Ok, doing one of these takes quite a bit of time, so I though maybe once a week sounds better. Especially after buying MLB 07 The Show, which has taken up quite a bit of my time. With that, it has now been a week since my hall of fame predictions for the Al east, so now the time has come for the Al Central.
Chicago White Sox
Jim Thome 1B, DH- Jim Thome deserves a whole blog for his hall of fame discussion. Hey!!!! I found a blog all about his hall of fame credibility, how crazy is that! Heres the link, it's really great writing in my personal opinion. http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/59144 Final verdict: IN
Jermaine Dye- OF- Ahhh, the never ending question of what could have been. Jermaine Dye has battled injuries nearly every year he has been in the league, consistently missing at least 25-30 games since 2001. With that setback, he still put up a pretty nice career. I'd be damn proud if I hit 264 home runs in a major league uniform. His .337 on base percentage looks quite average, but he has a decent .486 slugging percentage. Not nearly hall of fame material, but a good player, nonetheless. Final Verdict: WAY OUT
Paul Konerko 1B- Paul Konerko has been one of the finer power hitters in the game for a good time now. He has four straight years of 30+ home runs, and five overall. His play has been greatly appreciated in Chicago, as they are now paying him a vast amount of money for the downfall of his career. He has been a consistent home run threat for years now, but 276 home runs from a first baseman aren't hall of fame material. He has been declining and doesnt have much fuel left in the tank. Final Verdict: OUT
C.C. Sabathia, P- Such a hard position to predict when players are so young. Sabathia turned 27 earlier this year, but he already has been in the league for seven full years. He has posted excellent numbers since coming up, winning 100 games, a 3.83 era, and 1146 k's. It seems he is just now becoming one of the most dominant pitchers in the game, as he set career highs in virtually every pitching category. I see a sunny day in Cooperstown some 20 years down the road in his future. Final Verdict: A long way to go, but someday......IN
Victor Martinez C - Just wanted to say I'm watching this guy. He's only been around four full years, but he has been one of the most dominating offensive catchers in the game. If this pace is kept on for the next 7-8 years, he will definitly be a hall of fame catcher, mainly for his bat.
Kenny Rogers P- If this guy hasn't been anything else, he's consistently been decent his entire career. He has been elected to 4 all star games, but finished top ten in the Cy Young voting only once. He has posted a 210-143 career lifetime record, with a 4.19 era, 3129 IP, 1886 strikeouts, 1.39 whip, and a 110 ERA+. Not hall of fame material, but he definitly had a great career. I tip my hat to you, Kenny Rogers. Final Verdict- Out
Ivan Rodriguez C- One of the best all around catchers of all time. We're talking 14 all star games, 7 Silver Sluggers, an mvp award, 12 gold gloves(10 consecutive at one point), and a nlcs mvp in 2003. He is a legend, flat out, and after he retires will forever be mentioned with the greatest catchers of all time. He was on a whole other level in both offense and defense compared to the average catcher of his time. He's boasting a .303 career average, .340 obp, 288 home runs, 2495 hits, 1182 rbi's, and 1209 runs. He is without a doubt a hall of famer, and thats not debatable. Final Verdict: IN
Gary Sheffield OF- 9 All Star games, Six top ten years in mvp voting, 480 career home runs, and one hell of a big mouth. You can either love him or hate him, but for some reason, I love Gary Sheffield. For years, he has had the most intimidating swing in the major leagues. I don't think I'd pitch to this guy wearing full football pads while being protected behind a steel wall. He's been one of the best hitters of this generation, with a .296 career average, .397 obp, .522 slugging percentage, 144 ops+, 1576 rbi's, 1540 runs, and 1377 walks. He will probably get in the hall of fame without hitting 500 home runs, which he will accomplish next year anyhow. Final Verdict: IN
Magglio Ordonez OF- So far, Magglio has been a member of six all star teams, and this year would put an mvp under his belt if it wasn't for A-rod's freakish year. Anyway, on to business. He has 247 career home runs, a .312 average, .370 obp, and a .522 slugging percentage. If it wasn't for those two injury plagued years, he would definitly be in position to boost his counting stats high enough for the hall of fame. Unless he can keep up production for 7 more years, he is not gonna make it. Final Verdict: Out
Johan Santana P- He's only 28, and I already have no problem saying he is a future hall of famer. Barring TAD(Total Arm Destruction), he will be a first ballot electee. His storied young career has been phenomenal. Four straight 200 strikeout seasons, a three year span with a whip under 1.00, a career whip of 1.09, a career era of 3.22, era+ of 142, and a record of 93-44. Not to mention those two Cy Young Awards. Final Verdict: IN
Torii Hunter- This guy is crazy overrated. It makes me mad people think he is a top flight Center fielder, because he really isn't. A career ops+ of 104 and .324 obp speak for themselves. Eww, I hate him. Final Verdict: Out
Kansas City Royals