How cool it must be for a guy like Albert Pujols. He just began his 10th season in the major leagues — the minimum to be considered for the Hall of Fame. Even if his career ended tomorrow, he would be a lock to get in. Hopefully it won’t end anytime soon, so he now gets to play the next 10 years or so as a sure-fire HOFer. It must be a nice feeling. That got me thinking about players in the league today whom we might see in Cooperstown some day. I only took into account players who are signed for this season, so guys like Pedro Martinez, Gary Sheffield and John Smoltz were not considered. Here’s what I came up with. I welcome your comments:
Locks — players with 10+ seasons who are no-doubt-about-it first ballot Hall of Famers
Ken Griffey, Jr.
Jim Thome (Yes, I forgot him. Thanks readers!)
Steroids — most would be locks, but their implication with PEDs will hamper their candidacies
On the Bubble — players with 10+ seasons who need a few more big seasons to garner serious consideration
Falls Short — players with 10+ seasons nearing the end of their careers who will get consideration, but just won’t make it
On Their Way — still early, but players with fewer than 10 seasons who appear to be Hall possibilities