On Friday the eyes of the baseball world all turned to Cooperstown, NY as MLB ‘s annual Hall of Fame Weekend began. The weekend will end Monday with a round table discussion featuring the six newest members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Today, however, we’ll be treated to the Induction Ceremony. Three players and three managers will take their places in the hall alongside baseball legends like Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Rickey Henderson, thus cementing themselves in baseball history for all of time.
So, today I pose the question: Which current MLB players are absolute locks for Hall of Fame membership, once their careers have ended and they have reached eligibility?
To narrow down my rather large list of candidates I needed criteria. I decided to look at age, number of seasons in MLB, awards and accomplishments, MLB All-Star appearances and finally, not being linked to performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
In order to be realistic, I had to add the final criteria when looking for candidates for this list. There has been an obvious trend among the members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), the voters in this case, that a player being even linked to PEDs plays a large part in their decision making. Many candidates who have been linked to PEDs have received lower percentages of the vote in recent years. It did not matter to the voters that they may have the same tenure, awards and accomplishments as those that have received enough votes to be inducted, therefore it seemed important to include.
On that note let’s look at the five active MLB players I believe will be members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, in alphabetical order. Please feel free to leave your comments at the end, whether you agree or disagree, or would like to nominate a candidate of your own.