The results for this year's Hall of Fame voting (click for the full ballot with links to player info)
will be announced tomorrow, but the always exhaustive Baseball Primer has been debating the topic
for about a month, while Baseball Prospectus has presented the final results of their balloting
, in which only two players (Eddie Murray and Gary Carter) reached the magic 75% total. My own vote pretty much went along with the BP consensus, with me also including third-place Bert Blyleven as well as Goose Gossage and Jim Rice (though Rice is admittedly more of a personal favorite).
Right now there's a whole bunch of very good offensive players from the 70's, guys who seemed like HoFers at various points in their careers: besides Murray, Carter and Rice we have Andre Dawson, Steve Garvey, Dale Murphy, Keith Hernandez, and Dave Parker. And I haven't even mentioned Ryne Sandberg, Lee Smith and Jack Morris...basically, depending on where you draw the line, you could make a case for either one or 15 players being HoFers.