Awards = HOF? Part Three: The Rookie of the Year (MLB)

Awards = HOF?  Part Three: The Rookie of the Year (MLB)
16 Nov
2015
Not in Hall of Fame
Can I repeat one more time that this isn’t meant to be scientific.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com thought it would be fun to take a look at the major awards in North American team sports and see how it translates into Hall of Fame potential.

Needless to say, different awards in different sports yield hall of fame potential.  In basketball, the team sport with the least amount of players on a roster, the dividend for greatness much higher.  In baseball, it is not as much as a great individual season does not have the same impact.

It is baseball where we take a look at the Rookie of the Year Award, a trophy that has been awarded since 1947, where that year and in 1948 there was only one winner.  In 1949, the award branched off for one in the National League and one in the American League.



The following are the past MLB players who have won the Rookie of the Year award who are eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame and have been enshrined.



Jackie Robinson, Second Base, Brooklyn Dodgers (ML: 1947)

Willie Mays, Outfield, New York Giants (NL: 1951)

Luis Aparicio, Shortstop, Chicago White Sox (AL: 1956)

Frank Robinson, Outfield, Cincinnati Reds (NL: 1956)

Orlando Cepeda, First Base, San Francisco Giants (NL: 1958)

Willie McCovey, First Base, San Francisco Giants (NL: 1959)

Billy Williams, Outfield, Chicago Cubs (NL: 1961)

Rod Carew, Second Base, Minnesota Twins (AL: 1967)

Tom Seaver, Pitcher, New York Mets (NL: 1967)

Johnny Bench, Catcher, Cincinnati Reds (NL: 1968)

Carlton Fisk, Catcher, Boston Red Sox (AL: 1972)

Eddie Murray, First Base, Baltimore Orioles (AL: 1977)

Andre Dawson, Outfield, Montreal Expos (NL: 1977)

Cal Ripken Jr., Shortstop, Baltimore Orioles (AL: 1982)



That isn’t very many is it?

The former Rookies of the Year who are Hall of Fame eligible who have not been enshrined is a very diverse list consisting of players who have serious Hall of Fame cases to those who did not make the minimum ten years of MLB service to become eligible.  

As such, with this group, we will illustrate the Hall of Fame votes that each player received and a brief snapshot of their statistics.



The following are the players who have won either the MLB, American League or National League Rookie of the Year who are eligible for the Hall of Fame who have not been chosen:



Alvin Dark, Shortstop, Boston Braves (ML: 1948)

3 Time All Star, 1 Time World Series Champion, 2,089 Hits, .289/.333/.411 Slash Line, 42.0 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for fifteen years and finished as high as 18.5% in 1979. 

Roy Sievers, Outfield, St. Louis Browns (AL: 1949)

4 Time All Star, Home Run Title (AL: 1957), RBI Title (AL: 1957), 1,703 Hits, 318 Home Runs, 1,147 RBI, .267/.354/.475 Slash Line, 25.6 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for two years and finished as high as 1.1% in 1971.

Don Newcombe, Pitcher, Brooklyn Dodgers (NL: 1949)

3 Time All Star, 1 Time MVP, 1 Time Cy Young Award Winner, Wins Title Strikeouts Title (NL: 1951), (NL: 1956), WHIP Title (NL: 1955 & 1956), BB9 Title NL: 1955, 1957, 1959), S09 Title (NL: 1949), SO/W Title (NL: 1955), 149-90 Record, 1,129 Strikeouts, 3.56 ERA, 1.203 WHIP, 29.5 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for fifteen years and finished as high as 15.3 % in 1980. 

Walt Dropo, First Base, Boston Red Sox (AL: 1950)

1 Time All Star, RBI Title (AL: 1950), 1,113 Hits, 152 Home Runs, .270/.326/.432 Slash Line, 3.2 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year and finished with 0.3% of the vote in 1967.

Sam Jethroe, Outfield, Boston Braves (NL: 1950)

Stolen Bases Title (NL: 1950 & 1951), 460 Hits, .261/.337/.418 Slash Line, 8.7 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for four seasons and was never on the ballot.  It should be noted, that Jethroe did not debut in MLB until he was 34 as he was participating in the Negro Leagues prior to. 

Gil McDougald, Third Base, New York Yankees (AL: 1951)

5 Time All Star, 5 Time World Series Champion, 1,291 Hits, .276/.356/.410 Slash Line, 40.7 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for nine years and finished as high as 1.7% in 1966.

Harry Byrd, Pitcher, Philadelphia Athletics (AL: 1952)

46-54 Record, 4.35 ERA, 1.504 WHIP, 4.4 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for seven years and was never on the ballot.

Joe Black, Pitcher, Brooklyn Dodgers (NL: 1952)

30-12 Record, 3.91 ERA, 1.256 WHIP.  He was only in the Majors for six years and was never on the ballot.   It should be noted, that Black did not debut in MLB until he was 28 as he was participating in the Negro Leagues prior to. 

Harvey Kuenn, Shortstop, Detroit Tigers (AL: 1953)

8 Time All Star, Batting Champion (AL: 1959), Hits Title (AL: 1953, 1954, 1956 & 1959), Doubles Title (AL: 1955, 1958 & 1959), 2,092 Hits, .303/.357/.408 Slash Line, 25.9 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for fifteen years and finished as high as 39.3% in 1988.  Ranked #90 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Jim Gilliam, Second Base, Brooklyn Dodgers (NL: 1953)

2 Time All Star, 4 Time World Series Champion, Triples Title (NL: 1953), 1,163 Runs Scored, 1,889 Hits, 203 Stolen Bases, .265/.360/.355 Slash Line, 40.7 bWAR.  He was never on the ballot despite being eligible in 1972.

Bob Grim, Pitcher, New York Yankees (AL: 1954)

1 Time All Star, 1 Time World Series Champion, 61-41 Record, 3.61 ERA, 1.366 WHIP, Saves Title (AL: 1957), 6.2 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for eight years and was never on the ballot.

Wally Moon, Outfield, St. Louis Cardinals (NL: 1954)

2 Time All Star, 2 Time World Series Champion, 1 Time Gold Glove Winner, On Base Percentage Title (NL: 1961), 1,399 Hits, 142 Home Runs, .286/.377/.435 Slash Line, 24.7 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year and finished with 0.6% in 1971.

