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The 1997 National League Rookie of the Year, Scott Rolen, is in our eyes the most intriguing candidate of those eligible in 2018. Rolen was a very good hitter, who topped the 2,000 Hit and 300 Home Run mark in his career, played in seven All Star Games and at first look would appear an outside looking in candidate for the Baseball Hall of Fame.…
Scott Podsednik was a member of the 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series Championship Team, which incidentally was the only year he made the All Star Team. Podsednik was the runner up for the National League Rookie of the Year in 2003 and would lead the NL in Stolen Bases a year later. The Bullet Points: Country of Origin: U.S.A. (West, TX) Eligible In: The…
Rafael Furcal was the 2000 National League Rookie of the Year, and the native of the Dominican Republic would earn three All Star appearances and led the National League in Triples in 2003. Furcal was regarded as a good defensive player and in offence he contributed 1,811 Hits with 314 Stolen Bases. He was a member of the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals World Series Championship…
Orlando Hudson was a two time All Star with 1,319 career Hits, but it was his glove that he was most known for, as the Second Baseman won four Gold Gloves in his career and led the league in Assists for a Second Baseman three times and in Range Factor/Nine Innings for his position five times. Hudson would retire with an overall bWAR of 30.9.…
Omar Vizquel was considered one of the best defensive Shortstops of all time, earning eleven Gold Gloves and posting a career Defensive bWAR that is ranked 10th of all time. He had a decent offensive career as he fell 133 Hits shy of 3,000, but that was more from lasting until the age of 45, as opposed to any monster season that he had. Vizquel…
Miguel Batista was a longtime journeyman pitcher who spent time as a Starter, a Middle Reliever and a Closer. His most memorable season had to be in 2001 where he was a member of the 2001 World Series Champions in Arizona, where he won a Game in the NLDS and threw eight shutout Innings in the World Series. He won’t receive a vote for the…
Livan Hernandez had a long and productive career in Major League Baseball, and though he was never really among the elite Pitchers in the game, he was a valuable innings eater, a more than above average hitting Pitcher and finished off his career with a respectable 178 and 177, 1,976 Strikeouts and a 25.2 bWAR. Overall, it is not a Hall of Fame resume, but…
Kevin Millwood had a long career and showed flashed of brilliance where he was an All Star once, he finished in the top ten in Cy Young Voting twice, and had one season where he led the National League in WHIP and in Earned Run Average in the American League another time. Had Millwood had a more consistent career, he might have accrued a vote…
So much greatness was expected from Kerry Wood, who won the National League Rookie of the Year in 1998, but he required Tommy John surgery the year after taking him out of the entire 1999 season. Wood would eventually come back and lead the NL in Strikeouts in 2003, but again injuries would pile up. He would a have tow year run as a closer…
Johnny Damon came close to getting to the 3,000 Hit mark in his career (2,769) and did have other decent career numbers with 235 Home Runs, 1,139 Runs Batted in and 408 Stolen Bases. Damon was also a very popular figure who won two World Series (one in Boston and one in New York), but a look at his individual campaigns show that of a…

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  • 49. Bobby Bonds
    49.  Bobby Bonds
    It seemed like Bobby Bonds was always in someone’s shadow.  As a kid breaking into the Giants he shared an outfield with Willie Mays.  In his final years, he remained a talented pro but was regulated to journeyman status bouncing around the league.  Currently, he is Barry’s father.  We prefer to think of him as one of the…
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