A Hall of Fame pre-election story is the right of every baseball writer, right? Each member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) – as well as every Blogger on the planet – is guaranteed one day each year when they can bang out a story stating what everyone that has been paying attention already knows.
I am not a member of the BBWAA or even a writer for that matter, but I can look at this year’s ballot and pick out the Hall of Famers: Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken Jr., Mark McGwire, Rich Gossage, Jack Morris, Andre Dawson and Jim Rice.
If you ask why? You haven’t been paying attention.