Herb Score, Pitcher, Cleveland Indians (AL: 1955)

2 Time All Star, Strikeouts Title (AL: 1955 & 1956), FIP Title (AL: 1956), H9 Title (AL: 1956 & 1958), SO9 Title (1955, 1956 & 1959), 55 and 46 Record, 3.36 ERA, 1.377 WHIP, 14.0 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for eight seasons and was never on the ballot.

Bill Virdon, Outfield, St. Louis Cardinals (NL: 1955)

1 Time World Series Champion, 1 Time Gold Glove Winner, Triples Title (NL: 1962), 1,596 Hits, .267/.316/.379 Slash Line, 19.7 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for two years and finished as high as 0.8% in 1974.

Tony Kubek, Shortstop, New York Yankees (AL: 1957)

4 Time All Star, 3 Time World Series Champion, 1,106 Hits, .266/.303/.364 Slash Line, 18.3 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for nine seasons and was never on the ballot.

Jack Sanford, Pitcher, Philadelphia Phillies (NL: 1957)

1 Time All Star, Shutouts Title (NL: 1963), Strikeouts Title (NL: 1957), H9 (NL: 1957), HR9 (NL: 1957), 137-101 Record, 1,182 Strikeouts, 3.69 ERA, 1.290 WHIP, 17.6 bWAR.  He was never on the ballot despite being eligible in 1973.

Albie Pearson, Outfield, Washington Senators (AL: 1958)

1 Time All Star, Runs Scored Title (AL: 1962), .270/.379/.366 Slash Line, 13.2 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for nine seasons and was never on the ballot.

Bob Allison, Outfield, Washington Senators (AL: 1959)

3 Time All Star, Run Scored Title (AL: 1963), Triples Title (AL: 1959), OPS Title (AL: 1963), 1,281 Hits, 256 Home Runs, .255/.358/.471 Slash Line, 33.9 bWAR.  He was never on the ballot despite being eligible in 1976.

Ron Hansen, Shortstop, Baltimore Orioles (AL: 1960)

2 Time All Star, 1,007 Hits, .234/.320/.351 Slash Line, 24.1 bWAR.  He was never on the ballot despite being eligible in 1978.

Frank Howard, Outfield, Los Angeles Dodgers (NL: 1960)

4 Time All Star, 1 Time World Series Champion, Home Run Title (AL: 1968 & 1970), RBI Title (AL: 1970), Walks Title (AL: 1970), Slugging Title (AL: 1968), 1,774 Hits, 382 Home Runs, 1,119 RBI, .273/.352/.499 Slash Line, 37.6 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year and finished with 1.4% of the ballot in 1979.

Don Schwall, Pitcher, Boston Red Sox (AL: 1961)

1 Time All Star, 49-48 Record, 3.72 ERA, 1.366 WHIP, 4.6 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for seven seasons and was never on the ballot.

Tom Tresh, Shortstop, New York Yankees (AL: 1962)

3 Time All Star, 1 Time World Series Champion, 1 Time Gold Glove Winner, 1,041 Hits, 153 Home Runs, .247/.337/.413 Slash Line, 22.0 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for nine seasons and was never on the ballot.

Ken Hubbs, Second Base, Chicago Cubs (NL: 1962)

1 Time Gold Glove Winner, 310 Hits, .247/.290/.336 Slash Line, 1.1 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for three seasons and was never on the ballot.  It should be noted that Hubbs died in a plane crash prior to the 1963 season.

Gary Peters, Pitcher, Chicago White Sox (AL: 1963)

2 Time All Star, 1 Wins Title (AL: 1964), 2 ERA Titles (AL: 1963 & 1966), 2 ERA+ Titles (AL: 1963 & 1966), 1 FIP Title (AL: 1963), 1 WHIP Title (AL: 1966), 1 H9 Title (AL: 1967), 1 HR9 Title (AL: 1963), 124-103 Record, 1,420 Strikeouts, 3.25 ERA, 1.249 WHIP, 22.5 bWAR.  He was never on the ballot despite being eligible in 1978. 

Pete Rose, Second Base, Cincinnati Reds (NL: 1963)

17 Time All Star, 3 Time World Series Champion, 1 Time World Series MVP, 1 Time Silver Slugger Winner, 2 Time Gold Glove Winner, Runs Scored Title (NL: 1969, 1974, 1975 & 1976), Hits Title (NL: 1965, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1976 & 1981), Doubles Title (NL: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978 & 1980), Batting Title (NL: 1968, 1969 & 1973), On Base Percentage Title (NL; 1968 & 1979), 2,165 Runs Scored, 4,256 Hits, 746 Doubles, 160 Home Runs, 1,314 RBI, 198 Stolen Bases, .303/.375/.409 Slash Line, 79.1 bWAR.  Was not allowed on the ballot due to being banned from baseball due to gambling, but still received write-in votes for three years until that was banned.  He did receive 9.5% (write-in) in 1992.  Ranked 1A on Notinhalloffame.com.

Tony Oliva, Outfield, Minnesota Twins (AL: 1964)

8 Time All Star, 1 Time Gold Glove Winner, 1 Runs Scored Title (AL: 1964), 5 Hits Titles (AL: 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969 & 1970), 4 Doubles Titles (AL: 1964, 1967, 1969 & 1970), 3 Batting Titles (AL: 1964, 1965 & 1971), 1 Slugging Title (AL: 1971), 1,917 Hits, 220 Home Runs, .304/.353/.476 Slash Line, 43.0 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for fifteen years and finished as high as 47.3% in 1988.  Ranked #32 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Dick Allen, Third Base, Philadelphia Phillies (NL: 1964)

7 Time All Star, 1 Time MVP, Runs Scored Title (NL: 1964), Triples Title (NL: 1964), Home Run Title (AL: 1972 & 1974), RBI Title (AL: 1972), On Base Percentage Title (NL: 1967 & AL: 1972), Slugging Title (NL: 1966, AL: 1972 & 1974), OPS Title (NL: 1966 & 1967, AL: 1972 & 1974), 1,099 Runs Scored, 1,848 Hits, 351 Home Runs, 1,119 RBI, 133 Stolen Bases, .292/.378/.534 Slash Line, 58.7 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for fifteen years and finished as high as 18.9% in 1996.  Ranked #25 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Curt Blefary, Outfield, Baltimore Orioles (AL: 1965)

1 World Series Championship, 699 Hits, 112 Home Runs, .237/.342/.400 Slash Line, 11.0 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for eight seasons and was never on the ballot. 

