2019 Baseball Eligibles (26)

Andy Pettitte took PEDs and apologized for it. He was forgiven by not just the fans of the New York Yankees but baseball fans in general. That fact (an important one) makes him the most intriguing candidate for this year as his contriteness might make him Hall of Fame worthy.   Still, if the PED issue is not a factor, is Andy Pettitte an HOF contender?…
Used mostly as a Starting Pitcher throughout his career, Brad Penny was a two time All Star while with the Los Angeles Dodgers and was the second runner up for the National League Cy Young Award in 2007. Penny had an overall record of 119 and 100 with a career bWAR of 19.5. The Bullet Points: Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Blackwell, OK) Eligible In: The…
While Darren Oliver is not likely to get a vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame the Pitcher went twenty years, a rarity for any player in any sport. Oliver was a starter at the beginning of his career but was mostly used in middle relief and finished his career with a 118 and 98 record.
Derek Lowe is one of the few Pitchers to earn All Star appearances as both a Starter and a Closer and was a big reason that the Boston Red Sox broke the curse and won the World Series in 2004 with a post season record of 3-0 that year. Lowe would spend seventeen seasons in the majors and posted good career numbers but not enough…
Freddy Garcia was a star with the Seattle Mariners in the early 2000’s but over the journey his career would be a journeyman with multiple major league clubs. Garcia would win a World Series Ring with the Chicago White Sox in 2005 and was also a two time All Star with Seattle.
Another member of the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals championship team who is eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019, Jake Westbrook actually had his best years with the Cleveland Indians. Westbrook was used primarily as a Starting Pitcher and would retire with a record of 105 and 103.
The 2004 National League Rookie of the Year would put up some good numbers for the Pittsburgh Pirates and would be a three time All Star. Accumulatively, he hasn’t done enough for the Baseball Hall of Fame, but we expect that the British Colombia native will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
Jon Garland won 18 games in consecutive seasons for the Chicago White Sox and had a great season in 2005 when he won the World Series and was named to the American League All Star team. The sinkerball pitcher would win 136 games in his career.
Defecting from his native Cuba so that he could join the Majors, Jose Contreras may not have had the career so many expected from him, but he is a World Series Champion with White Sox and made an All Star team in 2006.
Known mostly for his speed, Juan Pierre would lead his respective league in Stolen Bases three times and would also lead the NL in Hits twice. Pierre, a member of the 2004 World Series Champion, Florida Marlins is also a member of the 2,000 Hit Club.
“The Greek God of Walks”, Kevin Youkilis is also a “God” at Fenway as the popular infielder is a two time World Series Champion as a member of the Red Sox. Youkilis finished as high as third in MVP voting (2008) and he was a three time All Star as well as a one time Gold Glove winner.
Lance Berkman was the third “Killer B” of the Houston Astros, though it was his Comeback Player of the Year season with St. Louis (that also netted him his only World Series Ring) that he might hold most dear. Berkman’s overall Hall of Fame candidacy is an interesting one as he is a six time All Star, finished in the Top Ten in MVP voting…
The Relief Pitcher has always struggled to enter the halls of Cooperstown, but they are there. With Mariano Rivera there should be no doubt that the not only should he enter the Baseball Hall of Fame, but he should enter immediately. There should be no less for the greatest closer of all time. This isn’t just because he has the most Saves in history. There…
Michael Young was a seven time All Star, a former Batting Champion and a two time leader in Hits, but his relatively low bWAR, largely due to poor defensive numbers could easily take him out of the equation for those who follow the SABR stats. Young was a very good player who had well over 2,000 Hits and retired with a .300 Batting Average but…
While Miguel Tejada is a former MVP in Major League Baseball he is also known PED user; a label that has kept PED users out of the Hall of Fame. Forgetting that, Tejada is a man with a 46.9 bWAR and a multi-time Silver Slugger Award winner and retired close to 2,500 Hits. The Dominican has numbers that are very good but realistically were not…
A middle reliever for most of his career, Octavio Dotel spent fifteen years playing for thirteen teams. The Dominican Pitcher would win a World Series Ring with the St. Louis Cardinals and recorded 109 Saves with a 59 and 50 record.
While Placido Polanco had a very good career in Major League Baseball and had over 2,000 Hits and a Silver Slugger Award, stats that would surprise many. Polanco was also a two time All Star and a two time Gold Glove recipient and while he was a very good player, he does not have Cooperstown credentials…though was a lot better than most people remember!  


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A dependable Catcher for years, Ramon Hernandez was named an All Star in 2003 with a bit of pop in his bat (169 Home Runs). The Venezuelan would lead the AL in Assists as a Catcher in 2006 and threw out the most baserunners that year too.
One of the nicer men in professional baseball, Roy Halladay was also one of the best. The Starting Pitcher would excel with both the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies and was considered amongst the elite during his prime. Halladay is one of the few pitchers to win Cy Young Award in both the National League and American League and is an eight time…