Sign up for a free Courant newsletter for a chance to win $100 P.C. Richard gift card

Mark Gonzales' MLB Hall of Fame ballot

Jeff Bagwell: Bagwell might have won multiple Gold Glove Awards if J.T. Snow had not changed leagues in 1997. But first baseman's bat makes a convincing case with 449 home runs, eight 100-RBI seasons and .297 batting average.

Trevor Hoffman: Hoffman's 601 career saves are even more impressive considering he relied exclusively on his changeup during the steroid era.

Vladimir Guerrero: Guerrero was like the two-way football standout you feared at the plate (.318 batting average, 10 100-RBI season) and in right field with his powerful arm.

Jeff Kent: In addition to being one of the top hitting second basemen in major-league history, Kent played with a toughness (coping with a torn ligament in his knee in 1998) matched by few.

Edgar Martinez: They named an award for the top designated hitter for Martinez, who batted .302 with runners in scoring position to go along with a .418 on-base percentage.

Ivan Rodriguez: Ten consecutive All-Star/Gold Glove seasons provide a strong case. Caught at least 100 games in 10 consecutive seasons after age 28.

Tim Raines: Rickey Henderson raised the bar for leadoff hitters, but the left fielder provided his own dominance with a .385 on-base percentage and six consecutive seasons of 70 stolen bases or more.

Billy Wagner: Wagner's career was like his body — compact. But he dominated long enough to be a Hall of Famer, evidenced by his 422 saves, 2.31 ERA and 1,196 strikeouts in only 903 innings.

Copyright © 2017, CT Now
40°