Jim Lefebvre, Second Base, Los Angeles Dodgers (NL: 1965)

1 Time All Star, 756 Hits, .251/.323/.378 Slash Line, 17.1 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for eight seasons and was never on the ballot.

Tommie Agee, Outfield, Chicago White Sox (AL: 1966)

2 Time All Star, 1 Time World Series Champion, 1 Time Gold Glove Winner, 999 Hits, 130 Home Runs, 167 Stolen Bases, .255/.312/.412 Slash Line, 25.4 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year but did not receive any votes in 1979. 

Tommy Helms, Second Base, Cincinnati Reds (NL: 1966)

2 Time All Star, 2 Time Gold Glove Winner, 1,342 Hits, .269/.300/.342 Slash Line, 8.3 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year finishing with 0.3% of the vote in 1983.

Stan Bahnsen, Pitcher, New York Yankees (AL: 1968)

146-149 Record, 1,359 Strikeouts, 3.60 ERA, 1.330 WHIP, 23.8 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year but did not receive any votes in 1988.

Lou Piniella, Outfield, Kansas City Royals (AL: 1969)

1 Time All Star, 2 Time World Series Champion, Doubles Title (AL: 1973), 1,705 Hits, .291/.333/.409 Slash Line, 12. 5 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year, receiving 0.5% of the vote in 1990.

Ted Sizemore, Second Base, Los Angeles Dodgers (NL: 1969)

1,311 Hits, .262/.325/.321 Slash Line, 16.0 bWAR.  Despite being eligible in 1986, he was never on the ballot. 

Thurman Munson, Catcher, New York Yankees (AL: 1970)

7 Time All Star, 1 Time AL MVP, 2 Time World Series Champion, 3 Time Gold Glove Winner, 1,558 Hits, 113 Home Runs, .292/.346/.410 Slash Line, 45.9 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for fifteen years and finished as high as 15.5% of the vote in 1981.  Ranked #92 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Carl Morton, Pitcher, Montreal Expos (NL: 1970)

87-92 Record, 3.73 ERA, 1.406 WHIP, 17.6 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for eight seasons and was never on the ballot.

Chris Chambliss, First Base, Cleveland Indians (AL: 1971)

1 Time All Star, 2 Time World Series Champion, 1 Time Gold Glove Winner, 2,109 Hits, 185 Home Runs, .279/.334/.415 Slash Line, 27.4 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year and did not receive any votes in 1994.

Earl Williams, Catcher, Atlanta Braves (NL: 1971)

756 Hits, 138 Home Runs, .247/.318/.424 Slash Line, 7.9 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for eight seasons and was never on the ballot.

Jon Matlack, Pitcher, New York Mets (NL: 1972)

3 Time All Star, Shutouts Title (NL: 1974 & 1976), FIP Title (NL: 1974), BB9 (AL: 1980), 125-126 Record, 1,516 Strikeouts, 3.18 ERA, 1.233 WHIP, 39.1 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year in 1989 but did not receive any votes.

Al Bumbry, Outfield, Baltimore Orioles (AL: 1973)

1 Time All Star, 1 Time World Series Champion, Triples Title (AL: 1973), 1,422 Hits, 252 Stolen Bases, .281/.343/.378 Slash Line, 24.4 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year in 1991 but did not receive any votes.

Gary Matthews, Outfield, San Francisco Giants (NL: 1973)

1 Time All Star, Walks Title (NL: 1984), On Base Percentage (NL: 1984), 1,083 Runs Scored, 2,011 Hits, 234 Home Runs, .281/.364/.439 Slash Line, 30.1 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year in 1993 but did not receive any votes.

Mike Hargrove, First Base, Texas Rangers (AL: 1974)

1 Time All Star, Walks Title (AL: 1976 & 1978), On-Base Percentage Title (AL: 1981), 1,614 Hits, .290/.396/.391 Slash Line, 30.3 bWAR.  He was on the ballot one year in 1991 receiving 0.2% of the vote.

Bake McBride, Outfield, St. Louis Cardinals (NL: 1974)

1 Time All Star, 1 Time World Series Champion, 1,153 Hits, 183 Stolen Bases, .299/.345/.420 Slash Line, 22.6 bWAR. He was on the ballot for one year in 1989 but did not receive any votes.

Fred Lynn, Outfield, Boston Red Sox (AL : 1975)

9 Time All Star, 1 Time AL MVP, 4 Time Gold Glove Winner, Doubles Title (AL: 1975), Batting Title (AL: 1979), On Base Percentage Title (AL: 1979), Slugging Title (AL: 1975 & 1979), 1,063 Runs Scored, 1,960 Hits, 306 Home Runs, 1,111 Runs Batted In, .283/.360/.484 Slash Line, 50.0 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for two years and finished as high as 5.5% in the vote in 1996.

John Montefusco, Pitcher, San Francisco Giants (NL: 1975)

1 Time All Star, WAR for Pitchers Title (NL: 1976), SO9 Title (NL: 1975), 90-83 Record, 1,081 Strikeouts, 3.54 ERA, 1.281 WHIP, 21.4 bWAR.  He was never on the ballot despite being eligible in 1992.

Mark Fidrych, Pitcher, Detroit Tigers (AL: 1976)

2 Time All Star, 1 ERA Title (AL: 1976), 29-19 Record, 3.10 ERA, 1.203 WHIP, 11.4 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for five seasons and was never on the ballot.

Butch Metzger, Pitcher, San Diego Padres (NL: 1976) *co-winner

18-9 Record, 23 Saves, 3.74 ERA, 1.463 WHIP, 1.1 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for five seasons and was not on the ballot.

Pat Zachry, Pitcher, New York Mets (NL: 1976) *co-winner

1 Time All Star, 1 Time World Series Champion, 69-67 Record, 3.52 ERA, 1.395 WHIP, 11.8 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year in 1991 but did not receive a vote.

