Now that Larkin and Santo are in, who will be next in the Baseball Hall of Fame?
Larkin acknowledged what Pete Rose meant to him, but didn't say anything about Rose's controversial case for the Hall of Fame.
It's probably best that way, since Rose's controversy will pale in comparison to a few guys who are eligible next year.
Next year's potential Hall of Fame class will include players who are undeniably among the best all-time at their positions.
Barry Bonds, a 7-time MVP and 14-time All Star, will be at the forefront of the discussion, followed closely by Roger Clemens, a 7-time Cy Young winner, a 1-time MVP, and 11-time All Star.
Both players have already made appearances in court related to performance enhancing drug use (and subsequently lying about it), and both are the poster boys for performance enhancing drugs in baseball.
The Baseball Writers Association of America have already rejected Mark McGwire so far, who once held the single season home run record and 583 career home runs, 10th on the all time list. McGwire openly took androstenedione, which was legal at the time but is now banned in baseball.
The voters also snubbed Jeff Bagwell in his first year of ineligibility, despite no evidence whatsoever of PED use, and a clear HOF-worthy career. The suspicion alone was enough to keep Bagwell out, at least for now.
Bonds and Clemens, however, are better players than either McGwire or Bagwell, and it's not even close. Bagwell and McGwire were great, but Bonds and Clemens were ALL-TIME greats. They were Hall of Fame caliber players even before their suspected PED use.
But will it matter? There's still some time left before anyone has to make a decision, but what do you think the voters should do?