John Smoltz, Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, and Pedro Martinez are officially part of the Hall of Fame. I wanted to look at each inductees cases to see if they really were deserving, and if so, to compare those to who were deemed unworthy (at this time). - There were no arguments to really be made against Martinez and Johnson. Both were not only dominating, but dominating in an era where everyone seemed to be hitting home runs. In an era filled with juiced up hitters, not a single hitter would deny these were the 2 pitchers you never wanted to face. - John Smoltz, in my opinion, while deserving, should not have been elected on the first ballot. He definitely benefitted from the aura Maddux and Glavine gave the entire Braves rotation. (I even have some friends telling me Kevin Millwood was one of the best pitchers of the era!). - Craig Biggio was one of the most underrated players to play in the steroid era. In an era when seemingly all hitters were juiced up, he was one of those scrappy players who just seemingly did everything for his team. He had 3000+ hits, .281 lifetime BA, and had more doubles than Hank Aaron… Not to mention seemingly everyone on the field. He played catcher, 2B, and CF! So it seems like Biggio, Martinez, and Johnson are no brainers. I am still wondering about Smoltz, though. This is especially true after you look at the fact that Curt Schilling (Yankee killer Schilling) and Mike Moose Mussina were not even close to making it. If you look at their respective numbers, all three have almost identical numbers. There are those who will argue that Smoltz was more versatile because he became a shut-down closer… But I have read a lot of articles (and seen a lot of instances) of starters (even bad ones) becoming lights-out relievers. So how does that prove that Smoltz was more deserving that Mussina or Schilling. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe Smoltz should be a hall of famer, but… he should a) not have been a first ballot hall of famer and b) not be considered that much better than Schilling or Mussina. Actually, I would argue that Schilling (as much as I personally dislike him) is the best of the three.