Lou Whitaker, Second Base, Detroit Tigers (AL: 1978)

5 Time All Star, 1 Time World Series Champion, 4 Time Silver Slugger, 3 Time Gold Glove Winner, 1,386 Runs Scored, 2,369 Hits, 244 Home Runs, 1,044 Runs Batted In, 143 Stolen Bases, .276/.363/.426 Slash Line, 74.9 Slash Line.  He was on the ballot for one year in 2001 and finished at 2.9% on the ballot.  Ranked #10 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Bob Horner, Third Base, Atlanta Braves (NL: 1978)

1 Time All Star, 1,047 Hits, 218 Home Runs, .277/.340/.499 Slash Line, 21.7 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year in 1994 but did not receive a vote.

John Castino, Third Base, Minnesota Twins (AL: 1979) *co-winner

Triples Title (AL: 1981), 646 Hits, .278/.329/.398 Slash Line, 15.1 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for six seasons and was never on the ballot.

Alfredo Griffin, Shortstop, Toronto Blue Jays (AL: 1979) *co-winner

1 Time All Star, 3 Time World Series Champion, 1 Time Gold Glove Winner, Triples Title (AL: 1980), 1,688 Hits, 192 Stolen Bases, .249/.285/.319 Slash Line, 2.9 bWAR.  He was never on the ballot despite being eligible in 1999. 

Rick Sutcliffe, Pitcher, Los Angeles Dodgers (NL: 1979)

3 Time All Star, 1 Time World Series Champion, 1 Time Cy Young Award Winner, Wins Title (NL: 1987), ERA Title (AL: 1982), H9 Title (AL: 1982), 171-139 Record, 1,679 Strikeouts, 4.08 ERA, 1.387 WHIP, 31.2 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year in 2000, finishing with 1.8% of the vote.

Joe Charbonneau, Outfield, Cleveland Indians (AL: 1980)

,266/.329/.453 Slash Line, 1.5 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for three seasons and was never on the ballot.

Steve Howe, Pitcher, Los Angeles Dodgers (NL: 1980)

1 Time All Star, 1 Time World Series Champion, 47-41 Record, 93 Saves, 3.03 ERA, 1.196 WHIP, 10.5 bWAR.  Despite being eligible in 2002, he was never included on the ballot.

Dave Righetti, Pitcher, New York Yankees (AL: 1981)

2 Time All Star, Saves Title (AL: 1986), ERA+ Title (AL: 1981), FIP Title (AL: 1981 & 1983), H9 Title (AL: 1981), HR9 Title (AL: 1981), SO9 Title (1981 & 1982), 82-79 Record, 1,112 Strikeouts, 3.46 ERA, 1.338 WHIP, 21.4 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year in 2001, receiving 0.4% of the vote.

Fernando Valenzuela, Pitcher, Los Angeles Dodgers (NL: 1981)

6 Time All Star, 1 Time World Series Champion, 1 Time Cy Young Award Winner, 1 Time Silver Slugger Winner, Wins Title (NL: 1986), Shutouts Title (NL: 1981), Strikeouts Title (NL: 1981), 141-116 Record, 2,074 Strikeouts, 3.31 ERA, 1.283 WHIP, 37.4 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for two years and finished as high as 6.2% of the vote in 2003.

Steve Sax, Second Base, Los Angeles Dodgers (NL: 1982)

5 Time All Star, 2 Time World Series Champion, 1 Time Silver Slugger Winner, 1,949 Hits, 444 Stolen Bases, .281/.335/.358 Slash Line, 25.3 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year in 2000 finishing with 0.4% of the vote.

Ron Kittle, Outfield, Chicago White Sox (AL: 1983)

1 Time All Star, 176 Home Runs, .239/.306/.473 Slash Line, 4.7 bWAR.  He was never on the ballot despite being eligible in 1997.

Darryl Strawberry, Outfield, New York Mets (NL: 1983)

8 Time All Star, 3 Time World Series Champion, 2 Time Silver Slugger Winner, Home Run Title (NL: 1988), Slugging Title (NL: 1988), OPS Title (NL: 1988), 1,401 Hits, 335 Home Runs, 1,000 RBI, 221 Stolen Bases, .259/.357/.505 Slash Line, 42.0 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year in 2005 finishing with 1.2% of the vote.

Alvin Davis, First Base, Seattle Mariners (AL: 1984)

1 Time All Star, 1,189 Hits, 160 Home Runs, .281/.381./.453 Slash Line, 19.8 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for nine seasons and was never on the ballot.

Dwight Gooden, Pitcher, New York Mets (NL: 1984)

4 Time All Star, 3 Time World Series Champion, 1 Time Silver Slugger Winner, Wins Title (NL: 1985), ERA Title (NL: 1985), Innings Pitched Title (NL: 1985), Strikeouts Title (NL: 1984 & 1985), ERA+ Title (NL: 1985), FIP Title (NL: 1984, 1985 & 1990), WHIP Title (NL: 1984), H9 Title (NL: 1984), HR9 (NL: 1984 & 1990), SO9 Title (NL: 1984) WAR for Pitchers Title (NL: 1985), 194-112 Record, 2,293 Strikeouts, 3.51 ERA, 1.256 WHIP, 48.2 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year finishing with 3.3% of the vote in 2006.

Ozzie Guillen, Shortstop, Chicago White Sox (AL: 1985)

3 Time All Star, 1 Time Gold Glove Winner, 1,764 Hits, 169 Stolen Bases, .264/.287/.338 Slash Line, 20.9 bWAR.  He was on the ballot one year and finished with 1.0% of the vote in 2006.

Vince Coleman, Outfield, St. Louis Cardinals (NL: 1985)

2 Time All Star, Stolen Bases Title (NL: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 & 1990), 1,425 Hits, 752 Stolen Bases, .264/.324/.345 Slash Line, 12.2 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year in 2003 finishing with 0.6% of the vote.

Jose Canceso, Outfield, Oakland Athletics (AL: 1986)

6 Time All Star, 2 Time World Series Champion, 1 Time AL MVP, 4 Time Sliver Slugger, Slugging Title (AL: 1988), Home Run Title (AL: 1988 & 1991), RBI Title (AL: 1988), 1,186 Runs Scored, 1,877 Hits, 464 Home Runs, 1,471 RBI, 200 Stolen Bases, .266/.353/.515 Slash Line, 42.3 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year and finished with 1.1% of the vote in 2007.

