Looking Ahead to the 2016 HOF Class

cooperstownsignWith the announcement today that Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Craig Biggio were inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame, I thought I would take a quick look at the 2016 ballot listed on Baseball-Reference.com. Baseball fans can’t get enough of this stuff… so why not?

The only new player on the ballot next year that is a slam dunk is Ken Griffey Jr. Trevor Hoffman will be included next year and will definitely get some support,but he’s not getting elected in his first try. Outside of maybe Jim Edmonds, the rest of the first-year guys in 2016 are likely to not get enough votes to stay on the ballot after the first year.

Mike Piazza was close this year, and I think the weak ballot next year means the Hall will be opening their doors to him. Ditto for Jeff Bagwell and, perhaps, Curt Schilling. If the voters are feeling really spunky, maybe Tim Raines gets enough in his ninth year to make it.

I’ve already made my feelings clear on Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds – they belong in the Hall of Fame. I don’t think they’ll make it next year, but I can see momentum building that gets them in in two or three. Let’s remember there were rumors about Piazza, Bagwell, and others, yet the voters seem to be taking it out on two guys. Very hypocritical, if you ask me.

I am also hoping Bud Selig considers lifting Pete Rose’s ban before he leaves office at the end of the month. I would love to see him open Pete’s way to the Hall, while still keeping him from actively participating in current baseball activities. His on-the-field performance earned him a chance to be in the Hall. His off-the-field betting means he shouldn’t be allowed to be a manager or front office executive.

2017’s first-year members aren’t real strong either – unless you count PED guys Ivan Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez. So, there is definitely a chance that the rest of this strong class from the 2015 ballot, including someone like Mike Mussina, will make it in the next two years.

2 thoughts on “Looking Ahead to the 2016 HOF Class

  1. Junior is a shoe-in for 2016. Hoffman should get serious consideration. As for Jimmy Edmonds, I’m not so sure. He had an excellent career – similar to Jim Rice. I think, eventually, he’ll get in.

    Mike Piazza and Jeff Bagwell have been dogged by rumors of PEDs. Rock Raines doesn’t get the respect he deserves. Curt Schilling, Lee Smith, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina & Fred McGriff should be in, but it will take time.

    As for Piazza & Bagwell, I see them getting the call within the next two years, and that will open the floodgates for the rest of those who fall under the PED umbrella.

    I was shocked that Carlos Delgado fell under the 5% line in his first year of eligibility and will not be on next year’s ballot. He was one hell of a player and exciting to watch.

    I’m also sad for Donnie Baseball. Even as a Red Sox fan, I think it’s a shame that Mattingly will have to wait for the Veterans’ Committee.

    Buster Olney was 100% correct, today, when he said the voting procedure needs to be amended. He would have voted for 17 players, but was limited to ten. I would have casted ballots for 17: R. Johnson, P. Martinez, C. Biggio, J. Smoltz, M. Piazza, J. Bagwell, T, Raines, C. Schilling, L. Smith, E. Martinez, A, Trammell, M. Mussina, J. Kent, F. McGriff, G. Sheffield, D. Mattingly & C. Delgado.

    As for Pete Rose, I’m still torn about his overall candidacy. That’s another debate for another day.

    • I agree with you on Mattingly. I think the injuries/shorter career did him in. I’m a Sox fan as well. Mattingly, Jeter, and Mariano are three Yankees I always respected.

      I hope the open the voting up to at least 12. I think there are so many worthy players now they have to do something – especially with the PED guys splitting the votes so much.