On Tuesday, pitchers John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and second baseman Craig Biggio were elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Atlanta Braves legend John Smoltz is the only pitcher in MLB history to record 200 wins and 150 saves. He reunites with former Braves’ pitchers and brothers in arms Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, who were inducted last year. Best known for his time with the Boston Red Sox, Pedro Martinez won 219 games and recorded over 3,000 strikeouts. Randy Johnson’s credentials include five Cy Young Awards and 4,875 strikeouts. Craig Biggio was finally allowed into baseball heaven after knocking on the door for the past three years. Last year, Biggio appeared on 74.8% of voting ballots; 75% is needed for induction. Biggio got more than the 75% required this year, appearing on 82% of the ballots.
While these four outstanding players more than deserve their induction, the names that did not get in will carry just as much weight. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa are still garnering votes. The census on whether or not any known steroid users should get in remains in the air. The biggest problem is if known steroid users should be allowed on the ballot. Once this elephant in the room is addressed, cliff notes on who did not get in will not dampen the excitement of future Baseball Hall of Fame announcements. Despite this, getting into the hall of fame is still a surreal achievement for John Smoltz, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Craig Biggio. The enshrinement ceremony will be held on July 26 and by then; the focus will only be on them.