- Rich "Goose" Gossage: Perhaps the biggest oversight in the Hall's rich history this side of Buck O'Neil. Not to mention how emotional and fun the Goose will be at the podium, he was easily the most dominant reliever (never mind closer) in baseball for 11 years. He's going to get in this year because the class of wannabes is so slim. He should have been in 10 years ago. There's no riding the fence with Goose. I only wish he would go in as a Padre instead of a Yankee. Plus think of all the Pine Tar Highlights we'll get to see over the next 7 months(Baseball-Reference HOF Monitor: 126 -- anything higher than 100 means they should be in).
- Jim Rice: I don't know how I never thought of him as a no brainer. The only excuse for him not being in is that he hated the media. Christ, he played in Boston on some very good Boston teams. And Curt Schilling, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez and company are going to get votes just because they played in Boston (although Manny would be a shoe-in if he played in Tampa Bay). Rice had an incredible run, was on two Sox teams that were thisclose to winning the World Series, and surly bastard or not, he deserves a plaque (Baseball-Reference HOF Monitor: 146.5).
- Mark McGwire: He doesn't have a prayer because of the media's witch hunt on steroids. But it's called the Hall of FAME people, and for a good period of time, there was no player more famous than McGwire. Neither the A's or Cardinals have given out his #25 to another player since he left those teams, even though neither has officially retired the number -- yet. The more likely story is that McGwire will actually lose votes this year and fall completely off the ballot (Baseball-Reference HOF Monitor: 169.5).
- Dale Murphy: For all of those years when the only baseball you could watch on cable were Braves or Cubs games, we forget that Dale Murphy was really fucking good, and an argument can be made that he was the best player of the 1980's. Turned into a Gold Glove Center Fielder after starting out as a CATCHER. If he played in New York there'd be an annual outcry as to why he never gets voted in (Baseball-Reference HOF Monitor: 115.5).
- Andre Dawson: Another guy who, when you go back and look at the numbers, was incredible for his time. I remember when he went to the Cubs how Harry Carey and Steve Stone would always brag about how we were watching a Hall of Famer in action. I get why some people hold a grudge against McGwire because of that grease fire he made in front of Congress a few years ago. But to forget about the Hawk is just silly (Baseball-Reference HOF Monitor: 118).
By the way, poor old Chuck Finley's HOF Monitor is only 53.5. He did get to engage in sexual congress with Tawny Kitaen though.CLICK TO READ ENTIRE POST!