On the fifth installment of the 5-Tool Podcast (@5ToolPodcast), hosts Nick Hamelin (@NickHamelin) and Jeff Snider (@snidog) talked with Eno Sarris (@enosarris) of FanGraphs and Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) of NBC Sports about yesterday’s Hall of Fame announcement. Among the topics discussed:
- David Eckstein‘s two Hall of Fame votes, and the fact that he is done a disservice by people who get so caught up in his scrappiness they forget that he was better at baseball than they will ever be at anything.
- How the Hall of Fame should address Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and other suspected or proven users of performance-enhancing drugs.
- An early look at who gets in next year, with Manny Ramirez, Ivan Rodriguez, Vladimir Guerrero, and Jorge Posada joining an already-loaded ballot.
- Alan Trammell falling off the ballot and the chances for a Tigers reunion in Cooperstown if the veterans committee puts Trammell, Lou Whitaker, and Jack Morris in the Hall.
- Ken Griffey‘s backward hat and what elements of our early-20s wardrobes we would want immortalized on a bust.
- The futures of Jeff Kent, Edgar Martinez, and others.
- Opinions on any changes that should be made to the voting electorate or process.
Thanks to Craig and Eno for joining us, and thanks to all our listeners for listening. We’ll be back next week.