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January 10, 2014

Raising Aces

Classic Deliveries: Hall of Fame Inductees of 1990-94

by Doug Thorburn


Pitchers naturally draw most of my attention when looking at the Hall of Fame, and the voting trends of the Baseball Writers Association of America reveal some interesting tendencies when one studies the historical record. For example, there have been a total of 35 pitchers voted into the Hall by the BBWAA across the 78-year span of the voting process, yet from 1956 to 1971, Bob Feller was the only moundsman to pass through the gauntlet. There were only three pitchers enshrined during the first 11 years of the 21st century, and all three were relievers: Goose Gossage, Bruce Sutter, and Dennis Eckersley. But now we stand on the precipice of the Hall's floodgates being opened to pitchers, from the recent selections of Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine to next year's shoo-ins such as Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson.

With a nod of recognition to these great pitchers of our generation, I’d like to reflect on some of the Hall of Famers of the past, setting the time circuits to 20 years ago. Thanks to the footage at MLB.com, we have the opportunity to sofa-scout these legends of the game. What follows is a list of mechanical report cards for every pitcher who was voted into the Hall by the BBWAA from 1990-94.

It is the first installment in a series that will go through previous decades of Hall of Fame inductions, but before we begin, there are a couple of caveats:

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