Rand: Looking ahead to 2015 baseball Hall of Fame vote

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  • Updated: January 8, 2014 - 10:29 PM

If you spent too much of your Wednesday getting worked up about the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement — who got in, who was left out, who gave away their vote — we’d like to save you some time and effort.

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chrisnikJan. 9, 14 1:51 AM

Pedro, Randy and Biggio should be the three next year. Smoltz will get his chance, just not his first year.

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ollie3Jan. 9, 14 9:35 AM

Pedro doesn't have the career numbers Maddux and Johnson have, but at his peak from 1997 to 2003, I'd have trouble finding any pitcher ever, maybe Koufax, who was *that* dominant over a good 7 year stretch.

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EvieJan. 9, 1411:20 AM

Millions of fans, through voting of the Veterans Committee, would also like to see Baseball Hall of Fame inductions for Tony Oliva, Maury Wills and Roger Maris.

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macdaddy1Jan. 9, 14 2:28 PM

Nobody ever seriously mentions Edgar Martinez as a Hall of Fame contender. This is sad and wrong. He is among the best, most-feared right-handed hitters I've ever seen. In the last 20 years, only Puckett, Bonds and Griffey hit the ball as consistently hard as he did. He was a butcher at third base, and, therefore, was mostly a DH, but that shouldn't be enough to keep him out. After all, we don't seem to have any problem inducting great fielders, but marginal hitters (Ozzie Smith, Bill Mazeroski and to a lesser extent Brooks Robinson). Why not a great hitter, but a marginal fielder? My 2015 votes would be for Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Victor Martinez.

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chrisnikJan. 9, 14 6:42 PM

While Edgar Martinez will likely get in eventually (He has better numbers, but if Thomas can get in on try #1, Martinez should get in by try #15), but the player who really does need more recognition is Mussina. With his career adjusted ERA at 123 (an all star level of performance - WELL above the likes of Morris and Blyleven), 1.19 WHIP, 2800+ strikeouts and 270 wins on his resume, it would be a sham to not have him in the HOF eventually.

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