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Which current day players are HOF bound?

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I am bored and was thinking about which players, who are playing today are headed to Cooperstown.

To make this a bit less speculative I only counted players with at least 5 years of major league service time and came up with this list.

Pujols

Sabathia

Trout

Verlander

Sale

Cabrera

Posey

Kershaw

are pretty much locks IMO

 

Fringe cases include:

Bumgarner

Cano

Lester

Altuve

Machado

Arenado

 

Can you come up with any more names?

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Yoan Moncada

 

Just kidding (mostly), but good list. I agree with all of them and can't really think of anyone else with 5+ years of experience 

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11 minutes ago, OmarComing25 said:

I'd put Greinke on the fringe case list

Votto as well

Good call, especially Votto. I'd even argue he should becloser to a lock. A career .423 OBP is just incredible and his 151+ OPS is better than Cabreras.

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Kris Bryant is off to a hell of a start (I know you said 5 years, but this is his 5th season so just throwing him a bone). 

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Harper started so young. He's got an MVP under his belt. He'll probably get in. Same for Giancarlo Stanton. 

I think when it's all said and done, Mookie Betts and Paul Goldschmidt will have good cases.

Yadier Molina is well regarded.

Andrew McCutchen may have a shot.

David Price, Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman...also a shot (no pun intended)

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Sale is more of the fringe case for me. He's way too inconsistent. He's dominant for a year or two amd then surrounds it with 2-3 years of disappointment. He's only had two truly exceptional seasons in his career(2014 and 2017) 

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44 minutes ago, Jack Parkman said:

Sale is more of the fringe case for me. He's way too inconsistent. He's dominant for a year or two amd then surrounds it with 2-3 years of disappointment. He's only had two truly exceptional seasons in his career(2014 and 2017) 

Horrible take.  He hasn't been inconsistent at all.  Top 6 in Cy Young voting every year between 2012-2018.  His peripherals have been terrific every year of his career (and they are still really good this year). 

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First Ballot Locks:  Pujols, Miggy, Trout, Verlander, Kershaw

Very Good Chance:  Sale, Greinke, Hamels, Scherzer, Votto, Sabathia, Yadier, Cano

Toss-Up (Depends on Next 5 seasons):  Goldschmidt, Stanton, Altuve, Machado, Freeman, Bumgarner, Rizzo, DeGrom, Strasburg

Fringe: Pedroia, Posey, Lester, McCutchen

Just Missed:  Felix, Kinsler, Price, Braun, Longoria

Young but looking good:  Bryant, Mookie, Lindor, Harper, Yelich

 

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