On thing he alluded to several times was the jam-packed 2014 class of new candidates. He mentioned a few names that you've all heard of, like Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas.
ESPN has a poll with all the names that will be on the ballot next year, asking readers to vote for their choices. You can vote for up to 10 players. Here's the list:
As you can see, there are a TON of names on that list.
Also, more importantly, there are a ton of worth Hall of Fame candidates there. More than 10, realistically.
Even the most vehement anti-steroid voters will still see plenty of worthy candidates that belong on their ballot.
So who SHOULD get the votes?
Before I start, I should issue a disclaimer: I believe that performance enhancing drug use should be ignored. There are several reasons for that. For starters, MLB ignored it for decades. Why should we suddenly start paying attention to something that we completely ignored when it greatly benefitted baseball for years? Also, I don't want to play games with guys like Jeff Bagwell and Mike Piazza, who are suspected of PED use by many, despite the fact that there is no proof whatsoever. It's not fair to them to discriminate against them merely because of their era, when we don't know exactly who did what.
Therefore, my votes will be based solely on what they did on the field. If their numbers are up to snuff, then they've got my vote. Period.
Anyway... If I had a vote, there are quite a few guys I'd consider. Here are the ones who would get my vote:
Guys who barely missed out:
Edgar Martinez -- Very good offensive numbers, and maybe I'd give him stronger consideration on a less crowded ballot.
Fred McGriff -- Some people are very high on McGriff, but I honestly don't see it. Good, not great.
Mark McGwire -- Great HR numbers, but that's it. Not even an average player, otherwise.
Mike Mussina -- Solid pitcher for a long time, but never a dominant ace.
Rafael Palmeiro -- Was he ever even the best player on his own team? Or a legit MVP candidate? Palmeiro is the textbook example of a compiler. Pretty good over a long time, but never great.
Curt Schilling -- He might be the first guy off the list. If I were allowed to vote for 11 players, I'd vote for Schilling in a heartbeat.
Sammy Sosa -- Much like McGwire, his HR are his only claim to fame.
Who would get your vote if you had a 2014 Hall of Fame vote, and why?