May 21st, 2008
The ballot for the 2012 Hall of Fame Class could include:
Craig Biggio (retired)
Mike Piazza (retired)
Roger Clemens (limbo)
Barry Bonds (limbo)
Sammy Sosa (no idea)
Statistically speaking, it would be the greatest Hall of Fame class since the first:
Speaking as a Lifetime Honorary member of the Baseball Writers Association of America who votes each December, I say let’s just throw Pete Rose onto the ballot for 2012 as well (in place of Sosa, a doubtful first-balloter) so we can make it a legit five-on-five and let everyone have at it.
You would match up Bonds again Ruth, Clemens against Johnson, Rose against Cobb. Mathewson and Piazza both basked in the big-city limelight, both dominating over a long period, so we’ll pair those two. That leaves primary infielders Biggio (2,850 games, 291 homers, .281, 414 steals) and Wagner (2,787 games, 101 homers, .329, 722 steals).
Could be fun. Give me five years to let all the he-said/she-saids play out, see if anything changes with Charlie Hustle in a half-decade, and just imagine what it could be like with Clemens and Piazza together in Cooperstown for a whole loving weekend.
Looking forward to your blogs about the whole subject, now that Piazza has walked away for good.