Todd Worrell, Pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals (NL: 1986)

3 Time All Star, Saves Title (NL: 1986 & 1996), 50-52 Record, 256 Saves, 3.09 ERA, 1.233 WHIP, 11.2 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year in 2003 but did not receive a vote.

Mark McGwire, First Base, Oakland Athletics (AL: 1987)

12 Time All Star, 1 Time World Series Champion, 3 Time Silver Slugger, 1 Time Gold Glove Winner, On Base Percentage Title (AL: 1996 & NL: 1998), Slugging Title (AL: 1987, 1992, 1996 & NL: 1998), OPS Title (AL: 1996 & NL: 1998), Home Run Title (AL: 1987, 1996 & NL: 1988 & 1999), RBI Title (NL: 1999), Walks Title (AL: 1990 & NL: 1998), 1,167 Runs Scored, 1,626 Hits, 583 Home Runs, 1,414 RBI, .263/.394/.588 Slash Line, 62.0 bWAR.  Entering his tenth and final year on the ballot, finished as high as 23.7%.  Ranked #12 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Benito Santiago, Catcher, San Diego Padres (NL: 1987)

5 Time All Star, 3 Time Silver Slugger Winner, 3 Time Gold Glove Winner, 1 Time NLCS Winner, 1,830 Hits, 217 Home Runs, .263/.307/.415 Slash Line, 27.2 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year in 2011 and finished with 0.2% of the vote.

Walt Weiss, Shortstop, Oakland Athletics (AL: 1988)

1 Time All Star, 1 Time World Series Champion, 1,207 Hits, .258/.351/.326 Slash Line, 16.5 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year, finished with 0.2% of the vote.

Chris Sabo, Third Base, Cincinnati Reds (NL: 1988)

3 Time All Star, 1 Time World Series Champion, 116 Home Runs, 120 Stolen Bases, .268/.326/.445 Slash Line, 16.4 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for nine seasons and was never on the ballot.

Gregg Olson, Pitcher, Baltimore Orioles (AL: 1989)

1 Time All Star, 40-39 Record, 217 Saves, 3.46 ERA, 1.381 WHIP, 12.8 bWAR.  He was never on the ballot despite being eligible in 2007.

Jerome Walton, Outfield, Chicago Cubs (NL: 1989)

423 Hits, .269/.333/.376 Slash Line, 3.4 bWAR.  He was never on the ballot despite being eligible in 2004.

Sandy Alomar Jr., Catcher, Cleveland Indians (AL: 1990)

6 Time All Star, 1 Time Gold Glove Winner, 1,236 Hits, 112 Home Runs, .273/.309/.406 Slash Line, 13.7 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year and finished with 2.8% of the vote.

David Justice, Outfield, Atlanta Braves (NL: 1990)

3 Time All Star, 2 Time World Series Champion, 2 Time Silver Slugger Winner, 1,571 Hits, 305 Home Runs, 1,017 RBI, .279/.378/.500 Slash Line, 40.5 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year in 2008 and finished with 0.2% of the vote.

Chuck Knoblauch, Second Base, Minnesota Twins (AL: 1991)

4 Time All Star, 4 Time World Series Champion, 2 Time Silver Slugger Winner, 1 Time Gold Glove Winner, Doubles Title (AL: 1994), Triples Title (AL: 1996), 1,132 Runs Scored, 1,839 Hits, 407 Stolen Bases, .289/.378/.406 Slash Line, 44.6 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year and finished with 0.2% of the vote.

Jeff Bagwell, First Base, Houston Astros (NL: 1991)

4 Time All Star, 1 Time MVP, 3 Time Silver Slugger Winner, 1 Time Gold Glove Winner, Runs Scored Title (NL: 1994, 1999 & 2000), Doubles Title (NL: 1996), RBI Title (NL: 1994), Walks Title (NL: 1999), Slugging Title (NL: 1994), OPS Title (NL: 1994), 1,517 Runs Scored, 2,314 Hits, 488 Doubles, 449 Home Runs, 1,529 RBI, 202 Stolen Bases, .297/.408/.540 Slugging Percentage, 79.6 bWAR.  He is entering his sixth year on the ballot and has finished as high as 59.6% in 2013.  He is ranked #5 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Pat Listach, Shortstop, Milwaukee Brewers (AL: 1992)

116 Stolen Bases, .251/.316/.301 Slash Line, 4.3 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for six seasons and was never on the ballot.

Eric Karros, First Base, Los Angeles Dodgers (NL: 1992)

1 Time Silver Slugger Winner, 1,724 Hits, 284 Home Runs, 1,027 RBI, .268/.325/.454/ Slash Line, 10.2 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year in 2010 and finished with 0.4% of the vote.

Tim Salmon, Outfield, California Angels (AL: 1993)

1 Time World Series Champion, 1 Time Silver Slugger, 1,674 Hits, 299 Home Runs, 1,016 RBI, .282/.385/.498 Slash Line, 40.5 bWAR.  He was only on the ballot for year and finished with 0.9% of the vote.

Mike Piazza, Catcher, Los Angeles Dodgers (NL: 1993)

12 Time All Star, 10 Time Silver Slugger Winner, 1,048 Runs Scored, 2,127 Hits, 427 Home Runs, 1,335 RBI, .308/.377/.545 Slash Line, 65.9 bWAR.  He is entering his fourth year on the ballot and finished with 69.9% of the vote.  He is ranked #4 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Bob Hamelin, Designated Hitter, Kansas City Royals (AL: 1994)

313 Hits, .246/.352/.464 Slash Line, 2.6 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for six seasons and was never on the ballot.

Raul Mondesi, Outfield, Los Angeles Dodgers (NL: 1994)

1 Time All Star, 2 Time Gold Glove Winner, 1,589 Hits, 271 Home Runs, 229 Stolen Bases, .273/.331/.485 Slash Line, 29.4 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year in 2011 but did not receive any votes.

Marty Cordova, Outfield, Minnesota Twins (AL: 1995)

122 Home Runs, .274/.344/.448 Slash Line, 7.7 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for nine seasons and was never on the ballot.

