Hall of Fame 2013
Tomorrow, Sunday, Barry Larkin and Ron Santo will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. On Baseball-Reference.com’s homepage they have a link the the probables on the list for next year. Click here to see it. I really don’t want Jack Morris in the Hall. He has a lot of wins, but his ERA is close to 4.00. Jeff Bagwell has great numbers, but some have assumed he was using PEDs, so he has not yet entered the Hall. That’s the tough thing about that era; those who did not take PEDs will still be under suspicion. It’s something that can really be debated. I think unless it is very obvious, you have to assume they are clean, otherwise that is really not fair. Mike Piazza is also up for the first time and he would probably fall into the Jeff Bagwell category. Larry Walker had some insane years, but they were in Colorado before use of the humidor, and his career totals aren’t quite there. Speaking of PEDs, Sosa, Bonds, and Clemens are all up for the Hall this year for the first time, and you can probably guarantee none will get in. I think Clemens might get in later, but not next year. Former Phillies Mike Liberthal and Antonio Alfonseca are also on the list. It seems like Alfonseca was just on the Phillies, but I guess not. He was terrible for the Phillies you may recall. Curt Schilling is up for the first time and may get in on the first ballot. I think Lee Smith has a chance, too, but has not been elected over a decade, so it may not happen.
Looking ahead to 2014, it’s going to be crowded up in Cooperstown. On the ballot for the first time: Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Mike Mussina, and Frank Thomas. They all have potential of being elected, although Mussina’s ERA is a tad high.