-time all star with Cincinnati, and hit two world series homers in his only appearance with Detroit in 2006.

27. Hideo Nomo, 1995-2005 & 2008, Career WAR 21.8, 1x all-star 1995, Rookie of the Year 1995.

All credit goes to Nomo for breaking on to the scene and proving that Japanese players could make it in the MLB. Nomo led the league in strikeouts in his breakout 1995 rookie season, as well as in 2001 with Boston, and finished 17th all-time in K’s per 9 innings. But he had a career ERA of 4.24 and five losing seasons out of twelve, so any HOF votes are more of a vote to recognize his historical importance.

26. Moises Alou, 1990 & 1992-1998 & 2000-2008, Career WAR 39.7, 6x all-star 1994, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2x Silver Slugger 1994, 1998

Already at #27 we’re getting into guys who put up some pretty impressive numbers over the course of his career. I’m not saying Alou is a HOFer, and I wouldn’t vote for him, but he does check many of the boxes that you might normally look at for a player that would get votes. Alou was a six-time all-star, twice finished in the top 3 in MVP voting, hit over .330 five times and has a .303 lifetime average. Although Livan Hernandez won the WS MVP in 1997, Moises was the offensive MVP of that team with 3 HRs and 9 RBIs in the series. And until the the 1994 strike ended the Montreal Expos run, he was the best offensive player on that elite team. Not really enough to be a hall-of-famer, but here’s hoping that Alou is remembered for more than just the Steve Bartman play – the man could hit.

25. Eric Gagne, 1999-2008, Career WAR 11.7, 3x all-star 2002, 2003, 2004. 2003 Cy Young Award winner.

Gagne’s the first person off our board who won a Cy Young or MVP award. He was absolutely unhittable for the Dodgers from 2002-2004 after being converted from a starter to a closer. After a few injuries he completely fell off, and its difficult to put a guy with a steroid cloud and such a short window of success in the hall, but if he could have extended his three year stretch by another four or five years he could have been a no-doubter.

24. Luis Gonzalez, 1990-2008, Career WAR 51.5, 5x all-star 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005

Gonzo had a spattering of drug rumors surround his 57-homer 2001 season, but not nearly as many as the two guys who finished ahead of him in the MVP balloting that year, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa. So let’s just put it this way – Gonzalez had one of the best seasons you can possibly have that year. 57 homeruns, 142 RBIs and a game-winning base hit off Mariano Rivera to win the World Series? Can’t really beat that. But Gonzalez wasn’t all about 2001; he played 19 solid years in the league and ended up with some compelling career numbers – 15th all-time in doubles and top 40 all-time in games played.

23. Kenny Rogers, 1989-2008, Career WAR 51.1, 4x all-star 1995, 2004, 2005, 2006. 5x Gold Glove 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006.

The gambler played 20 years in the league and won 219 games. It’s so hard to win 300 games anymore (more on Maddux and Glavine later) that I think 200 has to be an important benchmark for starters to acheive before they are considered. Rogers fought against old age by winning double digit games five years in a row in his late thirties and early 40s, including playing a key role in the Tigers 2006 World Series losing team.

22. Lee Smith, 1980-1997, Career WAR 29.4, 7x all-star 1983, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995.

Our first player that’s returning to the ballot on my list, Smith is in his 12th year on the ballot and received 47.8% of the vote last year. Unfortunately I just can’t see him picking up additional votes with all the great new talent on the list. He finished 6th in the voting this year and it wouldn’t surprise me if he slips out of the top 10. Smith led his league in saves four times with the Cubs, Cardinals and Orioles, and has the 3rd most saves ever. A seven-time all-star and a career 3.03 ERA is solid stuff, but unless the voters clear some of these obvious hall of famers off the list, the votes won’t be there for Smith to get in in his final four years on the ballot.

21. Rafael Palmeiro, 1986-2005, Career WAR 71.8, 4x all-star 1988, 1991, 1998, 1999. 3x Gold Glove 1997, 1998, 1999. 2x Silver Slugger 1998, 1999.

I’ve moved Palmeiro slightly down on my list, just because I’m feeling less impressed by him than I am for Mattingly and Trammell after looking further at those two. Palmeiro only received 8.8% of the vote last year, and he likely won’t get enough votes to even stay on the ballot after this year. But let’s reflect on the resume of a guy we’re likely eliminating: his 569 career homeruns are good enough for 12th all-time and he’s got the 7th most extra base hits in history. Palmeiro is 25th on the all-time hit list with 3,020, and he’d be the first person (aside from Pete Rose) in the top 40 to not be a hall-of-famer. Lying about steroid use will do that for you.

