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Now that Derek Jeter has made his way to the Hall of Fame (was there really any doubt?), baseball can safely look ahead to a year from now to see who might join him and Larry Walker.

Short answer…no one.

Seriously, there are no viable first-ballot nominees that will turn enough heads to warrant them to book travel to Cooperstown. That said, could 2021 be the year that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens finally find their way through the museum’s doors?

It’s possible.

So, with just ten months until the 2020 Hall of Fame ballots are sent out…let’s get to those first ballot nominees!

IN.

No one.

ON THE BUBBLE.

Literally no one.

OUT.

MARK BUERHLE. The Chicago White Sox workhorse (and 2005 World Series champion) pitched at least 200 innings for 14-straight years and put together a solid 214-win career. Sadly, that isn’t enough.

TIM HUDSON. With a .625 winning percentage, the four-time All-Star was a good choice to send to the mound every fifth day. Unfortunately, like most of the other players on the ballot for the first time this upcoming cycle, he might not see a second ballot.

TORII HUNTER. Fun fact…only three center fielders (Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr. and Andruw Jones) have won more Gold Glove Awards than Hunter’s nine. Through 19 seasons, the five-time All-Star quietly hit .277 with 2,452 hits, 353 home runs and 195 stolen bases.

THE OTHER ELIGIBLES. AJ Burnett, Michael Cuddyer, Dan Haren, Adam LaRoche, Aramis Ramírez, Alex Ríos, Nick Swisher, Dan Uggla, Shane Victorino and Barry Zito.

This article first appeared on Hall of Very Good and was syndicated with permission.


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2020 / NYY / SS
Derek Jeter
2019 / NYY / RP
Mariano Rivera
2019 / TOR / SP
Roy Halladay
2018 / ATL / 3B
Chipper Jones
2018 / CLE / 1B
Jim Thome
2017 / TEX / C
Ivan Rodriguez
2016 / SEA / OF
Ken Griffey Jr.
2015 / ARZ / SP
Randy Johnson
2015 / BOS / SP
Pedro Martinez
2015 / ATL / SP
John Smoltz
2014 / ATL / SP
Tom Glavine
2014 / NONE / SP
Greg Maddux
2014 / CHW / 1B
Frank Thomas
2009 / OAK / OF
Rickey Henderson
2007 / SD / OF
Tony Gwynn
2007 / BAL / SS
Cal Ripken Jr.
2005 / BOS / 3B
Wade Boggs
2004 / OAK / RP
Dennis Eckersley
2004 / MIL / 3B
Paul Molitor
2003 / BAL / 1B
Eddie Murray
2002 / STL / SS
Ozzie Smith
2001 / MIN / OF
Kirby Puckett
2001 / SD / OF
Dave Winfield
1999 / KC / 3B
George Brett
1999 / TEX / SP
Nolan Ryan
1999 / MIL / SS
Robin Yount
1995 / PHI / 3B
Mike Schmidt
1994 / PHI / SP
Steve Carlton
1993 / NYY / OF
Reggie Jackson
1992 / NYM / SP
Tom Seaver
1991 / MIN / 1B
Rod Carew
1990 / CIN / 2B
Joe Morgan
1990 / BAL / SP
Jim Palmer
1989 / CIN / C
Johnny Bench
1989 / BOS / OF
Carl Yastrzemski
1988 / PIT / OF
Willie Stargell
1986 / SF / 1B
Willie McCovey
1985 / STL / OF
Lou Brock
1983 / BAL / 3B
Brooks Robinson
1982 / ATL / OF
Hank Aaron
1982 / BAL / OF
Frank Robinson
1981 / STL / SP
Bob Gibson
1980 / DET / OF
Al Kaline
1979 / SF / OF
Willie Mays
1977 / CHC / SS
Ernie Banks
1974 / NYY / OF
Mickey Mantle
1973 / PIT / OF
Roberto Clemente
1973 / MIL / SP
Warren Spahn
1972 / LAD / SP
Sandy Koufax
1969 / STL / OF
Stan Musial
1966 / BOS / OF
Ted Williams
1962 / CLE / SP
Bob Feller
1962 / BKD / 2B
Jackie Robinson

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