We all agree that Rickey Henderson is first ballot Hall of Fame. If you don't, you're wrong. But are there any other Hall of Famers that can come from the 2009 Class? Yes.
Now, I personally believe that Jesse Orosco has a case for enshrinement, but that's just me. He is not why we are here. Why we are here?
David Cone. I know. You think he may have been a great player in the era where all of us bloggerspherers were just kids. But is he Hall of Fame worthy?
Why? Look at it this way. If you take away the last 3 years of Mr. Cones career?
180-102, 3.19 ERA, 2330 K's
It does compare quite favorably with...
Lefty Gomez: 189-102, 3.34 ERA, 1468 K's
Dazzy Vance: 197-140, 3.24 ERA, 2045 K's
Robin Roberts: 286-245, 3.41 ERA, 2357 K's
But yeah. He pitched 17 seasons. His ERA shot up almost three-tenths of a point. He ended up with 2658 strikeouts and just could not get that 200th win. But there is something to David Cone that can endure. He was dominant at his peak, and his powers waned during the steroid era.
He may not make it by 2024? But as far as time in memoriam will allow? He will be enshrined.