2015 Hall of Fame Possibilities

2015 Hall of Fame Possibilities

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

Last year saw three great players get into baseball’s historic Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. There was never really any doubt that Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, and Frank Thomas would get in, but on their first try? This year could see the same thing happen again. There hasn’t been back to back years in which three players got elected into The Hall since 1954 and 1955. Like last year, three newcomers enter the scene with the opportunity to get in on the first crack. {{ more }}John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez, and Randy Johnson were more than just household names during their playing days; they were in a small group of elite pitchers dominating baseball back during the 90’s and 2000’s that also included the recently enshrined Maddux and Glavine. There probably wasn’t a more intimidating presence then The Big Unit Randy Johnson on the mound, or a nastier change up thrown to a baffled left handed hitter by none other than Pedro, and there certainly is no pitcher in the game who can proudly proclaim that they’ve won over 200 games while saving over 150 like Smoltz can. That’s also not mentioning that these guys dominated during the era of powerful and high scoring offenses. Pitching not your thing? That’s ok. Craig Biggio returns one year removed from being two votes shy of enshrinement. The greatest offensive catcher –whose defense was not too shabby- Mike Piazza also returns. Amazingly talented power hitter Gary Sheffield makes his debut on the ballot this year as well. They may not be popular because of the steroid accusation cloud hovering over their heads, but both Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds also return. Let’s not forget now, Bonds is baseball’s all time home run leader and home runs hit in a season record holder. Like him or not, the man accomplished some amazing feats. Major League Baseball does an excellent job preserving their past and honoring the greats who made it so with The Hall of Fame. This year’s selection should match last year’s. Whoever gets elected, most certainly deserves it.