My quick take:
Roberto Alomarâ€”Yes. Absolutely. Without question.
Kevin Appierâ€”Nice pitcher. But a big NO.
Harold Bainesâ€”Very good player. But not great.
Bert Blylevenâ€”Yes. Was a better pitcher than Don Sutton, but lacks the magic 300. Deserves a spot.
Ellis Burksâ€”One of the truly nice guys. But nope.
Andre Dawsonâ€”Not quite great enough.
Andres Galarragaâ€”Big Cat, Big No.
Pat Hentgenâ€”Zero chance.
Mike Jacksonâ€”If one took the time to check, he’d find 8,053 ‘Thriller’ references throughout this closer’s career. As for the Hall, eh, no.
Eric Karrosâ€”Not even close.
Ray Lankfordâ€”Worse than Eric Karros. No.
Barry Larkinâ€”Larkin was one of the best middle infielders of his generation. But I lean toward no.
Edgar Martinezâ€”A wonderful hitter, but no.
Fred McGriffâ€”No. But a case can be made: Nobody I know thinks McGriff used PEDs. He was a dominant power hitter in an era of cheats and frauds. He carried Toronto and, for a brief time, Atlanta and San Diego.
Jack Morrisâ€”Yes, yes, yes. Should have made it eons ago.
Dale Murphyâ€”No, but a great player.
Dave Parkerâ€”Sans the drug problems and weight gains, woulda had a chance. Side note: A female reporter who covered the Pirates back in the day told me Parker was a real pig. Once, he went up to her in the clubhouse, butt naked, and said, “I bet you want some of this.” while pointing to his penis. Reporter replied, “First I’d have to find it under all your fat.”
Tim Rainesâ€”Without question. He and Rickey were the two most dominant table setters the game ever saw. And yes, that includes Lou Brock. Brock was a first-ballot enshrinee, Raines has better numbers.
Shane Reynoldsâ€”Who? (I’m just kidding. But, uh, who?)
David Seguiâ€”Hee, hee.
Lee Smithâ€”No, but the case can be made.
Alan Trammellâ€”See Smith, Lee.
Robin Venturaâ€”No, but a great friggin’ guy.
Todd Zeileâ€”Same as Ventura.