The 40 Recently Retired MLB Players with the Best Chance for the Hall of Fame

Cody Swartz@cbswartz5Senior Writer IJune 11, 2012

The 40 Recently Retired MLB Players with the Best Chance for the Hall of Fame

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    It’s notoriously difficult to judge a player’s Hall of Fame chances, especially with Major League Baseball having gone through the dreaded steroid era. How players like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens fare in upcoming elections will have significant impact on current steroid players that will one day appear on a Hall of Fame ballot. 

    This is an extension of a previous article I wrote, one detailing 75 active major league players and their chances at making the Hall of Fame. This one looks at 40 players that have recently retired and evaluates their chances of making Cooperstown, only counting those that are not yet eligible for the Hall.

Ken Griffey, Jr.

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    Status: 100 percent lock

    For the first half of his career, Ken Griffey, Jr. was well on track to being one of the greatest ballplayers to ever play the game. He was a .300 hitter with 50-home run power, he could run the bases and he played center field gracefully and was one of the best to ever play the field.

    Griffey really trailed off in the second half of his career, struggling with injuries and inconsistencies while a member of the Cincinnati Reds. He still finished his career with 630 home runs—the sixth-highest total ever—and he drove in 1,836 runs. Griffey won four home run titles, drove in 90 runs 11 times and made 13 All-Star teams while winning 10 Gold Gloves.

    And he's never been accused of taking steroids. You can pencil him in.

Greg Maddux

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    Status: 100 percent lock

    You could make a legitimate case for Greg Maddux as one of the five greatest pitchers of all-time. What makes that even more impressive is that Maddux’s most remarkable attribute is that he didn’t throw much harder than the low nineties.

    Consistency was the name of Maddux’s game, as he won 15 or more games for an unbelievable 18 consecutive seasons. He finished with 355 wins, pitching over 5,000 innings and maintaining a microscopic 1.8 walk rate. Maddux has won four consecutive Cy Young awards, a major league record 18 Gold Gloves and he led the league in range factor at his position 15 times.

    Maddux was remarkably durable. He started at least 35 games nine times, led the league seven times and at one point, led the league in innings pitched five years in a row.

    The longtime Brave also threw 109 complete games and 35 shutouts. To give you a comparison, Cole Hamels—one of the best pitchers in the game today—has thrown 10 complete games and four shutouts in his career.

    Maddux also had two of the greatest single seasons (1994 and 1995) of any pitcher in the modern era.

Randy Johnson

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    Status: 100 percent lock

    All you have to do is take one look at Randy Johnson’s resume, and there’s no doubt. Besides winning over 300 games, Johnson has made 10 All-Star teams, won five Cy Young awards—including four in a row and in both leagues—led the league in strikeouts nine times, wins four times and won 20 games three times.

    Johnson is a World Series champion, having posted one of the most amazing postseasons in recent history, going 5-1 with a 1.52 ERA and 47 strikeouts to just eight walks in 41.1 innings pitched. Johnson co-won the Fall Classic MVP award in 2001, and he has a pretty fine postseason resume, having posted a 3.50 ERA, 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings and a 1.140 WHIP.

Pedro Martinez

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    Status: 100 percent lock

    In his prime, Pedro Martinez was a better pitcher than Sandy Koufax. Look at Martinez from 1998 through 2003: He was 118-36 (.766) with a 2.20 ERA, 6.4 H/9, 2.0 BB/9, 11.3 K/9 and a 0.940 WHIP. Meanwhile, Koufax was 111-34 (.766) with a 1.95 ERA, 6.3 H/9, 2.1 BB/9, 9.4 K/9 and a 0.926 WHIP.

    They’re neck and neck in everything, except Martinez has a clear edge in strikeouts and Koufax gets the nod in ERA. But don’t forget the era that Koufax pitched in, and when you look at adjusted ERA, it’s not even close: Martinez is 213 and Koufax is 167.

    Simply put, Martinez was as unhittable during that stretch as any pitcher that ever walked the planet. He had a relatively short career compared to other Hall of Famers, but that didn’t stop Koufax from making the Hall of Fame, and it shouldn’t stop Martinez. Martinez is an eight-time All-Star, he’s won three Cy Young awards and led the league in ERA five times.

    He’s also got a slew of absolutely jaw-dropping moments—the six hitless innings in relief in the playoffs, the 27-out perfect game that didn’t count, the 17-strikeout game against the New York Yankees and the four strikeouts in a row to start the All-Star Game.

Ivan Rodriguez

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    Status: 100 percent lock

    Ivan Rodriguez is probably the best all-around catcher the game has seen since Johnny Bench. He’s a terrific hitter, and few players in recent years have had the ability to play defense like I-Rod.

    Rodriguez is a .296 career hitter who topped .300 10 times. He’s less than 200 hits away from 3,000. He also has 572 doubles and 311 home runs to go with that. I-Rod has made 14 All-Star teams, earned MVP votes in six seasons and won the 1999 American League MVP award when he batted .332 with 35 home runs, 113 RBIs, 25 stolen bases, and a .914 OPS.

    Rodriguez led the league in a slew of defensive statistics, throwing out the highest percentage of runners in the league nine times and leading the league in total zone runs on defense the same amount of times. He’s caught more games behind the plate than anyone else to ever play the position, and I-Rod played a key role on the 2003 World Series champion Florida Marlins.

Mike Piazza

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    Status: 100 percent lock

    The two greatest catchers of the last 25 years are Mike Piazza and Ivan Rodriguez, and while Piazza certainly doesn’t have I-Rod’s defensive skills, he was much superior with the bat.