Hideo Nomo, Pitcher, Los Angeles Dodgers (NL: 1995)

1 Time All Star, Strikeouts Title (NL: 1995 & AL: 2001), Shutouts (NL: 1995), H9 Title (NL: 1995), SO9 Title (NL: 1995 & AL: 2001), 123-109 Record, 1,918 Strikeouts, 4.24 ERA, 1.354 WHIP, 21.8 bWAR.  He was on the ballot for one year in 2014 and finished with 1.1% of the vote.

Todd Hollandsworth, Outfield, Los Angeles Dodgers (NL: 1996)

1 Time World Series Champion, 871 Hits, .273/.328/.439 Slash Line, 6.5 bWAR.  Although he was in the Majors for twelve seasons, he was not on the ballot when eligible in 2012.

Nomar Garciaparra, Shortstop, Boston Red Sox (AL: 1997)

6 Time All Star, 1 Time Silver Slugger Winner, Hits Title (AL: 1997) Doubles Title (AL: 2002), Triples Title (AL: 1997), Batting Title (AL: 1999 & 2000), 1,747 Hits, 229 Home Runs, .313/.361/.521 Slash Line, 44.2 bWAR.  He is entering his second year on the ballot and finished 5.5% last year.

Scott Williamson, Pitcher, Cincinnati Reds (NL: 1999)

1 Time All Star, 28-28 Record, 55 Saves, 3.36 ERA, 1.297 WHIP, 8.8 bWAR.  He was in the Majors for nine seasons and was never on the ballot.

Ben Grieve, Outfield, Oakland Athletics (AL: 1998)

1 Time All Star, 118 Home Runs, .269/.367/.442 Slash Line, 8.4 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for nine seasons and was never on the ballot.

Kazuhiro Sasaki, Pitcher, Seattle Mariners (AL: 2000)

2 Time All Star, 7-16 Record, 129 Saves, 3.14 ERA, 1.084 WHIP, 3.7 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for four seasons and was never on the ballot.

Jason Jennings, Pitcher, Colorado Rockies (NL: 2001)

62-74 Record, 4.95 ERA, 1.558 WHIP, 9.6 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for nine seasons and was never on the ballot.

Angel Berroa, Shortstop, Kansas City Royals (AL: 2003)

665 Hits, .258/.303/.374 Slash Line, 1.0 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for nine seasons and was never on the ballot.

Bobby Crosby, Shortstop, Oakland Athletics (AL: 2004)

605 Hits, .236/.304/.372 Slash Line, 5.4 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for eight seasons, never on the ballot.



Wow.

The first thing that stands out is how few of these former Rookies of the Year not only failed to make the Baseball Hall of Fame, but failed to make the ballot at all.  Granted Jeff Bagwell and Mike Piazza will probably get in, but if it looks like that it is more likely to receive no Hall of Fame votes than it is to get into the Hall of Fame, it is because it is!





As of this writing (and again, that could grow by three very quickly) there are 14 former Rookies of the Year who made it to Cooperstown.

Twice as many did not meet the minimum ten years of Major League service to qualify for the ballot.  Now granted, four of them had extenuating circumstances (Sam Jethroe & Joe Black entered late due to segregation, Ken Hubbs died and Kazuhiro Sasaki came in late from Japan), but that still makes 24 men who couldn’t serve the minimum ten years.

It gets worse.

13 former Rookies of the Year made the ten years but the Hall did not deem them worthy of to make the ballot.

11 did make the ballot only to receive no votes at all.

This makes a total of 52 former freshman champs of the diamond who never received a single Hall of Fame vote. 

Another 23 did receive votes but were off of the ballot after one year.



Let’s update our tally shall we?



Award in Question

Percentage of recipients who have entered the HOF

Percentage of recipients by year who have entered the HOF.

NBA MVP

100 %

100 %

NHL Norris

90.5 %

96.4 %

MLB (NL/AL) Rookie of the Year

13.3%

13.3 %





Not a very good percentage is it?

That’s what it is now but what about those who are coming up next?

The following are the players who have won either the American League or National League Rookie of the Year who have retired but have met the mandatory years out of the game to qualify:



Derek Jeter, Shortstop, New York Yankees (AL: 1996)

14 Time All-Star, 5 Time World Series Champion, 1 Time World Series MVP, 5 Time Silver Slugger Winner, 5 Time Gold Glove Winner, WAR (Position Players) Title (AL: 1999), Runs Scored Title (AL: 1998), Hits Title (AL: 1999 & 2012), 1,923 Runs Scored, 3,465 Hits, 544 Doubles, 260 Home Runs, 1,311 RBI, 358 Stolen Bases, .310/.377/.440 Slash Line, 71.8 bWAR.  He will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2020.

Scott Rolen, Third Base, Philadelphia Phillies (NL: 1997)

7 Time All Star, 1 Time World Series Champion, 1 Time Silver Slugger Winner, 8 Time Gold Glove Winner, 1,211 Runs Scored, 2,077 Hits, 1,287 RBI, 118 Stolen Bases, .281/.364/.490 Slash Line, .504, 70.0 bWAR.  He will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2018.

Kerry Wood, Pitcher, Chicago Cubs (NL: 1998)

2 Time All Star, Strikeouts Title (NL: 2003), H9 Title (1998 & 2003), SO9 Title (1998 & 2003), 86-75 Record, 1,582 Strikeouts, 63 Saves, 3.67 ERA, 1.267 WHIP, 26.7 bWAR.  He will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2018.

Rafael Furcal, Shortstop, Atlanta Braves (NL, 2000)

3 Time All Star, 1 Time World Series Champion, Triples Title (NL: 2003), 1,063 Runs Scored, 1,817 Hits, 113 Home Runs, 314 Stolen Bases, .281/.346/.402 Slash Line, 39.0 bWAR.  He will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2020.

Dontrelle Willis, Pitcher, Florida Marlins (NL: 2002)

2 Time All Star, 1 Time World Series Champion, Wins Title (NL: 2005), HR9 Title (NL: 2005), 72-69 Record, 4.17 ERA, 1.433 WHIP, 15.4 bWAR.  He was only in the Majors for nine years and will not be on the ballot.

