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Wednesday, November 11, 2015: You know it's a long way until pitchers and catchers when we talk about the Hall of Fame candidates. This is the Hall of Fame ballot to be voted on by Dec 21st: Garret Anderson, Brad Ausmus, Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Luis Castillo, Roger Clemens, David Eckstein, Jim Edmonds, Nomar Garciaparra, Troy Glaus, Ken Griffey Jr, Mark Grudzielanek, Mike Hampton, Trevor Hoffman, Jason Kendall, Jeff Kent, Mike Lowell, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Mike Mussina, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Gary Sheffield, Lee Smith, Sammy Sosa, Mike Sweeney, Alan Trammell, Billy Wagner, Larry Walker and Randy Winn.

Some on the site feel that Fred McGriff has been wrongfully left on the outside looking in. He was supposedly clean and played in an era when a lot of players weren't. McGriff did have some longevity for sure but only led his league in HR twice and never was a dominant player. He's what I would call a compiler as he ended with 493 HR, 1550 RBI, 1349 runs, and an .886 OPS. I would have no issue if he was voted in one day but he probably wouldn't get my vote. The 2 no-brainers on this list are Ken Griffey Jr and Mike Piazza. I think that you can make a strong case for Jeff Kent, Jeff Bagwell, and Trevor Hoffman. But 2 guys that would get my vote are Curt Schilling and Mike Mussina. I rattled off Schilling's numbers at this time last year and I will do so again. He was lifetime 216-146 with a 3.46/1.14 ERA/WHIP, 2998 HA, and a phenomenal 3116/711 K/BB in 3261 IP. He had an unbelievable 2 yr stretch with the D'Backs in '01-'02 when he was 45-13 in 70 GS, a 3.10/1.02 ERA/WHIP, 455 HA, and a 609/72 K/BB in 516 IP. With the Phils in '98-'99, Schilling's K/BB of 619/119 was also top notch. His post-season speaks for itself, an 11-2 record with a 2.23/0.97 ERA/WHIP, 104 HA, and a 120/25 K/BB in 133 1/3 IP.

Mussina did all his work in the tough AL East at the height of the steroid era, winning 270 games (only 153 losses) with a 2813/785 K/BB and a 3.68/1.19 ERA/WHIP in 3562 2/3 IP. Had Mussina hung around for another season or 2 we might not be having this conversation. Tim Raines has also been overlooked with a career 808 SB, 1571 runs, 2605 hits, a .294 BA, an .810 OPS and a stout 966/1330 K/BB. I'd also have no problem if Raines got in.




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