With Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas on the ballot for the first time next year, and Randy Johnson and Ken Griffey, Jr. as first timers in 2015 and 2016 respectively, some headline years are looming for the Hall of Fame.
And since New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera is retiring this year and Derek Jeter is nearing retirement, Mower said she thinks there may even be a record-breaking crowd in the next decade. Rivera’s chances of being inducted in 2019 is as close to a sure thing as the Hall of Fame will ever get.
Sure, this weekend might have stunk for business in Cooperstown. However, perhaps baseball should celebrate — as it may be the last Cooperstown weekend of innocence. The Hall of Fame voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America stood up for integrity. Although they were presented with a star-studded Hall of Fame ballot, they kept those connected with steroid use out for at least one year. Will it be possible forever? probably not.
Being a member of the Hall of Fame should be considered an ultimate honor and it should not be easy to become a member of such an elite group. Although we would love to see local businesses prosper, that is not what the Hall of Fame Induction is all about.