In the last half of the 2000’s Justin Morneau was one of the top offensive First Basemen in baseball. The Canadian went to four straight All Star Games (2007-2010) and he would belt 20 or more Home Runs for the Minnesota Twins in five consecutive campaigns (2005-09).
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Early in the new year, the Baseball Hall of Fame will be announcing the Class of 2019 but before that we have updated our Baseball Futures and here are the potential additions to the that ballot in 2022.
In alphabetical order by their first name:
A.J. Pierzynski: The Catcher was certainly famous (or infamous in some cases) is a two time All Star, one time Silver Slugger but importantly was the pulse that helped the Chicago White Sox win the 2005 World Series.
Alex Rodriguez: Love him or hate him, PED or not, A-Rod was one of the greatest players of all time. A three time MVP and fourteen time All Star, Rodriguez retired with 696 Home Runs, 3,115 Hits, 2,086 Runs Batted In and a bWAR of 117.8, which are all first ballot Hall of Fame numbers however he WAS caught with PEDs and suspended. He does however have a job broadcasting so his forgiveness trail seems much quicker than some.
Angel Pagan: Pagan was a two time World Series Champion with the San Francisco Giants and he would lead the National League in Triples in 2012. Pagan is also a two time Silver Medalist at the World Baseball Classis representing Puerto Rico.
Billy Butler: Mostly used as a Designated Hitter, Butler would go the All Star Game in 2012, which would be the same season he was named the winner of the Edgar Martinez Award.
Carl Crawford: Crawford was at his best when he was with the Tampa Bay Rays and it was there where he would become a four time All Star who woud also lead the American League four times in Triples and in Stolen Bases. He would collect 1,931 Hits over his career.
Coco Crisp: Crisp would help the Boston Red Sox win the World Series in 2007 and he would also lead the AL in Stolen Bases in 2011. He would have 1,572 Hits over his Major League Baseball career.
Colby Lewis: Lewis would have a decent career as a starter where he would win 77 Games.
David Ortiz: “Big Papi” is a legend in Boston and how can he not be? Ortiz powered the Red Sox to three World Series Championships and he was a ten time All Star. Ortiz is in the opinion of many the greatest Designated Hitter that ever lived and he has 541 career Home Runs with an OPS of .931. He should receive a very healthy first year ballot percentage.
Jake Peavy: Peavy was the National League Cy Young Award winner in 2007 and was a three time All Star. He would win 152 Games, 92 of which were with the San Diego Padres.
Javier Lopez: Lopez only won 30 Games with 14 Saves over his long career as a Relief Pitcher but he is a four time World Series Titles, one with Boston and three with the San Francisco Giants.
Jeff Francouer: Francouer would win a Gold Glove in 2007 and would have 1,373 Hits over his career.
Jimmy Rollins: A three time All Star at Shortstop, Jimmy Rollins would win the National League MVP in 2007 and lead the Philadelphia Phillies to the World Series the nest year. He retired with 2,455 Hits and 231 Home Runs.
Joe Nathan: Nathan was a six time All Star closer who won the Rolaids Relief Award in 2009. He finished his career with 377 Saves.
Jonathan Papelbon: Papelbon was named to the All Star Game six times and he was huge part of the Boston Red Sox 2007 World Series win. He retired with 368 Saves.
Juan Uribe: Uribe was a two time Wilson Defensive Player and the infielder would accumulate over 1,500 Major League Hits.
Justin Morneau: The 2006 American League MVP with the Minnesota Twins was a four time All Star. Late in his career he would have a resurgence where he won the Batting Title (2014) with the Colorado Rockies.
Kyle Lohse: Lohse would win 147 Major League Games and he helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the 2011 World Series.
Mark Teixeira: A five time All Star, Mark Teixeira would blast 4009 Home Runs with 1,862 Hits over a career that is best known with the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees. A member of the Yankees 2009 World Series Team, the First Baseman is also a three time Silver Slugger and five time Gold Glove winner.
Marlon Byrd: An All Star in 2011, Marlon Byrd would have over 1,500 Hits over his career.
Matt Thornton: A Relief Pitcher throughout his career, Matt Thornton was an All Star in 2010 and a World Series winner the next season with St. Louis.
Michael Bourn: A two time All Star, Michael Bourn would lead the National League in Stolen Bases three times and was also a two time Gold Glove winner. Bourn also would finish first in Total Zone Runs twice.
Omar Infante: Infante was an All Star in 2010 and collected 1,427 Hits over his career.
Prince Fielder: Fielder was a powerhouse like his father and the six time All Star was the Home Run leader in the National League in 2007. A three time Silver Slugger belted 319 Home Runs over his career.
Ryan Howard: The 2006 National League MVP played his entire career with the Philadelphia Phillies and he would later propel them to the 2008 World Series. Howard blasted 382 Home Runs over his career and was a two time league leader in that statistic.
Ryan Vogelsong: Vogelsong was a two time World Series Champion with the San Francisco Giants who was also an All Star 2010. He would win 61 Games over his career.
Scott Kazmir: Kazmir was a three time All Star who won 108 Games over his career. As a Tampa Bay Devil Ray, he would lead the American League in Strikeouts in the 2007 season.
Tim Lincecum: Lincecum was a two time National League Cy Young Award winner who was also a four time All Star. “The Freak” would win 110 Games in the Majors.
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Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives. As such, it is news to us that the Minnesota Twins will be inducting Justin Morneau in their franchise Hall of Fame.
Playing 11 of his 14 seasons with the Twins (2003-13), the Canadian born First Baseman would go to four consecutive All-Star Games (2007-10) and would win the American League MVP in 2006 when he had 34 Home Runs, 130 RBIs with a .321 Batting Average. Morneau would win two Silver Sluggers for the team, and overall as a Twin, he smacked 221 Home Runs, 860 Runs Batted In with a Slash Line of .278/.347/.485.
The ceremony will take place on May 23 against the Chicago White Sox. He becomes the 34thmember of the Twins Hall of Fame.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Justin Morneau for earning this honor.