Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Question of the Day (Redsox/Yankees Style)

My friend, Tim Walker, asks, which active players, if they were to retire today, would be sure-fire, no-doubt, first-ballot Hall of Famers?

Keep in mind that, by Hall rules, a player must be active in the Majors for 10 seasons to be eligible for the Hall. Therefore Albert Pujols, for example, is ineligible.



Aaron said...

Active today...
Manny. Griffy. jeeter.

Tim said...

In addition, off the top of my head:

Jim Thome
Pedro Martinez (if he's not retired)
Tom Glavine
Alex Rodriguez
John Smoltz
Mariano Rivera
Frank Thomas
Randy Johnson

Bryan Person said...

Aaron and Tim (and Kyle Flaherty, too):

It was an absolute pleasure discussing this very topic with y'all at Shortstop last night.

Tim mentioned Pudge Rodriguez, and I think we have to add him into the mix. Barry Bonds technically isn't retired, right?

While both of these guys were juicers, they'd still get my vote.

Bryan | @BryanPerson

Johnny Rooster said...

What about Matt "the Babe" Stairs? Let's not leave him out.

adamcohen said...

Wow, the news today about Manny sure impacts his future on the HOF, overnight.

Warren said...

It will be interesting to see how the voters react to this whole steroid mess and if it affects A-Rod and Manny. Honestly, I don't see how it could. But then you are opening the door for Bonds, Palmeiro, Sosa and McGwire.

As far as adding to the list, we could cheat and add 9 year locks, Pujols & Ichiro. Also, since Schilling was "active" at the start of the season, I guess we should add him.