jfg wrote:I don't know how I managed to post in this thread instead of the other one...
Yeah, Griffey and Maddux will get in.Randy Johnson and Frank Thomas as well. I can see the latter two having to wait at least one turn though because enough voters will choose to bypass the era. I just think anybody who isn't a top tier HOFer will have a tough time getting in because of the era.
I'd be shocked if The Big Unit didn't get in first blush. He is definitely a top tier candidate. He has the shiny stats: 300+ Wins, 5 Cy Youngs, 2nd all time in Ks by leading the league in 9 separate seasons. He led the league in ERA+ 6 times and ERA 4 times. He had a great peak and is one of the top 3 LHPs of all time.
Thomas might have problems due to being a DH, but his slash line of .301/.419/.555 is silly. I would hope he would get right in..
...Boston papers now and then suffer a sharp flurry of arithmetic on this score; indeed, for Williams to have distributed all his hits so they did nobody else any good would constitute a feat of placement unparalleled in the annals of selfishness. -Updike