Eric Hinske, Third Base, Toronto Blue Jays (AL: 2002)

947 Hits, 137 Home Runs, .249/.332/.430 Slash Line, 8.2 bWAR.  He will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2019 but is unlikely to be on the actual ballot.

Jason Bay, Outfield, Pittsburgh Pirates (AL: 2004)

3 Time All Star, 1 Time Silver Slugger Winner, 1,200 Hits, 222 Home Runs, .266/.360/.481 Slash Line, 14.3 bWAR.  He will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2019.



Can we lock in Derek Jeter right now?  The only question on him is who is going to be the idiot who has a ballot who doesn’t vote for him!  Seriously, anyone who doesn’t should have his voting privilege revoked immediately!

Scott Rolen is someone who we think is also Hall of Fame caliber but might have to wait for a little bit.

Rafael Furcal had a good career but not one that will get him into the Hall of Fame.  The same can be said for three time All Star, Jason Bay.

Kerry Wood won’t make it, but how many people penciled him in when he was 21?  It was quite a few!

If Hinske even makes the ballot, it is a win for him.





The following are the players who have won either the American League or National League Rookie of the Year who are still active baseball players:



Carlos Beltran, Outfield, Kansas City Royals (AL: 1999)

8 Time All Star, 2 Time Silver Slugger Winner, 3 Time Gold Glove Winner, 1,449 Runs Scored, 2,454 Hits, 392 Home Runs, 1,443 RBI, 311 Stolen Bases, .280/.355/.490 Slash Line, 68.4 bWAR.  38yrs old, currently with the New York Yankees.

Ichiro Suzuki, Outfield, Seattle Mariners (AL: 2001)

10 Time All Star, 1 Time MVP, 3 Time Silver Slugger Winner, 10 Time Gold Glove Winner, Hits Title (AL: 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010) Stolen Base Title (AL: 2001), Batting Title (AL: 2001 & 2004), 1,348 Runs Scored, 2,935 Hits, 113 Home Runs, 498 Stolen Bases, .314/.356/.406 Slash Line, 58.4 bWAR.  He is 41yrs old and currently with the Miami Marlins.

Albert Pujols, First Base, St. Louis Cardinals (NL: 2001)

10 Time All Star, 2 Time World Series Champion, 3 Time MVP, 6 Time Silver Slugger Winner, 2 Time Gold Glove Champion, Runs Scored Title (NL: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 & 2009), Hits Title (NL: 2003), Doubles (NL: 2003), Home Runs (NL: 2009 & 2010), RBI Title (NL: 2010), Batting Title (NL: 2003), On Base Percentage Title (NL: 2009), Slugging Title (NL: 2006, 2008 & 2009), OPS Title (2006, 2008 & 2009), 1,599 Runs Scored, 2,666 Hits, 583 Doubles, 560 Home Runs, 1,698 RBI, .312/.397/.581 Slash Line, 99.7 bWAR.  He is 35 years old and currently with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Huston Street, Pitcher, Oakland Athletics (AL: 2005)

2 Time All Star, 39-32 Record, 315 Saves, 2.85 ERA, 3.23 WHIP.  He is 31 years old and is currently with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Ryan Howard, First Base, Philadelphia Phillies (NL: 2005)

3 Time All Star, 1 Time World Series Champion, 1 Time MVP, 1 Time Silver Slugger Winner, 1 Time NLCS Champion, Home Run Title (NL: 2006 & 2008), RBI Title (NL: 2006, 2008 & 2009), 1,410 Hits, 357 Home Runs, 1,135 RBI, .262/.349/.519 Slash Line, 16.4 bWAR.  He is 35 years old an currently with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Justin Verlander, Pitcher, Detroit Tigers (AL: 2006)

6 Time All Star, 1 Time Cy Young Winner, 1 Time MVP, Wins Title (AL:2009 & 2011) ERA Title (AL: 2011), Inning Pitched Titles (AL: 2009, 2011 & 2012), Strikeouts Title (2009, 2011 & 2012), ERA+ Title (AL: 2011 & 2012), WHIP Title (AL: 2011), H9 Title (AL: 2011), SO9 Title (AL: 2009), 157-97 Record, 1,943 Strikeouts, 3.52 ERA, 1.204 WHIP, 43.9 bWAR.  He is 32 years old and is currently with the Detroit Tigers.

Hanley Ramirez, Shortstop, Florida Marlins (NL: 2006)

3 Time All Star, 2 Time Silver Slugger Winner, 1,503 Hits, 210 Home Runs, 267 Stolen Bases, .296/.367/.494 Slash Line, 35.1 bWAR.  He is 31 year old and is currently with the Boston Red Sox.

Dustin Pedroia, Second Base, Boston Red Sox (AL: 2007)

4 Time All Star, 2 Time World Series Champion, 1 Time Silver Slugger Winner, 4 Time Gold Glove Winner, Runs Scored Title (AL: 2008 & 2009), Hits Title (2008), Doubles Title (2008), 1,482 Hits, 118 Home Runs, 127 Stolen Bases, .299/.365/.444 Slash Line, 45.1 bWAR.  31yrs old currently with the Boston Red Sox.

Ryan Braun, Third Base, Milwaukee Brewers (NL: 2007)

6 Time All Star, 1 Time MVP, 5 Time Silver Slugger, 1,441 Hits, 255 Home Runs, .304/.367/.545 Slash Line, 40.0 bWAR.  He is 31 Years old and currently with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Evan Longoria, Third Base, Tampa Bay Rays (AL: 2008)

3 Time All Star, 1 Time Silver Slugger Winner, 2 Time Gold Glove Winner,1,138 Hits, 205 Home Runs, .271/.348/.485 Slash Line, 42.6 bWAR. He is 29 years and is currently with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Geovany Soto, Catcher, Chicago Cubs (NL: 2008)

1 Time All Star, 590 Hits, .246/.331/.434 Slash Line, 9.3 bWAR.  He is 32 years old and currently with the Chicago White Sox. 

