Just looking at the first years on the ballot, you have a ton of “locks” for a spot in the Hall of Fame. Mariano Rivera might just be the best closer in MLB history, so he is as good as in. Some of the other players that may get some votes are Roy Halladay (who’s responsible for multiple no-hitters, including a perfect game), Roy Oswalt, and Miguel Tejada (but he has steroid allegations behind him that will hinder his votes).
But that is just the first year. There is a lot of players that might not make it until 2019. To name a couple, you have Jim Thome, Scott Rolen, and Chipper Jones should either get in (in the case of Thome and Jones) and Rolen will get a decent percentage of the vote. Still, you have a few players who could make the 2019 Hall of Fame class really good.
Why does this matter to “Toddy Ball-Game”? Let’s look away from the facts, and towards the cold, hard truth. Voters probably will not just let an unlimited number of players into the hall of fame in any given year. If Helton is not considered among the top of those players, he could potentially be on the outside looking in.