It looks like it could be a big HOF class, which is good news considering the logjam on the ballot and the fact that writers are limited to voting for 10 players. Chipper, Thome and Vlad seem like sure things, and will go in alongside Alan Trammell and Jack Morris, elected by the Modern Era Committee. Trevor Hoffman and Edgar Martinez seem like they’ll be borderline cases, though perhaps ultimately on opposite sides of induction. Schilling won’t make it in 2018, but projects to make significant gains from last year, which would indicate that he’s just a couple years away from getting in.

Mussina, Bonds, and Clemens will again fall short—for different reasons. All three are getting slightly closer every year...but time is running out.

And Omar Vizquel, this year’s cause célèbre for one of the Hall’s traditional voting blocs and bête noire for the other? It won’t even be close.