Hayden Goethe, Published January 08 2013
Will any player get the call to the Hall today?
Probably not. According to early returns compiled by the Baseball Think Factory website (www.baseballthinkfactory.org), it looks very possible that no player will get called to the Hall today.
Joining Jack Morris – who received 66.6 percent of the vote last year – on the ballot are the messy cases of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens
It is the first year on the ballot for Bonds and Clemens, whose involvement during baseball’s steroids era makes their chances of getting the 75 percent of the vote needed unlikely.
Here’s a look at the players most likely to approach the 75 percent needed, according to early returns:
Jeff Bagwell – 56 percent of the vote last year
His suspected involvement in the steroids era, despite the absence of concrete evidence that he used performance-enhancing drugs, has hurt his chances. Hit 449 career homers.
Craig Biggio – first year on ballot
The longtime Houston Astros standout is on the ballot for the first time. He exceeded 3,000 in his career, which included stints at catcher, second base and center field. He had five seasons of 20-plus homers and won four Gold Gloves.
Jack Morris – 66.6 percent of the vote last year
No player who has received as many votes as Morris did last year has ever not received induction into the Hall of Fame in future years. Morris won 254 games and is best known for tossing 10 shutout innings in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series. His 3.90 career ERA would be the highest of any Hall of Famer if elected.
Mike Piazza – first year on ballot
Like Bagwell, there are suspicions regarding Piazza and performance-enhancing drugs. Piazza’s numbers would suggest that he’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He was a 12-time All-Star who won 10 Silver Slugger awards. He’s often considered the greatest-hitting catcher of all-time.
Tim Raines – 48.7 percent of the vote last year
Raines has had his candidacy gain steam thanks to the sabermetric community. He ranks fifth in career stolen bases and is the most efficient base stealer of all-time among players with at least 400 steals. Had a peak from 1981-87 with the Montreal Expos where he hit .310 with 504 steals (72 per season) and 63 triples.