Who’s a Hall of Famer?

hofHow 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
griffey
Ken Griffey, Jr.
Vladimir Guerrero
Roy Halladay
helton
Todd Helton
Trevor Hoffman
Derek Jeter
jones
Chipper Jones
Albert Pujols
Mariano Rivera
santana
Johan Santana
Ichiro Suzuki
Jim Thome (Yes, I forgot him. Thanks readers!)
Omar Vizquel

Steroids — most would be locks, but their implication with PEDs will hamper their candidacies
giambi
Jason Giambi
David Ortiz
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
arod
Alex Rodriguez
Ivan Rodriguez
Miguel Tejada

On the Bubble — players with 10+ seasons who need a few more big seasons to garner serious consideration
beltran
Carlos Beltran
Lance Berkman
Mark Buehrle
Adam Dunn
Andruw Jones
lee
Carlos Lee
Magglio Ordonez
Roy Oswalt
Aramis Ramirez
CC Sabathia
soriano
Alfonso Soriano
Billy Wagner
Michael Young
Carlos Zambrano

Falls Short — players with 10+ seasons nearing the end of their careers who will get consideration, but just won’t make it
abreu
Bobby Abreu
Garret Anderson
Johnny Damon
Jim Edmonds
glaus
Troy Glaus
Torii Hunter
Raul Ibanez
Derrick Lee
moyer
Jamie Moyer
Jorge Posada
Edgar Renteria
Scott Rolen

On Their Way — still early, but players with fewer than 10 seasons who appear to be Hall possibilities
braun
Ryan Braun
Miguel Cabrera
Carl Crawford
Prince Fielder
gonzalez
Adrian Gonzalez
Matt Holliday
Ryan Howard
Cliff Lee
lester
Jon Lester
Tim Lincecum
Evan Longoria
Joe Mauer
morneau
Justin Morneau
Jonathan Papelbon
Jake Peavy
Hanley Ramirez
reyes
Jose Reyes
Francisco Rodriguez
Jimmy Rollins
Mark Teixeira
utley
Chase Utley
Justin Verlander
Jered Weaver
Brandon Webb
wright
David Wright
Ryan Zimmerman