Andrew Bailey, Pitcher, Oakland Athletics (AL: 2009)

2 Time All Star, 11-13 Record, 89 Saves, 6.1 bWAR.  He is 31 years old and is currently with the New York Yankees.

Chris Coghlan, Outfield, Florida Marlins (NL: 2009)

602 Hits, .268/.340/.411 Slash Line, 1. bWAR.  He is 30 years old and is currently with the Chicago Cubs.

Neftali Feliz, Pitcher, Texas Rangers (AL: 2010)

1 Time All Star, 15-12 Record, 97 Saves, 7.3 bWAR.  He is 27 years old and is currently with the Detroit Tigers.

Buster Posey, Catcher, San Francisco Giants (NL: 2010)

3 Time All Star, 3 Time World Series Champion, 1 time MVP, Batting Title (NL: 2012), 850 Hits, 102 Home Runs, 310/.375/.484 Slash Line, 28.8 bWAR.  He is 28 years old and currently with the San Francisco Giants.

Jeremy Hellickson, Pitcher, Tampa Bay Rays (AL: 2011)

1 Time Gold Glove Winner, 49-48 Record, 584 Strikeouts, 3.94 ERA, 1.274 WHIP, 6.8 bWAR.  He is 28 years old and is currently with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Craig Kimbrel, Pitcher, Atlanta Braves (NL: 2011)

4 Time All Star, Saves Title (NL: 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014), 19-12 Record, 294 Saves, 1.63 ERA, 0.927 WHIP.  He is 27 years old and currently with the San Diego Padres.

Mike Trout, Outfield, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (AL: 2012)

4 Time All Star, 1 Time MVP, 3 Time Silver Slugger Winner, Runs Scored Title (AL: 2012, 2013 & 2014), RBI Title (AL: 2014), Stolen Bases Title (AL: 2012), Walks Title (AL: 2013), Slugging Title (AL: 2015), OPS Title (AL: 2015), 744 Hits, 139 Home Runs, 113 Stolen Bases, .304/.397/.559 Slash Line, 37.9 bWAR.  23yrs old, currently with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Bryce Harper, Outfield, Washington Nationals (NL: 2012)

3 Time All Star, Runs Scored Title (NL: 2015), Home Run Title (NL: 2015), On Base Percentage Title (NL: 2015), Slugging Title (NL: 2015), OPS Title (NL: 2015), WAR for Position Players Title (NL: 2015), 528 Hits, 98 Home Runs, .289/.384/.517 Slash Line, 19.8 bWAR.  He is 22 Years old and currently with the Washington Nationals.

Wil Myers, Outfield, Tampa Bay Rays (AL: 2013)

227 Hits, .256/.327/.407 Slash Line, 2.1 bWAR.  He is 24 years old and is currently with the San Diego Padres.

Jose Fernandez, Pitcher, Miami Marlins (NL: 2013)

1 Time All Star, H9 Title (NL: 2013), 22-9 Record, 2.40 ERA, 1.014 WHIP, 8.9 bWAR.  He is 22 Years old and is currently with the Miami Marlins.

Jose Abreu, First Base, Chicago White Sox (AL: 2014)

1 Time Silver Slugger Winner, Slugging Title (AL: 2014), 354 Hits, 66 Home Runs, .303/.364/.540 Slash Line, 9.3 bWAR. He is 28 years old and currently with the Chicago White Sox.

Jacob deGrom, Pitcher, New York Mets (NL: 2014)

1 Time All Star, 23-14 Record, 2.61 ERA, 1.047 WHIP, 7.8 bWAR.  He is 27 years old and is currently with the New York Mets.



Albert Pujols is a Hall of Famer right now if he never plays another game in Major League Baseball.  There should be no discussion against that one.

Ichiro Suzuki will become the first Japanese born Hall of Famer.  There should be no doubt about that, whether he gets to 3,000 Hits or not, even though he has a lower JAWS for Right Fielders than the average Hall of Famer (51.0 to 58.1).  This is a special player they will want to honor and will be very hard to keep out.

Carlos Beltran is currently 8th in JAWS for Centerfielders at 56.4, just shy of the 57.2 that is the average of Hall of Fame Centerfielders at that position and slightly below standard bWAR (68.4 to 70.4) from the average Hall of Famer at that position.  Should Beltran continue his career, the 38 year old, should be able to make the 400 Home Run mark and potentially hit 70 bWAR, both numbers that should put him over in the mind of many of those decide Cooperstown.

Mike Trout is a beast and I don’t know how to put it any better than that.  Right now, the bust in Cooperstown has already been made; it is just his to lose.

Buster Posey has only been in the majors for seven years, but is on the right trajectory for the Hall, but could he easily slide off of it.  Well, yes, he could.  Let’s say 50/50 right now?  Let’s re-evaluate in a year.

Justin Verlander is in a clear decline, but if he can put together a few average seasons could he stat compile himself to a Cooperstown slot?

Pedroia is also in a decline but his sabremetric numbers and two World Series Rings put him closer than you would think. 

Ryan Braun has everything you need for a Hall of Famer except for one thing…an issue with PEDs!

Evan Longoria has a relatively high bWAR and if his sabremetric numbers continue to grow, he will have to warrant serious consideration.

Will Bryce Harper eventually get into the Baseball Hall of Fame?  That’s a clown question bro!

What can you say about Craig Kimbrel?  You already know the tough path it is for relief pitchers, so even though he is already a four time Saves champion, there is still so much more work to do for him to get there.

Hanley Ramirez is a real wild card.   He could be a surefire HOFer, an enigma or a one and doner.  There is a lot to find out regarding this one in the next few years.

Huston Street is having a very good career, but is not on a Hall of Fame path.

Ryan Howard is a former MVP, but have you seen his sabremetrics?  It isn’t looking good.

I have no problem going on record that Andrew Bailey, Chris Coghlan, Neftali Feliz, Jeremy Hellickson, Geovany Soto and Wil Myers.

As for Jose Abreu, he is very good, but it is way too early to make a bust of his face right now to save time later.  Besides his late start in MLB (at age 27) puts him at a disadvantage so the next three years are critical. 

There can be no real call now for Jose Fernandez or Jacob deGrom.



So it looks like that percentage will increase in upcoming years, but there is still a lifetime and a half away from this even possibly sneaking into a somewhat respectable number



So what’s up next? 

We are going to the gridiron and specifically the Super Bowl.

How do Super Bowl MVP’s fare in Canton?

Look for that this week, and as always thank you for your support!

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