20. Don Mattingly, 1982-1995, Career WAR 42.2, 6x all-star 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989. 9x Gold Glove 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994. 3x Silver Slugger 1985, 1986, 1987. AL MVP 1985.

The 1985 MVP retired just as the Yankees were getting good, but had a stellar career. He won the batting title in 1984, MVP in 1985, and led the league in hits, doubles, OPS and a slew of other categories in 1986. Donnie Baseball was a six-time all-star, nine-time gold-glove first baseman, and played his whole career with the ‘Yanks. I’m honestly not sure why he hasn’t gotten more

19. Alan Trammell, 1977-1996, Career WAR 70.1, 6x all-star 1980, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990. 4x Gold Glove 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984. 3x Silver Slugger 1987, 1988, 1990. World Series MVP 1984.

Last year I wrote that I saw him as a borderline HOFer. He has comparable career stats to Barry Larkin, who made it two years ago. I can’t say that I saw him play, but as a six-time all-star shortstop with four gold gloves and a few silver sluggers, you’ve got to think he’s still going to get votes. I also forget to mention that he was the MVP of the 1984 World Series, so he’s got postseason accolades on his resume as well. In his 13th year on the ballot, I’d expect him to stay right around the 33% of votes he received last year.

18. Fred McGriff, 1986-2004, Career WAR 52.6, 5x all-star 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000. 3x Silver Slugger 1989, 1992, 1993.

Rehashing my analysis from last year: The Crime Dog’s closest statistical comparisons on are Willie McCovey, Willie Stargell, and Jeff Bagwell. If that doesn’t convince you of his statistical HOF worthiness, consider that the Dog hit 30 homers in 10 different years in the bigs – starting with 34 in 1988 and ending with 30 in 2002 with the Cubs. He had a long, successful career, and was consistently great hitter. Mcgriff got 20.7% of the vote in his 4th year and will likely be around for several more years before getting close to induction – he’s more likely to go the other direction and be close to eliminated.

17. Sammy Sosa, 1989-2005, Career WAR 58.4, 7x all-star 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004. 6x Silver Slugger 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002. 1998 NL MVP.

On name recognition alone, it’s amazing to me that I’m putting Sammy Sosa at 17th on this list. He’s 8th on the career homerun list, but only received 12% of the vote last year and finished 17th. Is it possible that he’ll slip enough to drop completely off the ballot after two years??? It sounds crazy but it could absolutely happen. Either way it’s looking very likely that Sosa doesn’t ever make the hall.

16. Mark McGwire, 1986-2001, Career WAR 62.0, 13x all-star 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000. 1987 Rookie of the Year. 1x Gold Glove 1990. 3x Silver Slugger 1992, 1996, 1998.

Big Mac’s votes have been steadily declining and were down to 16% last year. I’d expect them to go down even further. Mcgwire was the first example of PED use drastically reducing HOF votes, because based on his numbers he’s a sure-fire HOFer. Put simply, every full season he played in the bigs, Mcgwire was an all-star. And there’s no question that McGwire helped save the popularity of baseball in 1998 when he hit 70 homers, and lots of thanks should go to him and Sammy Sosa for bringing baseball back into the spotlight that year.

15. Tim Raines, 1979-2002, Career WAR 69.1, 7x all-star 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987. 1x Silver Slugger 1986.

Rock got 52% of the vote in 6th year and has been steadily going up each year. He’s 5th all-time in steals, having led the league four straight years in the early 80’s. Even when his speed went, he managed to stick around and hit nearly .300 for several teams at the end of his career. He was a seven-time all-star, all in the 80’s with the Montreal Expos, and won a ring with the 1996 Yankees. My guess is that he will eventually get in, but he needs more top names to get elected so that his voters continue to support him and don’t run out of space on their ballots. Last year he wouldn’t been 10th on my list but this year he wouldn’t be close to sniffing my top-10 ballot.

14. Jeff Kent, 1992-2008, Career WAR 55.2, 5x all-star 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005. 4x Silver Slugger 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005. NL MVP 2000.

Kent had the unenviable role of backing up Barry Bonds on the turn-of-the-century Giants teams and did it quite well. He even managed to edge out Bonds as the MVP in 2000. After a mediocre start to his career with Toronto, the Mets and Cleveland, Kent became a star with the Giants and was over 100 RBIs every year with the team plus twice again with Houston. And plenty of Kent’s HOF case comes from the fact that he is a second baseman. This is his first year and I think he’ll get more attention in the next several years.

13. Edgar Martinez, 1987-2004, Career WAR 68.3, 7x all-star 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003. 6x Silver Slugger 1992, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003.

