I believe Cooperstown will be honoring four new additions at their July ceremonies, three of which will be elected by the BBWAA and the other from the Veterans' Committee.
Craig Biggio, who narrowly missed enshrinement a year ago, falling just two votes short, will clear the hurdle this year. In the last vote, he lost points to one of the strongest groups ever enshrined.
Pedro Martinez is an absolute no-brainer. While Doc Gooden pitched the greatest season I ever saw in 1985, Pedro was the most dominating over the course of a career. In the steroid age, Pedro mowed down the very best like they were children. Even the '98 Yankees were no match for him in his prime. So he gets in on his first ballot.
Randy Johnson gets in on his first try, as well. Try stepping in against this guy hitting left-handed (hello John Kruk). Nearly impossible. Imposing. Dominate. A Hall of Fame lock.
And that brings us to Gil Hodges' enshrinement, which is long overdue. He was hurt by the fact he played on the same club as so many other HOFers--Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, etc--but the time is right to honor him posthumously. His career was similar, though better, than Joe Torre's, in that they have a rightful place in Cooperstown as a result of both their playing AND managing careers. Not many could have taken a pitiful New York Mets team from the ashes to the world championship as quickly as he did in the late Sixties.
I would still like to see Pete Rose get in, but that may have to wait until the new commissioner is installed next year. Barry Bonds is the only confirmed PED user I would vote for because he was so insanely good before he started using. And I would also like to see Keith Hernandez get at least more consideration than he did. After all, shouldn't the greatest defensive player in the history of the game at his position get a plaque? Brooks Robinson did.