The Hall of Fame is going to announce the new inductees this Tuesday. There's not a whole lot of suspense: Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn (the other one) are going in, which Mark McGwire isn't. There are a lot of guys who are on the cusp, like Andre Dawson and Bert Blyleven, but I'd guess that in a year with two slam-dunk candidates, nobody else is going in with them.
Ultimately, however, he comes out looking a bit like an offensive version of Tommy John. Dawson is still viewed as a dominating player because of his 1987 MVP and the way opposing managers feared him. More realistically, he was a very good player for a very long time. Give John an undeserved Cy Young Award in 1980, and he too would be hovering on the brink of induction on the basis of counting stats that are pretty darn good but not quite enough.Not much else going on in the baseball world. The Nats are finally going after some pitching, which may mean Tomo Ohka will have a home soon. And Randy Johnson is negotiating with the Diamondbacks to clear the way for the Yankees to get the real prize, Luis Vizcaino.