I intend this thread to be a great place where we can debate the merits of those who are seeking induction into their sport's HoFs. Major League Baseball just released their list of 2007 Hall of Fame class candidates today. Name (Years on ballot) ? Harold Baines (1) ? Albert Belle (2) ? Dante Bichette (1) ? Bert Blyleven (10) ? Bobby Bonilla (1) ? Scott Brosius (1) ? Jay Buhner (1) ? Ken Caminiti (1) ? Jose Canseco (1) ? Dave Concepcion (14) ? Eric Davis (1) ? Andre Dawson (6) ? Tony Fernandez (1) ? Steve Garvey (15) ? Rich Gossage (8) ? Tony Gwynn (1) ? Orel Hershiser (2) ? Tommy John (13) ? Wally Joyner (1) ? Don Mattingly (7) ? Mark McGwire (1) ? Jack Morris (8) ? Dale Murphy (9) ? Paul O'Neill (1) ? Dave Parker (11) ? Jim Rice (13) ? Cal Ripken (1) ? Bret Saberhagen (1) ? Lee Smith (5) ? Alan Trammell (6) ? Devon White (1) ? Bobby Witt (1) There are 17 newcomers to the list and 15 holdovers from last year. There appears to be 2 mortal locks to make it in their first year, Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken. What will happen to Mark McGwire in his first year of Hall eligibility? Will the BBWAA make a statement by not voting for him despite his statistical legacy due to the steroids scandal? It seems clear that Jose Canseco and Ken Caminiti, who admitted using, will be judged harshly and may not make it due to this. I'm not sure what the debate is like for the other sports HoFs, but for baseball heated arguments occur over who deserves to be inducted. I personally think baseball's All-Time Career Hits King should be in the Hall of Fame based on what he did on the field. Some do not. I expect there to be great debate over who deserves to be in. IMO, Dante Bichette, Scott Brosius, Jay Buhner, Tony Fernandez, Wally Joyner, Devon White and Bobby Witt will not get the necessary 5% of voters to vote for them and will be removed from next year's list.