Steroids aside, Mark McGwire is not a Hall of Famer in my opinion. He was a one-dimensional hitter who did not dominate at his position for at least 10 years.
Bill Madden last Sunday had an interesting benchmark for Hall of Fame consideration when the case is not clear cut, as with McGwire: 2,000 hits. And he made a very interesting comparison of McGwire with another gigantic slugger, Harmon Killebrew. Here's Madden's piece:
The importance of 2,000 hits
Considering the inevitability of the outcome - Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn will almost certainly be elected with overwhelming pluralities - this year's Hall of Fame election, to be announced Jan. 9, has not lacked intrigue. Specifically, there has been much speculation as to whether this might be the first time a player is elected unanimously (Tom Seaver has the all-time highest plurality with 98.84%, being named on 425 of the 430 ballots cast in 1992, three of which were sent in blank in protest of Pete Rose not being allowed on the ballot).
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