The important new names are Andruw Jones, Chipper Jones, Hideki Matsui, Jim Thome, Johan Santana, Johnny Damon, Scott Rolen and Omar Vizquel. Each of them sorta has a HOF claim (Matsui would need some credit for Japan). And fourteen people got enough votes last year to stay on, with both Vlad and Hoffman really close to getting elected.
Of the new group, Chipper should be a lock and Thome should be as well. I'd vote for Andruw Jones first ballot but it'll take him a while. Scott Rolen will eventually get in but probably not this year. I think Vizquel eventually gets in as well. The rest don't.
Of the returning guys, Edgar Martinez and Fred McGriff are on their 9th ballot. McGriff won't make it and Edgar has a lot of votes to get. Moose, Schilling, Clemens, Bonds, Larry Walker, Manny, Sheffield, Kent, Wagner and Sosa are the other names, all of which were behind Martinez in voting last year.
Regardless, it's quite likely that the voters put in at least 3 guys this year (Vlad, Hoffman and Chipper) and maybe even a forth (Thome). That's a solid class regardless of what the vets committee does (and they'll probably vote in at least one guy).
Edited by gunnarthor, 20 November 2017 - 12:52 PM.