Must have been an exciting meeting.
On Tuesday, the Hall of Fame announces who has been voted in by the Baseball Writers' Assn. of America on its 2015 ballot. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are expected to receive enough votes for induction, along with Craig Biggio, who fell short by one vote last year.
But, no matter who makes it, several deserving candidates will be left on the outside looking in. And not just for baseball's Hall of Fame. In fact, you can easily come up with three previously jilted candidates who deserve induction in the Hall of Fame of four major sports.
• Gil Hodges: If you look only at Hodges' numbers as a player, 370 home runs, two World Series titles, a .487 slugging percentage, then he is a borderline candidate. But he has one thing going for him that no other borderline candidate has — he managed the 1969 Miracle
FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story stated Gil Hodges won one World Series title as a player. He won two.
• Tim Raines: The second-greatest leadoff hitter of all time had the misfortune of playing in the same era as the greatest leadoff hitter, Rickey Henderson. It's human nature to compare them, and Raines comes up a bit short. However, that's unfair to Raines. Looking at his numbers — 2,605 hits, 1,571 runs, .294 batting average, .385 on-base percentage and 808 steals (fifth all time) — those are worthy of the Hall of Fame. Those campaigning for Wills should be campaigning for Raines.
• Buck Williams: He averaged a double-double in his career and was selected to the
• Jack Sikma: A seven-time All-Star and member of an NBA title team, Sikma is the only center to lead the league in free-throw percentage, when he shot 92.2% in the 1987-88 season. He also had more than 17,000 points and 10,000 rebounds in his career.
• Sidney Moncrief: Basketball experts always talk about defense, but when it comes to putting defensive specialists in the Hall, they remain strangely silent. Moncrief was a five-time All-Star, five-time NBA all-defensive team member, five-time All-NBA team member and two-time NBA defensive player of the year. He also averaged 15.6 points per game.
• Jerry Kramer: An offensive lineman, Kramer was a key member of Green Bay Packer teams that won the first two Super Bowls. He was selected to the
• Roger Craig: Craig was the overlooked cog in all those great Joe Montana-Jerry
• Charles Haley: A key defensive player of five
• Guy Carbonneau: A three-time winner of the Selke Award as the
• Dave Taylor: One of the few players to spend his career with one team, Taylor was part of the Triple Crown Line with Marcel Dionne and Charlie Simmer. He finished with more than 1,000 points, is in the top 40 in shooting percentage in NHL history and was a four-time All-Star.