Rox Pile’s Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Part Six
By JD Jensen
On the Bubble
Hoffman was one of the statistical phenomenons throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s. However, he’s missed the cut his first two years on the ballot. You could assume, with a career ERA under 3.00 with 1000 plus strikeouts, he would be a sure thing.
But you have to remember he never won a Cy Young (despite being the runner up twice), and only participated in 7 all star games. That is less than half a career. Definitely impressive, but I don’t think that it is Hall of Fame worthy.
Mussina was an all time favorite player for me growing up, but that doesn’t make him a sure thing for the Hall of Fame by any means. He was really effective for only the first half of his career or so. For example, he was never an All-Star after 1999, even though he played until 2008. From 2002-2007, he had an ERA of 4.12, which was only an ERA+ of 108.
However, you could definitely argue his play in Baltimore earns him a spot. I would hope to see him make it, but he is absolutely sitting on the bubble right now.