Seven-time all-star with a .312 career batting average, two batting titles and very strong numbers throughout his career. As I noted last year, I’m not buying the argument that DH’s can’t make the hall of fame. Hopefully Martinez is the first and David Ortiz is the second some day soon. Martinez stayed stagnant at 35% in his 4th year on the ballot. He’s yet to go up or down with votes so he’ll be an interesting case to watch over the next several years. I’m guessing it may take him the full 15 years to get in.

12. Larry Walker, 1989-2005, Career WAR 72.6, 5x all-star 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001. 4x Silver Slugger 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999. 7x Gold Glove 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002. NL MVP 1997.

Walker received 21.6 percent of the vote last year, his 3rd on the ballot. Here’s the argument I made for Walker over Martinez last year: I’ll put Walker on my ballot just ahead of Martinez for a few reasons. He had a .313 lifetime average so they are comparable in that sense. Walker won an MVP in 1997, hit 49 homeruns and chased .400 on four different occasions. Amazingly, he hit .379 in 1999 and only finished 10th in the MVP voting – that shows you how homerun friendly that era was. Don’t forget Walker also won seven gold gloves for his outfield play. To me, he’s one of the top 50 hitters of all-time, and I think he should find his way to Cooperstown.

11. Jack Morris, 1977-1994, Career WAR 43,8, 5x all-star 1981, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1991.

Morris is a likely candidate to get in this year, his 15th and last on the ballot. Last year he inched up to 67.7% and only needs 40 or so additional votes to make it in. Morris was absolutely lights out in winning the 1984 World Series for the Tigers, and equally ridiculous in winning the 1991 World Series with the Twins. He then went on to go 21-6 in 1992 and help the Blue Jays win the title. He may have been a little wild, but when it counted, he changed the history of three different teams. That, to me, is a Hall-Of-Fame caliber resume. But here’s the problem – there’s so many quality players on the ballot that I can’t find a way to work him into my top 10, so I wouldn’t be voting for him this year.

10. Mike Mussina, 1991-2008, Career WAR 82.7, 5x all-star 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999. 7x Gold Glove 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2008.

One of the few Yankees I found hard to dislike, Mussina was an incredibly consistent star pitcher across the 18 years of his career. His 270 wins put him in elite status among modern pitchers, and though I don’t picture him as an overpowering presence he is in the top-20 all-time in strikeouts. He was also an excellent defender on the mound. I don’t think Mussina is a first-ballot HOFer, but I think he does eventually get in and he would get my vote this year. I’ll predict he gets 25-30% of the vote this year.

9. Curt Schilling, 1988-2007, Career WAR 80.7, 6x all-star 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004. World Series MVP 2001.

Schilling got 38.8 percent of the vote in year 1, and I wonder whether there were voters who left him off just because they didn’t see him as a first ballot HOFer. This will be an interesting year to see if he jumps up into the 40-45% range. If so, I think he’ll increase steadily and eventually be a HOFer. Last year’s analysis rehashed: he was the best pitcher (16-7) on an early 90’s Phillies team that made the World Series, went 22-6 in co-anchoring the Diamondbacks world title in 2001, and led the Red Sox to two world titles with a bloody sock. He also finished 2nd in the Cy Young voting in each of 2001, 2002 and 2004. In all, he went 4-1 in the World Series for his career, and always seemed to show up when it mattered. Hall of Famer.

8. Roger Clemens, 1984-2007, Career WAR 139.4, 11x all-star 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005. AL MVP 1986. 7x Cy Young Award Winner 1986, 1987, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004.

The numbers for Clemens are crazy. Say what you will about drugs and lying, the man led the league in ERA seven times, first in 1986 and then again twenty years later in 2005. He’s also 9th all-time in wins and 3rd in career strikeouts. Clemens had an absolutely amazing career, and there’s no statistical question that he’s one of the 10 best pitchers of all-time. You can’t keep Clemens out, because he’s a part of history.

7. Barry Bonds, 1986-2007. Career WAR 162.5, 14x all-star 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007. 8x Gold Glove 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998. 12x Silver Slugger 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004. 7x NL MVP 1990, 1992, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004.

The stats are absolutely staggering for Bonds and put him as arguably the greatest hitter ever, so the question will simply become how much the voters want to penalize him for all the alledged steroid use. Does the sh**show that Alex Rodriguez is putting on hurt Bonds by reminding us of the steroid issue, or does it help Bonds by making him look reasonable by comparison? Will voters decide that not voting for Bonds in year 1 is enough and now give him more credit for his incredible career? Only time will tell. My guess is that it will still be several more years before we know Bonds’ HOF fate, but I expect he’ll jump up into the 45-50% range this year.

