Off topic, it's interesting how many good pitchers in the 80's couldn't put a HOF-length career together. Gooden, Valenzuela, Hershiser, Mike Scott, Saberhagen, Guidry, Steib, Steve Rogers, Welch, Viola.
On the other hand, there are many pitchers who started a decade earlier in the HOF: Seaver, Ryan, Carlton, Sutton, Hunter, Jenkins, Palmer, Neikro & Perry.
I think thinks got more strict in this era though. Hershiser was probably better than Catfish Hunter, and he topped out at a mere 11% of the vote.