It's time for the third installment in the could be, possibly maybe, future hall of famers blog. One quick look into the future shows I've been pretty accurate with my picks so far, so look at these as if I am a prophet of all things hall of fame. Now, without further ado, or adu, or whatever...........
Los Aneles Angels of Anaheim
Garret Anderson OF- Anderson has been a slightly above average hitter consistently over his career. He's the kind of guy who gets hits, doesnt walk, and drives in runs due to the hits he collects. Looking at his counting stats, he'd be a hall of famer 40 years ago. 2205 hits, 958 runs, 257 home runs, 1208 rbi's, and a .297 career batting average. Hell, those aren't bad numbers, and put them next to three all star apperances and you have a pretty good career. However, those stats don't cover the whole story. He has played regularly since 1995, and managed to walk only 368 times in his career, with a single season high of 38. His lack of walking prowess and plate discipline has led to a dismal .327 obp, and a .798 ops. Put that with a very average ops+ of 106, and your looking at a no go. Final Verdict: OUT, but he will get in the Angels hall of Halos, or whatever they call it.
Vladimir Guerrero OF- Woooh!!! This guy is a freak of freaks. Only 31 years old, we haven't seen the best of him yet. We HAVE been able to see him as one of the best in the league, however. Vlad has been killing pitchers since coming up, and he could hit a ball 8 feet out of the strike zone. He's been elected to 8 all star games, won an mvp award, and finished in the top ten in mvp voting four other times. He has collected 1041 runs, 1972 hits, 365 home runs, 373 doubles, 1177 rbi's, 168 stolen bases, and has a .325 career batting average. Did I forget to mention, his career obp is .391, and slugging is .579. His 148 career ops+ makes Garret Anderson look like Rey Ordonez. Final Verdict: IN like Gwynn
Francisco Rodriguez CP- The youngest player I have had to predict so far, only 25 years old and already one of the most dominating closers in the game. K-Rod has been amazing us ever since that 2002 postseason when he came out of nowhere, and hasn't left since. He already has two all star appearances, a Rolaids Relief pitcher of the year award(2006), and has led the league in saves twice. His 146 career saves and 1.08 whip are going to translate into some montster numbers when he's 36. The next Mariano Rivera, if you ask me. Final Verdict: Too early to tell.
Jon Lackey SP- Jon Lackey also came in like K-Rod, winning game 2 of the 2002 World Series as a little known Rookie. He's already collected four 200+ IP seasons, has a 79-58 career record, and a 3.82 career era. He is just now becoming one of the top starters in the league, and he doesn't see the disabled list much at all, so he could hold that position for a long time. Final Verdict: Ehhhh, I'm really not sure
Mike Piazza C, DH- Rookie of the year in 93. 12 All Star games, 10 Silver Slugger awards, and seven top 10 mvp finishes. Smells like the brew of the best offensive catcher of all time. Not only is he the only catcher to ever hit 400 career home runs, well......he's the only catcher to ever hit 400 home runs. Getting into the rest of his stats isn't important, because, well.......he is hte only catcher to ever hit 400 home runs. Not good enough for you, then check this. He has a career ops+ of 143. Good??? Thought so. Final Verdict: IN
Eric Chavez 3B- He plays defense peerless at one of the hardest positions in baseball. His offensive stats are excellent for a third baseman, but he still is yet to make an all star team. He has collected 227 home runs so far in his young career, and he very well may have seven to ten good years left in him, barring this isn't just a down year. Final Verdict: if he gets to 450 career home runs, and his six gold gloves become 10 or 11, He will be in.
Ichiro Suzuki OF- One of the greatest hitters in baseball history, and that is not a stretch. He came in from Japan and completely took the league by storm, never looking back. He has already won an mvp award, been an all star 7 straight years, and collected six gold gloves. Not to mention, he tied Wade Boggs this year for most consecutive years with 200+ hits. Every year he has played in the MLB, he has had over 100 runs, over 200 hits, over 30 steals, and batted over .300. He is a career .333 batter, and a future first ballot hall of famer. Final Verdict: IN
Barring Micheal Young continuing on his current pace(he joined Wade Boggs and Ichiro as the only players with five straight 200 hit seasons), the Rangers have no one up for hall of fame cosideration. I would give the nod to Young if he stays in the league for ten more years and gets close to 3,000 hits. We shall see, we shall see.................