Ranking the candidates
. Best bets for the Class of 2010
Andre Dawson: Got 67 percent of the vote last year, the most of anyone not elected. In four of the last five years, the player with the most returning votes has been elected.
Bert Blyleven: Had 62.7 percent of the vote last year. Eventually, 287 wins and 3,701 strikeouts will get him in.
Edgar Martinez: First year on the ballot. A short career and being stuck at DH will hurt, but a .418 on-base percentage is hard to ignore.
Roberto Alomar: First year. Make 12 All-Star teams and you're going in sooner rather than later.
Barry Larkin: First year. Also has 12 All-Star appearances, and an MVP award for good measure.
. Maybe someday, but not this time
Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Tim Raines, Lee Smith
. Only way they get in is with a ticket
Kevin Appier, Harold Baines, Ellis Burks, Andres Galarraga, Pat Hentgen, Mike Jackson, Eric Karros, Ray Lankford, Don Mattingly, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Shane Reynolds, David Segui, Alan Trammell, Robin Ventura, Todd Zeile