Few players in baseball history were as good at leading things off at the plate as Rickey Henderson, but will the talented and sometimes controversial outfielder breeze through his first year of eligibility for Cooperstown? And although Henderson leads the class of first-time candidates for the Baseball Hall of Fame, what kind of consideration do other newcomers such as David Cone deserve? What about some returning candidates? Mark McGwire is perhaps the most prominent of the returnees, but the slugger who now seems inescapably linked to an era of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport may not generate as much debate this year as Jim Rice. On the verge of election numerous times in years past, Rice will get his last shot in 2009.
Does Jim Rice get your vote for Cooperstown?
Members of the Baseball Writers Association of America will have their say soon enough, but we want your take on baseball immortality, SportsNation. Which players deserve to be in Cooperstown? Vote for as many candidates as you like.As with the official voting, candidates need 75 percent of the vote to make the cut.