The Professor, Greg Maddux's control and placement were unmatched. His 355 wins, 3.16 ERA, 3,371 strikeouts and four Cy Young Awards make the former Cubs and Braves ace a guarantee for the Hall of Fame.
2 of 22 Al Tielemans/SI
A member of the 300-win club, Tom Glavine took home the Cy Young Award in 1991 and 1998. Glavine's 1991 season was truly dominant, marked by 20 wins, a 2.55 ERA, nine complete games and a 1.095 WHIP.
3 of 22Heinz Kluetmeier/SI
A lifetime .301 hitter and one of the few recent players to join the 500 home run club without any suspicions of steroid use -- Frank Thomas was the only active player to agree to an interview with George Mitchell -- the Big Hurt will surely find himself enshrined.
4 of 22 Al Tielemans/SI
Mike Mussina's 18-year career included five All-Star Games, 270 wins and 2,813 strikeouts. He led the American League in wins and shutouts in 1995 with 19 and four, respectively, and left the game on a high note with his first 20-win season.
5 of 22 V.J. Lovero/SI
With more home runs (377) than any second baseman currently in the Hall of Fame and more RBI (1518) than all but Nap Lajoie and Rogers Hornsby, Jeff Kent's resume for enshrinement is very strong.
6 of 22 V.J. Lovero/SI
Tainted by rumors of steroids, Luis Gonzalez will again test the BBWAA next year on its stance on possible steroid users in the Hall of Fame. Gonzalez's best season ? 2001, when he hit .325 with 57 homers and 142 RBI ? may be both his best and worst argument for enshrinement.
7 of 22John Biever/SI
Randy Johnson - Eligible in 2015
The most recent, and perhaps last member of the 300-win club, Randy Johnson epitomized all things dominant and intimidating on the mound. He won 20 or more games three times, won five Cy Youngs and struck out 4,875 batters, second-most all-time.
8 of 22 Chuck Solomon/SI
Pedro Martinez - Eligible in 2015
Pedro Martinez will live in Red Sox lore forever. He earned three Cy Young Awards and eight All-Star selections over an 18-year career. He posted two seasons with an ERA under 2.00 and five seasons with a WHIP under 1.00.
9 of 22 Bob Rosato/SI
Whether as a starter or a closer, John Smoltz was always extraordinary. He received a Cy Young in 1996 as a starter, winning 24 games and striking out 276 batters with a 2.94 ERA. After Tommy John surgery forced a move to the bullpen, Smoltz broke the National League record for saves with 55 in his first full season as a closer.
10 of 22 John Iacono, V.J. Lovero, Brad Mangin, Chuck Solomon/SI
Gary Sheffield - Eligible in 2015
Gary Sheffield's name appears in the Mitchell Report, which may be all some Hall voters need to know. The nine-time All-Star and a member of the 500 home run club, Sheffield has the statistics to make a strong case for enshrinement.
11 of 22 Walter Iooss Jr./SI
Nomar Garciaparra - Eligible in 2015
The 1997 Rookie of the Year made six All-Star appearances and won back-to-back batting titles in 1999 and 2000, flirting with a .400 batting average as late as August 2000. He finished with a career .313 average.
12 of 22 Richard Mackson(2), Peter Read Miller, V.J. Lovero/SI
Ken Griffey, Jr. - Eligible in 2016
Before Barry Bonds chased the record, it was Ken Griffey Jr. that many hoped would surpass Hank Aaron as the home run king. Griffey led the American League in home runs four times, including back-to-back seasons with 56 homers in 1997 and 1998. A bad run of injuries limited his play and his numbers during the second half of his career.
13 of 22John W. McDonough/SI
The first player to reach 500 and 600 career saves, Trevor Hoffman dominated the ninth inning throughout his 18-year career. Hoffman was a seven-time All Star and led the National League in saves twice.
14 of 22 Darren Carroll/SI
Billy Wagner - Eligible in 2016
A power-throwing lefty, Billy Wagner collected 422 saves over his 16-year career. Wagner made seven All-Star Game appearances and ended his career still in command, earning 37 saves with a career-low 1.43 ERA in 2010.
15 of 22 Ronald C. Modra, Tom DiPace, John Biever/SI
One of baseball's best defensive catchers, Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez won 13 Gold Gloves, including 10 straight beginning in 1992. Rodriguez also hit .300 or better 10 times, but was alleged by Jose Canseco to have taken steroids.
16 of 22 Chuck Solomon, Clay Patrick McBride/SI; Mark J. Rebilas/US Presswire, Brain Blanco/Reuters
The mercurial star of the Indians, Red Sox and Dodgers, Manny Ramirez was capable of putting up incredible numbers (555 home runs, 1831 RBI, .312 batting average, .996 OPS) while playing the game in his unique way. However, two confirmed positive tests for steroid use under MLB's drug policy will be a lot to overcome.
17 of 22 Al Tielemans/SI
A notorious bad-ball hitter, Vladimir Guerrero could punish pitchers from all parts of the strike zone. The Expos and Angels slugger hit 449 home runs with a career .318 batting average, made eight All-Star Games and won the 2004 MVP.
18 of 22 V.J. Lovero/SI
One of the top power-hitting shortstops of his time, Miguel Tejada hit more home runs than all but two shortstops in the Hall of Fame and drove in 150 runs in 2004 en route to an MVP Award. Steroids will cloud his vote because Tejada was named in the Mitchell Report and pled guilty to charges of lying to Congress about performance-enhancing drug use in MLB.
19 of 22Bob Rosato, Al Tielemans/SI
A career .309 hitter with 426 doubles and an .871 OPS, Magglio Ordonez was an intimidating hitter during his 15-year career, leading the league in doubles in 2007 with 54. Jose Canseco claimed to have injected Ordonez with steroids in 2001.
20 of 22Walter Iooss Jr. for Sports Illustrated
Jorge Posada — Eligible in 2017
A 17-year Yankee, Jorge Posada was behind the dish for four World Series titles. He was a consistent batter, hitting 20 or more home runs eight times and making five All-Star Games.
21 of 22Ronald C. Modra/SI
For 19 years Chipper Jones wowed the fans in Atlanta with incredible hitting ability. Jones batted .300 or better 10 times and slugged 468 home runs and 549 doubles, finishing his career with a .930 OPS, eight All-Star Games and the 1999 MVP Award.
22 of 22 John Biever/SI
A tremendous fielder, Omar Vizquel won 11 Gold Gloves at shortstop and posted a .985 career fielding percentage, an all-time best for a shortstop. Vizquel also holds the MLB record for games played and double plays turned at shortstop, and set the mark for most hits by a Venezuelan player.
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