Baseball is one of the great American sports, filled with fantastic athletes. Let’s take a look at some of the players we believe will make it to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Derek Jeter: The selection of the Yankees captain is a no-brainer. He leads all active players with 3,163 hits while racking up 246 home runs with 1,216 runs batted in and 344 steals. He leads the American League with 75 hits this season. Factor in four Silver Sluggers, five Gold Gloves,12 All-Star appearances, and five World Series rings and you can see why Jeter is a favorite amongst favorites. .
Mike Trout: Many sports enthusiasts won’t include Mike Trout on their lists because he’s just starting out, but we can’t help it. He’s hitting .338 with five home runs and 22 runs batted in after his four-for-four performance this week and is tied for the team lead with nine stolen bases. Trout’s performance takes some of the pressure off Albert Pujols, who scuffled in his first season on the West Coast. Trout looks like the real deal at age 20, and he still has a long career ahead of him.
Starlin Castro: It’s hard to remember that Castro is 22 as this is his second full season in the majors and he also spent the majority of 2010 with the Cubs. Castro became the youngest player to lead the National League in hits last season with 207 and the power numbers are expected to come with maturity. He’s hit .305 with four home runs, 32 runs batted in and 15 steals while starting every game so far this season for Chicago.
Albert Pujols: Pujols had 11 glorious seasons in St. Louis, where he hit .325 with 445 home runs and 1,329 runs batted in. He has a National League Rookie of the Year award, three NL MVP awards and finished second in the MVP voting on three other occasions. He also has six Silver Slugger awards, two Gold Gloves, nine All-Star appearances and two World Series rings.
Ryan Braun: After having his suspension for a failed drug test overturned, Braun continued to torment opposing pitching as he did in 2011 when he was the NL MVP. He’s hitting .308 with 14 home runs and 36 runs batted in even without Prince Fielder in the lineup for protection. He drove in at least 97 runs in each of his first five seasons and is on pace to break the century mark again this year.
What players do you consider virtual locks for Cooperstown after their careers are over?