So we'll play a little game in which we rundown who will be, and who will not be, voting for Bagwell in his first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame. This will be updated regularly...
Yes, Bagwell's numbers are similar to Hall of Famers Willie Stargell and Orlando Cepeda, but Bagwell played in the era of greatly inflated numbers. And besides never leading the Astros to postseason success, those inflated numbers and that inflated body lead to inevitable whispers of steroids. He has always denied it. He wasn't named in the Mitchell Report. The suspicion, however, postpones my support.
I plan to vote for Roberto Alomar, Jeff Bagwell, Bert Blyleven and Jack Morris.
Denver Post's Dave Krieger:
So this year, I'm voting for Morris, Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Alan Trammell and Tim Raines because I think they belong. I'm voting for Bagwell and Walker because I'm not sure if they belong, but I'm sure they deserve further consideration.