Hall of Fame Weekend is one of the most important events in the sport of baseball, so it seems appropriate to discuss which current MLB players are locks for the hall of fame, and who still has a bit to go on their path to Cooperstown. This week we will discuss the players in the American League and next week, players in the National League.
Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angeles of Anaheim: Pujols is one of the greatest first basemen of all time, with 3000+ hits, 630+ home runs, and a career average over .300. He is 3x MVP, former Rookie of the Year, 2x World Series Champion, and a 10x all-star. His career WAR is higher than Jimmie Foxx, Carl Yastrzemski, and Cal Ripken. Pujols is a lock for Cooperstown.
Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers: With more than 3100 hits and 460+ homers, Adrian Beltre has surpassed players such as Roberto Clemente, Wade Boggs, and George Brett in WAR. The only thing Adrian is missing is a World Series Ring. Beltre is a lock for Cooperstown.
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers: Although he has been out for almost the entire season, Miggy is still a Hall Of Famer. He is a 2x MVP, 7x Silver Slugger, 4x Batting Champion, a Triple Crown winner, and a World Series Champion. Miguel Cabrera is a surefire Hall of Famer.
Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners: Even though he took a front office role in May, he did play this season, so he’s included on this list. He has a career batting average of .311, a 10x gold glove, MVP and ROY. Ichiro also set the MLB record of hits in a season, with 262 in 2004. He is a Hall of Famer.
Justin Verlander, Houston Astros: Verlander is closing in on 200 career wins, has 2500+ strikeouts, and is a World Series Champion. He has also won MVP, ROY, a Cy Young Award, and the pitching Triple Crown. He should be a Hall of Famer.
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Trout has been proclaimed to be one of the greatest players of all time, a title he deserves. If he continues in the trajectory he is on, then he should be in Cooperstown, but as of now, it’s too early to tell.
National League players will be revealed next week.