I don't have a vote (duh), and I never will. But if I did, this is my thinking about the ballot. Pretty soon we'll know how far off I am.
First, let me show two players who I think should be in, but I don't know if I vote for.
Now let me show my no doubters. I believe these guys belong in the Hall, no questions asked.
Come on. I think his problem is simply a question of being overshadowed. I think he was quite possibly the second best leadoff hitter of all time. But played at the exact same time as the greatest, so he looks like a second tier guy. He wasn't.
Early on, Johnson was a mechanical mess. 100 mph, but he didn't know where it was going, and neither did anybody else. But he put it together, he was effective well into his 40's and got 303 wins. He won 293 games after turning 26.
Let the debates begin. Look, the guy was an asshole. He was a user. And a liar. But he was a Hall of Famer before he used. He was the best pitcher in the game in the late 80's into the 90's. If he doesn't use, he gets in the Hall and for me, that's the criteria I have to use. He was a great of the game.
If you want to put Pedro Martinez, Mike Mussina, or Curt Schilling in, I don't think they lower the standards of the Hall. But I wouldn't lose any sleep over them being left out.
But that's just my thinking.