6. Mike Piazza, 1992-2007, Career WAR 59.2, 12x all-star 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005. 10x Silver Slugger 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002. 1993 Rookie of the Year.

Piazza got 57% of the vote in his first year, so it’s just a matter of time before he’s in. He might get pretty close this year. But let’s remember why he should get in: Piazza was unquestionably one of the best catchers of all-time and almost certainly the best hitting catcher of all-time. That means he’s a HOFer to me. A 12-time all-star, lifetime .308 hitter, ROY in 1992, and constant force for the Mets and Dodgers. I think everyone in the top 6 should be locks for the hall of fame.

5. Jeff Bagwell, 1991-2005, Career WAR 79.5, 4x all-star 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999. 3x Silver Slugger 1994, 1997, 1999. NL MVP 1994. Rookie of the Year 1991.

I was pretty surprised at how few votes Bagwell picked up in his third year on the ballot, bringing him to only 59%. My guess is he gets the votes he needs in 2015 after the top 3 folks on this list are already voted in. Let’s take another look at Bags’ career: He won an MVP in the strike season of 1994 and was ROY in 1991. He hit at least 39 homers six times and had 449 for his career. We were all robbed of part of his best season ever in 1994 when the strike hit, when I believe he may have had a shot at the record for most RBI’s in a season and made a run at Roger Maris’ HR record. He led the league in runs several times as well.

4. Frank Thomas, 1990-2008, Career WAR 73.8, 5x all-star 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997. 4x Silver Slugger 1990, 1993, 1994, 2000. AL MVP 1993, 1994.

I’ve got all sorts of love for Thomas for his late career resurgence with the A’s when he hit 39 homers and drove in 114 runs, but what will make him a hall of famer is his seven year stretch from 1991 to 1997 when he was probably the most feared hitter in baseball. He averaged 35+ homeruns and 117+ RBIs over that seven year stretch and hit some of the most mammoth home runs I can remember. Beyond that, he’s a .301 career hitter and top 20 on the all-time homers list. Thomas hasn’t been marred with the steroid rumors that have ruined his peers, which makes his numbers that much more impressive. I think he’s a first ballot hall of famer and I hope he gets in this year.

3. Tom Glavine, 1987-2008, Career WAR 74.0, 10x all-star 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006. 4x Silver Slugger 1991, 1995, 1996, 1998. 2x NL Cy Young Award 1991, 1998.

Let’s start with this – Glavine won 20 games five times in his career, and won 13 games or more an amazing 16 times. His 305 wins put him 21st all-time. If you’re not a fan of the wins stat, just consider that Glavine was consistently at the top of the league each year in other stats like ERA, shutouts, complete games, and fewest HRs allowed per 9IP. And he could even hit. Let’s just hope that the voters get this one right and allow Glavine to celebrate in the same ceremony as his former teammate who will come in at #1 on this list.

2. Craig Biggio, 1988-2007, Career WAR 64.9, 7x all-star 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998. 5x Silver Slugger 1989, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998. 4x Gold Glove 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997.

Biggio ended up with 68% in his first year, falling about 39 votes short of induction. Can he pick them up in year two from voters who thought he was deserving but just not on the first-ballot? Let’s review Biggio’s eye-opening career stats as I broke down in last year’s post: 2nd all-time in HBP’s and ended up two shy of the record. Free of the steroid accusations, excelled at three different positions and always showed up to play. He was a seven-time all-star, and he’s 5th all-time in doubles. Here’s a list of the top 13 doubles hitters of all-time: Speaker, Rose, Musial, Cobb, Biggio, Brett, Lajoie, Yaz, Wagner, Aaron, Molitor, Waner, Ripken. All are in the hall except Rose for different reasons, and Biggio belongs in that class. I think he gets in this year.

1. Greg Maddux, 1986-2008, Career WAR 104.6, 8x all-star 1988, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000. 18x Gold Glove 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008. 4x Cy Young 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995.

If Maddux isn’t a first-ballot HOFer I don’t know who is. Maddux is 8th all-time with 355 wins and everyone ahead of him pitched in an era where pitchers threw every game they could. He’s unquestionably the best fielding pitcher of all-time with 18 Gold Gloves (what happened in 2003 Greg?) During the heart of the steroid era from 1992-1998, Maddux averaged an ERA of 2.12. 2.12!!! In leading the Braves to their only world series win in 1995, Maddux was unhittable with an ERA of 1.63 and a record of 19-2. I’d argue that he was one of the five best pitchers of all-time, and will likely go in to the hall with almost universal support. Congrats to the Mad Dog.


And that’s it! I expect that when the results come out in early January, we’ll see Maddux, Biggio, Jack Morris and Tom Glavine inducted this year,