12 current MLB players with the best chance to make it to the HOF

Posted: 04/04/2012 by levcohen in Baseball

I will first name the 7 most likely players to make the HOF (75% chance or more). Then, I will name the 5 most likely players younger than 30 to make the HOF

1. SS Derek Jeter (38)… 100% chance..

Career Stats: .313 AVG, .383 OBP, .449 SLG, .832 OPS, 240 HR, 1196 RBI, 1769 R, 3088 H, 994 BB, 1653 K, 339 SB, 70.4 WAR

Jeter is a top 3 SS in baseball history, and rivals Honus Wagner for #1. He is a great leader, and he also has 9 gold gloves. As Yankee captain, Jeter has lead his team to championships. There haven’t been many stars at SS like Jeter. He will be a first ballot hall of famer.

2. 1B Albert Pujols (32)… 98% chance..

Career Stats: .328 AVG, .420 OBP, .617 SLG, 1.037 OPS, 445 HR, 1329 RBI, 1291 R, 975 BB, 704 K, 88.7 WAR

Albert Pujols is a near lock for the hall of fame. In his first 10 years, he set many records, and he became the first person to hit .300 with 30 HR and 100 RBI in each of his first 10 years. Last year he hit .299 with 99 RBI, so he was close to doing it yet again. For Pujols, the name of the game is consistency. Even if Pujols starts sharply declining (very unlikely), he is still a lock to make it to the HOF. He might just be the guy who breaks the HR record. The best thing about Pujols? He hasn’t been linked to steroids.

3. RP Mariano Rivera (42)… 95% chance..

Career Stats: 603 saves (most alltime), 2.21 ERA (top 15 all time) say it all

Mo Rivera is another HOF lock. Anyone who leads a major category should make it in, and Rivera is definitely no exception. Throughout the last 15 years, he has been the most reliable pitcher in baseball. This might be Mo’s last year, and he should make it into the HOF on his first ballot (five years after he retires).

4. SS/3B Alex Rodriguez (36).. 90% chance..

Career Stats: .302 AVG, .386 OBP. 567 SLG, .953 OPS, 629 HR, 1893 RBI, 1824 R, 1166 BB, 1916 K, 104.6 WAR

Arod has put up incredible stats, especially for a SS/3B. He is likely to hit 700 homers, and looking at the ranks of 3B he is wayyy ahead of anyone else. Why is he only 90%, you might ask? Because of the steroids. Voters in the BBWAA might be scared away because Arod admitted that he took steroids. However, Rodriguez only admitted to steroids for one year, and if you take that year away, he would still be a surefire hall of famer. I think he is very likely to get in, even with the steroids.

5. Chipper Jones (39).. 85% chance..

Career Stats: .304, .402. .533, .935, 454, 1561, 1561, 1455, 1358, 82.7

Chipper is retiring after this year, and has put up solid year after solid year. He should easily make the hall of fame.

6. SP CC Sabathia (31).. 75% chance..

Career Stats: 176-96, 3.51 ERA, 2017 K, 5 ASG, 1 CY Young

CC is on here because he is the most likely candidate to reach 300 wins, which historically means a spot in the HOF. At 31, he still has 5-10 good years in front of him. If he has 8 16 win season left (possible) he will win 300.

7. OF Ichiro Suzuki (38).. 75% chance..

Career Stats: .326, .370, .421, .791, 95, 606,1127, 496, 793, 54.5, 423 SB

If Ichiro had come to the states one or two years earlier, he would be a surefire hall of famer. As it is, he has a pretty good chance of making it, because he has lead the league in so many categories.

5 MOST LIKELY UNDER THE AGE OF 30:

1. 1B/3B Miguel Cabrera (28).. 65% chance

2. SS Troy Tulowitzki (27).. 65% chance

3. SP Clayton Kershaw (24).. 55% chance

4. OF Ryan Braun (28)… 55% chance

5. SP Felix Hernandez (25)… 55% chance

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