Cooperstown Contemplations

[This one is genius. If you have ever wondered about what current MLB players will make it to Cooperstown, Ezra Troy weighs in here with a brilliant piece. An informed view has to start with a deep look at the history of the Hall. Troy delivers it and then goes on the line with his picks from the current crop of MLB greats.]

The Hall of Fame. The biggest honor for an MLB player is to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. On average, there are about 31 MLB players playing that will make the Hall of Fame. Every sixth year since the Hall of Fame was established (1946, 1956…), an average of 33 players playing make the Hall of Fame1, 2, 3. I included those players as well as 32 players who would make the Hall of Fame if 32 players playing today had to make the Hall4.

1946: Ted Lyons, Red Ruffing, Mel Ott, Bill Dickey, Hank Greenberg, Luke Appling, Billy Herman, Ernie Lombardi, Arky Vaughn, Joe Medwick, Bob feller, Joe Dimaggio, Johnny Mize, Bobby Doer, Joe Gordon, Lou Bordereu, Enos Slaughter, Ted Williams, Early Winn, Hal Newhouser, Pee Wee Reese, Phil Rizzuto, Bob Lemon, Stan Musial, Warren Spahn, Larry Doby, George Kell, Red Schoendienst, Ralph Kiner, Yogi Berra: 30

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1956: Bob Feller, Enos Slaughter, Ted Williams, Early Winn, Pee Wee Reese, Phil Rizzuto, Bob Lemon, Stan Musial, Warren Spahn, Larry Doby, George Kell, Red Schoendienst, Yogi Berra, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Nelly Fox, Roy Campenella, Richie Ashburn, Robin Roberts, Whitey Ford, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Mathews, Hoyt Wilhelm, Ernie Banks, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Sandy Koufax, Jim Bunning, Roberto Clemente, Brooks Robinson, Don Drysdale, Bill Mazeroski, Luis Apparicio, Frank Robinson: 35

1966: Yogi Berra, Robin Roberts, Whitey Ford, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Mathews, Hoyt Wilhelm, Ernie Banks, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, Jim Bunning, Roberto Clemente, Brooks Robinson, Don Drysdale, Bill Mazeroski, Luis Apparicio, Frank Robinson, Orlando Cepeda, Bob Gipson, Billy Williams, Willlie McCovey, Ron Santo, Juan Marichal, Lou Brock, Carl Yastrezemski, Willie Stargel, Gaylord Perry, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Phil Niekro, Catfish Hunter, Ferguson Jenkins, Jim Palmer, Steve Carlton, Nolan Ryan, Don Sutton: 38

1976: Hank Aaron, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Billy Williams, Willlie McCovey, Lou Brock, Carl Yastrezemski, Willie Stargel, Gaylord Perry, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Phil Niekro, Catfish Hunter, Ferguson Jenkins, Jim Palmer, Steve Carlton, Nolan Ryan, Don Sutton, Johnny Bench, Rod Carew, Tom Seaver, Reggie Jackson, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Bert Blyleven, Mike Schmidt, Goose Gosage, George Brett, Dave Winfield, Jim Rice, Gary Carter, Robin Yount, Dennis Eckersley, Bruce Sutter: 34

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1986: Tony Perez, Phil Niekro, Steve Carlton, Nolan Ryan, Don Sutton, Tom Seaver, Reggie Jackson, Carlton Fisk, Bert Blyleven, Mike Schmidt, Goose Gosage, George Brett, Dave Winfield, Jim Rice, Gary Carter, Robin Yount, Dennis Eckersley, Bruce Sutter, Andre Dawson, Eddie Murray, Ozzie Smith, Paul Molitor, Ricky Henderson, Ryan Sandberg, Cal Ripken Jr, Wade Boggs, Tony Gwynn, Kirby Pucket, Barry Larkin, Greg Maddux: 30

1996: Dennis Eckersley, Andre Dawson, Eddie Murray, Ozzie Smith, Paul Molitor, Ricky Henderson, Ryan Sandberg, Cal Ripken Jr, Wade Boggs, Tony Gwynn, Barry Larkin, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Roberto Alomar, Craig Biggio, Randy Johnsohn, John Smoltz, Ken Griffey Jr, Frank Thomas, Mike Piazza, Pedro Marinez, Jim Thome*, Jeff Bagwell*, Ivan Rodriguez*, Trevor Hoffman*, Chipper Jones*, Manny Ramirez*, Mariano Rivera*, Derek Jeter* Vladamir Gurrero*, Andruw Jones*: 31*

20062: Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Roberto Alomar, Craig Biggio, Randy Johnsohn, John Smoltz, Ken Griffey Jr, Frank Thomas, Mike Piazza, Pedro Marinez, Jim Thome*, Ivan Rodriguez*, Trevor Hoffman*, Manny Ramirez*, Chipper Jones*, Marino Rivera*, Derek Jeter* Vladamir Gurrero*, Andruw Jones*, Roy Halladay*, Cliff Lee*: 20*

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Current Players who will make the Hall of Fame4

  1. David Ortiz
  2. Albert Pujols
  3. Ichiro Suzuki
  4. Mike Trout
  5. Clayton Kershaw
  6. Adrian Beltre
  7. Robinson Cano
  8. Yadier Molina
  9. Buster Posey
  10. Bryce Harper
  11. Manny Machado
  12. Paul Goldschmidt
  13. Kris Bryant
  14. Mookie Betts
  15. Noah Syndergaard
  16. Chris Sale
  17. Madison Bumgardener
  18. Evan Longoria
  19. Felix Hernandez
  20. Giancarlo Stanton
  21. Miguel Cabrera
  22. Carlos Beltran
  23. Victor Martinez
  24. CC Sabathia
  25. Andrew Mccutchen
  26. Joe Mauer
  27. Mark Texiera
  28. Justin Verlander
  29. Adrian Gonzalez
  30. Dustin Pedroia
  31. Ryan Howard
  32. Matt Holliday

Ezra Troy

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4 comments on “Cooperstown Contemplations
  1. Mike Trout for President says:

    If Curt Schilling can run for the U.S. Senate, what about Mike Trout for President. He can not just end up in the Hall, but can have his own Presidential Library. #needmoreoptionsthantrumpandhillary

  2. DT says:

    Great article. Isn’t hard to say that a guy like Chris Sale is going to make it Cooperstown? It seems like pitchers have a lot of dependency on the quality of their team. Do they get run support? Do they get solid defense?

    Good piece.

  3. Alfred says:

    There really are some great players in the game today. Mike Trout is one of the tops of all-time, IMO. There are a lot of people that think baseball is dying and will no longer be America’s pastime in a decade or so I disagree. Baseball has great players and is still a great game.

  4. Sturges says:

    Great thinking here, Ezra. Well done. I wonder if there are a couple of Royals like Wade Davis or Eric Hosmer that might have a chance to make it Cooperstown.

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