When people argue about who the best shortstops of the last decade are, Edgar Renteria rarely ever is included in the argument. This bewilders me, as he has been consistently one of the better shortstops in the league since he debuted in 1996. He is barely ever mentioned as a dominant shortstop, but let me ask one question, WHY?
In his career, Renteria has amassed 1922 hits, so he will most likely eclipse the 2000 mark next season. He also has collected his 1000th career run this season, and he has 274 career stolen bases. To go along with his .291 career average and .349 career obp, he has been one of the better shortstops in the majors since he came up.
What gets me is that he is only thirty two years old. You would think he'd be able to play until he was 40, as ballplayers careers and prime years are extending later than in the past, thanks in large parts to conditioning, medical, and nutritional advancements in recent years. If he continues to play until that age, he could very well collect 3,000 career hits, 1700 runs, and 350-400 stolen bases. My question to you is, if he plays that long, do you think he will become a hall of fame caliber player.
Renteria strikes me as a Barry Larkin type. One of the better shortstops of his time not recognized for his ability because he lives in the shadows of the superstar players that played at his position during their time. I believe that if Renteria can stay at his current level, he will become a hall of famer one day.