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HOFOn Monday, January 9th the Baseball Hall of Fame will announce the 2012 class and out of the dozen plus canidates, and the weak first ballot players, I can only see five entering the Hall of Fame while others sit and wait one more year.

Barry Larkin, 3rd Year

The favorite to be inducted into the hall in this weak ballot. He was a member of the Cincinnati Reds his entire career, picking up twelve all star selections along the way. He hit .300 seven different seasons, including four consecutive years from 1990-1993. He was a major key to the 1990 World Series team, when they beat the Oakland A's. 1995 is arguably his best seasons hitting a career high .319, collected 15 home runs and 66 RBIs while being awarded his second strait Gold Glove, and an MVP.

What kept him out of theHall of fame, with last year recieving 62.1% of the votes, is probably his 960 RBIs, a low number for someone who hit .295 and 2340 times. Despite this low number of RBIs, Larkin is going to get the call.

Jack Morris, 13th Year

The best pitcher on the ballot. A 254-186 record with a astronomical 3.90 ERA, the highest by a hall of famer if inducted.



Years W-L W% K ERA Ballot
Red Ruffing 1924-47 273-225 .548 1987 3.80 15th
Ted Lyons 1923-46 260-230 .531 1073 3.67 9th
Jesse Haines 1918-37 210-158 .571 981 3.64 VC
Herb Pennock 1912-34 241-162 .598 1227 3.60 7th
Waite Hoyt 1918-38 237-182 .566 1206 3.59 VC

Out of the five on this list, only three have made it in the hall of fame by BBWAA. Jesse Haines never got more than 9% of the votes and didn't even make it to the 15th year when he was voted off in 1962 with 1.6% in his 11th ballot. Hoyt failed to make it in the hall of fame by being on the ballot 15 years and never recieved more than 20% in the BBWAA.

Morris has 3 20-win seasons includind seven consecutive seasons with 15 wins from 1982-1989, where he went 126-83 during that span. He has been in the top 5 voting in Cy Young canidations in five seperate occasions and won three World Series rings. Led the league in wins twice with 14 in 1981 and 21 in 1992, and led the league in strikeouts in 1983 with 232.

The 1980s win champion, Jack Morris is in the Hall this year.

Jeff Bagwell, 2nd Year

I have no clue why this Astros legend was not inducted into the Hall of Fame last year, when he was a sure fire first ballot inductee with 449 home runs, 1529 RBIs and .297 batting average. His career is full of acomplishments with a Rookie of the year award in 1991, getting 15 home runs, 82 RBIs, and a .294 average. In the 1994 season he won the MVP with a league leading 116 RBIs, 39 home runs, and a .368 average.

He hit 30 homeruns in six different occasions, and 40 on three, collected 100 RBIs eight times, and got .300 average six times.  Led the league in runs three times with 104 in 1994, 143 in 1999, and 152 in 2000, and was the doubles champion in 1996 with 48.

The rookie of the year and MVP, Jeff Bagwell is to be inducted this year.

Edgar Martinez, 3rd Year

He was the DH most of his career, and he didnt just hit home runs. The two time batting champion has 309 home runs and a .312 career average. He has to be inducted, but the writers tend to over look him, because of the fact that he is a DH.

He won the batting title in 1992 with a .343 average and three years later won it again with a .356 in 1995. Elected to six different all star teams, and is said by all time great Mariano Rivera "He is the toughest batter I ever faced".

I should see him in the hall of fame where he belongs, but i don't think he will get elected this year after his percentage dropped by 4 points, but one can make a case.

Bernie Williams, 1st Year

A Yankee Great, burn baby burn Bernie Williams won four rings with them. He won a batting title in 1998 with a .339 average, where he helped lead the Yankees to another championship that same year, and again in 1999 and 2000.

He is a Yankee great, no doubt, but is a five time all-star who collected 2336 hits and 1257 RBIs in his lifetime a hall of famer. Only reason he will, like Jack Morris, he was an important piece to playoff teams. Bernie holds the most RBIs in postseason history with 80, and continued the rally in the game 7 of the 2003 ALCS with a double in the eighth inning.

He won four gold gloves, and hit .300 eight different seasons and collected 200 hits twice with 150 in six different occasions.

His campaign is weak, but he will be inducted due to the playoff contributions he made to the late 90s dynasty in the Yankees, and the weak first ballot canidates.

After a 2012 ballot, the 2013 ballot will be strong with names like Mike Piazza, Curt Schilling, and Craig Biggio.