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Stark: Casting a vote for McGwire
It makes more sense to vote for players like Mark McGwire than to try to pick and choose who did what, and when, and why.

Neyer: Hall voting numbers don't always add up Insider
Strangely, players like Hank Gowdy have garnered more Hall of Fame support over the years than some players with far superior credentials.

Hall of Famers vs. non-Hall of Famers: Who would win?
Do players like Bert Blyleven, Jim Rice and Mark McGwire belong in Cooperstown? To find out, simulates a series against current Hall of Famers.

Caple: Open the process
It's time the Hall of Fame starts including non-writers in the Cooperstown's process, such as broadcasters and statisticians, writes Jim Caple.

Famers on the Fringe: Four who are close to Cooperstown
Jim Rice, Goose Gossage, Bert Blyleven and Andre Dawson received more than 50 percent of the vote last year. Are they Hall of Famers?

Neyer: Is McGwire a Hall of Famer based on performance? Insider
Mark McGwire was considered a one-dimensional player, but that dimension -- hitting -- was Hall of Fame-worthy.

Law: Six players who belong in the Hall of Fame Insider
Cal Ripken Jr. is among six players on the Hall of Fame ballot who deserve to have a plaque in Cooperstown, blogs Keith Law.

Caple: Open the process
It's time the Hall of Fame starts including non-writers in the voting process, such as broadcasters and statisticians.

Crasnick: Hall of Fame candidates go high-tech to spread the word
With Web sites, e-mail and a little help from their friends, some Hall of Fame candidates have taken their Cooperstown campaigns to a new level.

Kurkjian: Ripken always played to win
With his power, perseverance and presence, Cal Ripken was unlike any shortstop who's ever played the game.

Kurkjian: Bat served as Gwynn's magic wand
No one had a greater knowledge of and passion for hitting than Tony Gwynn, who's a lock for induction into Cooperstown next July.

Neyer: Hall of Fame is about greatness, not stories Insider
The Hall of Fame should be used to define greatness, not to keep stories alive about baseball's rich history.

Olney: Ripken's success all about effort
Cal Ripken took his modest hitting talent and combined it with his imagination and exceptional effort to have a Hall of Fame career.

Thompson: Hunting down McGwire
Wright Thompson searches for Mark McGwire and finds the controversial slugger has left his past far behind.

Wojciechowski: Letting the plaques do the talking
Hall plaques have platitudes and stats. But how about defining a career? Gene Wojciechowski says what four future plaques would say.

Gomez: Treating Hall of Fame vote with honor
Pedro Gomez doesn't take his Hall of Fame vote lightly, which is why he won't vote for Mark McGwire.

Olney: A Hall vote for Gwynn Insider
Count on Tony Gwynn getting plenty of votes and being on the podium in Cooperstown next summer, blogs Buster Olney.

Stark: McGwire issue a mess for Hall Insider
Does Mark McGwire belong in the Hall of Fame? Jayson Stark says now is only the start to the Hall's steroid mess.


LINKS • Complete listing of Hall of Famers
• 2007 Hall of Fame voting
• 2006 Hall of Fame index page
Cal Ripken Position: Shortstop/third base
Team: Baltimore Orioles
Seasons: 21
Career Highlights:
   • 1982 AL Rookie of the Year
   • 1983, '91 AL Most Valuable Player
   • 19-time All-Star
   • 1991, 2001 All-Star Game MVP
   • Seven-time AL Silver Slugger winner
   • Two-time Gold Glove winner
   • Most consecutive games played (2,632)
   • MLB All-Century Team
Tony Gwynn Position: Right field
Team: San Diego Padres
Seasons: 20
Career highlights:
   • 15-time All-Star
   • Eight-time NL batting champion
   • Seven-time NL Silver Slugger winner
   • Five-time Gold Glove winner
   • .338 career batting average