Baseball Hall of Fame Which of todays players have the best shot at Cooperstown?


Baseball Hall of Fame Which of todays players have the best shot at Cooperstown? Trying to handicap Baseball Hall of Fame candidates is as difficult as trying to pick the winner of the Kentucky Derby. After are inducted Sundayáin Cooperstown, New York, the , in his first year of eligibility, might match Riveras 100 percent voting approvaláin 2020. So go ahead and dream, current players. You too mayáhave a date in Cooperstown down the road. Heres a look at the todays Major Leagueáplayers who should draw Hall of Fameáattention in the coming years. Weve broken them down to: Write Your Speech overwhelming favorites ,áTrending Up, Trending Down, and those who still have work to do statistics through Friday . Career: .301 BA, 647 HR; 2,038 RBI, .931 OPS, 100.3 WAR 2019: .243 BA, 14 HR, 56 RBI Sure, the 39 year old Pujols has slowed down. But that doesnt diminish his total picture. A three time NL MVP, a two time World Series winner and a 10 time All Star, hes in elite company. Career: .306 BA, 270 HR, 723 RBI, .999 OPS, 70.4 WAR 2019: .301 BA, 30 HR, 75 RBI Hes already won two AL MVP awards and finished second four times. An eight time All Star, if he stays healthy, should have a chance to break many records. Career: 168 87, 3.16 ERA, 60 WAR 2019: 9 5, 2.30 ERA The veteran righthander has a complete Hall resume: three Cy Youngs and five All Star nods. Hes led the National League in strikeouts the pastáthree seasons and has developed a reputation for being a big game pitcher. Career: 216 127,á3.37 ERA, 67.3 WAR 2019:á12 4, 2.99 ERA The trade from Detroit to Houston rejuvenated the righthander and moved him into serious Hall consideration. The eight time All Star has a Cy Young Award, an MVP, an ALáRookie of the Year, and an ALCS MVP. And, oh yeah, a World Series title. Career: .315 BA,á470 HR; 1,672 RBI, 69.5 WAR 2019: .287 BA, 5 HR, 37 RBI Clutch hitter is bound for Cooperstown. He also has a World Series ring, a World Series MVP, two regular season MVPsáand 11 trips to the All StaráGame. Career: 161 71, 2.42 ERA, 66.4 WAR 2019: 8 2, 3.00 ERA Forget his so so postseason performances. The man is 90 games over .500 and has struck out 2,373 hitters. Three Cy Youngs and an NL MVP Award are examples of the eight time All Stars brilliance. Career: 251 157, 3.71 ERA, 64.7 WAR 2019: 5 4, 4.06 ERA Earning his 250th victory and passing the 3,000 strikeout milestone in his final season has CC staring upward. He wont be a first ballot pick, but he shouldnt have to wait long. He would love to add a second Yankees World Series title to his Cy Young, ALCS MVPáand six All Star appearances. Career: .282 BA, 150 HR, 895 RBI, 39 WAR 2019:á.261 BA, 4 HR, 36 RBI Offensive stats only tell part of the story.áMolina, a nine time All Star and Gold Glove winner, is arguably the best defensive catcher and signal caller since Johnny Bench. Having won two World Series, hes a clutch hitter ask Mets fans . Career: 115 90, 3.09 ERA, 35.7 WAR 2019: 5 7, 3.65 ERA Bumgarner has the postseason resume of three titles, a World Series MVP and an NLCS MVP. At 29, however, he still has a lot of pitching to do, for who knows what team. He can use a turnaround season to remind fans and voters that hes still around. Career: 150 78, 3.27 ERA, 39.9 WAR 2019: 7 3, 3.61 ERA Dont dismiss Prices chances. Except for pitching at Yankee Stadium, the five time All Star has survived quite well in the rough and tumble AL East. He won a Cy Young with the Tampa Bay Raysáand a World Series with the Boston Red Sox. Theres still some life in his 31 year old arm. Career: 31 20, 1.97 ERA, 238 saves, 20.0 WAR 2019: 0 1, 5.87 ERA, 5 saves How much his late start this season affects Kimbrels Hall chances remains to be seen. He was a Rookie of the Year, won a World Series with the Red Sox, and has appeared in seven All Star games. In his favor, more relievers are being considered for Cooperstown. Career: .277 BA, 201 HR, 591 RBI, 29 WAR 2019: .260 BA, 17 HR, 70áRBI Lets not forget that Harper, who may not be living up to his Philadelphia Phillies contract, is only 26. And hes already an MVP, a Rookie of the Year and a six time All Star. If this is merely an adjustment season after switching teams, watch out. Career: .281 BA, 199 HR, 577 RBI, 36.4 WAR 2019: .271 BA, 24 HR, 64 RBI The other high priced free agent of last offseason is starting to settle in with the San Diego Padres. He was a four time All Star and a two time Gold Glove winneráin Baltimore. If he continues hisápace, he merits consideration for the Hall. Career: .303 BA, 317 HR; 1,255 RBI, 68.7 WAR This season:á .244 BA, 6 HR, 22 RBI Canos Hall chances probably ended with his 80 game suspension last season for testing positive for a banned substance. His less than fulfilling start to his Mets career doesnt help. Even with a World Series ring, All Star MVP, two Gold Gloves and eight All Star games, many voters wont consider him. Career: 169 132, 3.38 ERA, 50.4 WAR 2019: 1 4, 6.52 ERA Earlier in his career, King Felix look like a lock for the Hall of Fame. But injuries have knocked him for a loop. He may need another good season or two to send him to Cooperstown. He has a Cy Young, has gone to six All Star games, and was team MVP seven times. Career: 107 71, 2.98 ERA, 4.51 WAR 2019: 4 9, 4.05á ERA This season has been a bummer for the seven time All Star. He needs to get back on track quickly before the images of his excellent contributions to Bostonsálatest World Series victory fade into the background. Career: 32 26, 2.25 ERA, 261 saves, 16.8 WAR 2019: 2 2, 2.45 ERA, 25ásaves How much longer can the 31 year old throw 100 mph? He could use a Yankees World Series title to go with the one he won with the Chicago Cubs. The six time All Star has 651 career strikeouts. Hell need considerably more for Hall induction. Career: .268 BA, 306 HR, 779 RBI, 39.8 WAR 2019: .290 BA, 1 HR, 7 RBI á á á á á á á á á á á á á á á á á á á á á á á áá This season has been a washout because of injuries. If you think Stanton, wholl turn 30 in November, is still Hall worthy, you better root for his 2017 form, when he hit 59áhomers and drove in 132 runs with the Miami Marlins, to return. Another MVP season, or two, is necessary. Career: .262 BA, 409 HR,á1,223 RBI, 34.1 WAR 2019: .221 BA, 29áHR, 67 RBI Encarnacion has 31 more homers and 161 moreáruns batted in than Nelson Cruz, a player of similar talent. Cruz has hit for the better average, by eight points. The newest Yankee needs to improve his average to become a legit Hall of Fame candidate. Career:á.304 BA, 138 HR, 663 RBI, 41.3 WAR 2019: .259 BA, 5 HR, 28 RBI All those years of catching have taken a toll on the Giants catcher. He can only hope the voters remember his early days, when San Francisco won three titles and Posey was a Rookie of the Year, an MVP and a six time All Star. This article originally appeared on North Jersey Record:

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