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Dan Schlossberg’s Winter Log: A Cooperstown Wish List

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In the wake of the embarrassing strikeout by the Golden Era Veterans Committee, the Baseball Hall of Fame will have to rely on the “regular” ballot to welcome new inductees next July.

More than 500 members of the Baseball Writers Association of America [BBWAA] have voted, with results to be announced in New York on Jan. 6.

Randy Johnson, the giant lefthander who bagged five Cy Youngs en route to 303 wins, is widely considered a lock. Pedro Martinez, a righthanded starter who also won Cy Young trophies in both leagues, won 90 games less but was almost as dominant a pitcher. Despite a reputation as a headhunter, he’ll earn a niche too.

John Smoltz is a strong candidate to join Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine in Cooperstown

John Smoltz is a strong candidate to join Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine in Cooperstown

So should John Smoltz, the only pitcher with more than 200 wins as a starter and 150 saves as a closer. If Dennis Eckersley was a first-ballot choice, Smoltz deserves the same recognition.

After that, it gets hard.

Barry Bonds (7 MVPs) and Roger Clemens (7 Cy Youngs) were Cooperstown sure-shots before their alleged steroids use started but did they tarnish their images enough to merit exclusion?

No one even whispers the names of Sammy Sosa, Mark McGuire, and Rafael Palmeiro anymore, and Alex Rodriguez is equally persona non grata.

With 10 ballot spots (increasing to 12 next year), these men are the most deserving:

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About Dan Schlossberg

Former AP sportswriter Dan Schlossberg of Fair Lawn, NJ has produced 35 baseball books, including autobiographies of Ron Blomberg, Al Clark, and Milo Hamilton. Also a broadcaster, he is the host and executive producer of Braves Banter and Travel Itch Radio and a contributor to Sirius XM.

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