Hey guys, I've been reading this blog for a short time now and decided to make my first post.
Now that Goose Gossage got inducted to the Hall of Fame, it is time to start thinking of the 2009 class. On that ballot we may see 3 players who played for the Diamondbacks at the end of their careers and all made a contribution to the 2001 World Series win. It is highly, highly, highly doubtful that any of the 3 get inducted as a DBack, but any of them would be the first to get in after playing for the DBacks (although Todd Stottlemyer and Devon White have been on the ballot). So the question is: Which of the 3 players will be a first ballot Hall of Famer: Mark Grace, Matt Williams, Jay Bell.
It is no doubt Gracie will get in first try, but I doubt the other 2 will. Both had solid careers, but they are not first balot Hall of Famers. Williams is much more likely to eventually get in than Bell, but it will take a weak class in the future for Williams to make it.