    Piazza is a .308 career hitter, and his 427 home runs are the most of any catcher in the history of the game. He’s a 12-time All-Star who earned MVP votes nine separate times. Piazza hit as high as .362 one season, topped 30 home runs nine times and drove in 100 six times. He’s so good offensively that it overshadows his defense—and what is shocking is that Piazza actually has a +1.0 defensive WAR in his major league career.

Barry Bonds

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    Status: Near-Lock

    The only reason Barry Bonds is not a 100 percent guaranteed lock is because of the obvious steroid issue, but the Hall of Fame can’t possibly keep Barry Bonds out, can they? I still don’t think people realize just how good Bonds is.

    He won seven National League MVP awards, eight Gold Gloves, two batting titles and he holds career records in home runs (762) and walks (2,558). Bonds is the only member of the 400 home run, 400 stolen base club, and he’s actually got 500-500.

    Some of his numbers are just too ridiculous even for video games. In a five-game stretch in mid-April 2004, he went 8-for-10 with four home runs and 12 walks. There were times he was intentionally walked with the bases loaded so teams wouldn’t have to pitch to him. Bonds had a batting eye better than Ted Williams, and even before he took steroids, he was the game’s best player.

    I think he will have to wait a little before he makes the Hall of Fame, but he will make it eventually.

Tom Glavine

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    Status: Near-Lock

    Tom Glavine is definitely a step below Greg Maddux, Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson, but that shouldn’t keep him out of the Hall of Fame.

    He’s a 300-game winner who was a key element of the Atlanta Braves teams in the 1990s. Glavine was an absolute workhorse, pitching at least 165 innings for 20 straight years and averaging 215 during that span. He won 15 games 10 times and led the league in wins five times. Glavine’s 3.54 career ERA is the highest of any pitcher in the 300-win club, but there’s no reason to keep him out of the Hall. He also shined in the postseason, where he had 14 career playoff wins and was named the 1995 World Series MVP.

Craig Biggio

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    Status: Near-Lock

    There’s no reason not to put Craig Biggio in the Hall of Fame, although he may be a slight step under players like Ken Griffey, Jr. and Ivan Rodriguez.

    Biggio was a complete baseball player who could hit with the best second baseman to ever play the game, and he won four Gold Gloves for his defensive excellence. Biggio is the only player in the sport’s history with 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 250 home runs and 400 stolen bases. He broke into the major leagues as a catcher, played second base for over a decade and then moved to left field.

    Biggio holds some of the game’s more remarkable achievements, having played a full season without grounding into a double play, posting double-digit home runs and stolen bases nine times and retiring with the modern major league record for career hit by pitches (285).

Trevor Hoffman

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    Status: Near-Lock

    Trevor Hoffman wasn’t at the same level in his prime as Mariano Rivera, Billy Wagner or Eric Gagne.

    But Hoffman will get in because of his longevity—he retired with the major league record of 601 saves (since topped by Rivera), and he holds records with 15 seasons of 20, 14 of 30 and nine years of 40 or more, including two streaks of four years in a row.

    Hoffman’s 1998 season is one of the greatest of any reliever (53 saves, 1.48 ERA, 0.849 WHIP, 10.6 K/9 rate). His career ERA of 2.87 isn’t as good as I would have thought of a closer of his caliber, but he was so good for so long that he will make it, especially since there are only five relief pitchers in the Hall of Fame.

Frank Thomas

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    Status: Probably

    The problem with the steroid era is that it’s impossible to know who took them and for how long. There’s been no proof of Frank Thomas having taken any, although one can’t help but wonder considering his mammoth size and the era in which he played.

    When he was in his prime, Thomas was every bit the hitter that Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle or Hank Greenberg was. Thomas is one of four players in history with a .300 career batting average, 500 home runs, 1,500 RBIs and 1,500 walks. The other four are Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Mel Ott, which gives Thomas pretty good company.

    Thomas led the American League in on-base percentage and OPS four times each, and he hit .330/.452/.604 with an average of 36 home runs and 118 RBIs per season from 1991 to 1998. I don’t care how bad his defense was; those are Hall of Fame offensive numbers.

John Smoltz

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    Status: Probably

    John Smoltz was definitely a step below Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, but I think he will make the Hall of Fame. Smoltz is the only pitcher in history to win 200 games and record 150 saves—a feat that not even Dennis Eckersley accomplished.

    Smoltz has a better career ERA than Glavine, and he has a Cy Young award of his own. Smoltz led the league in wins twice, saves once, and he was absolutely unstoppable during the playoffs, as he went 15-4 with a 2.67 ERA in the postseason. The fact that he was significantly better than Maddux and Glavine in the playoffs will really help his case.

Curt Schilling

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    Status: Probably

    Curt Schilling probably doesn’t have the regular season numbers to make the Hall of Fame, as his 216 career wins and 3.46 ERA would put him definitely in the lower group of players to make Cooperstown. But Schilling has over 3,000 career strikeouts, an unbelievable 4.38 strikeout to walk ratio—including five seasons leading the league—six seasons making the All-Star team and three years as the runner-up for the Cy Young award.

    Schilling also has a pretty fine postseason resume, as he’s played a key role in three different playoff teams—first for the 1993 Philadelphia Phillies, then for the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks and finally for the 2004 Boston Red Sox. He’s 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA in 19 starts, and he has a 4-1 record to go with a 2.06 ERA in the Fall Classic.

Billy Wagner

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    Status: Probably

    I really hope Billy Wagner makes the Hall of Fame, because he deserves it. His stats are flat-out dominant. He has a 2.31 career ERA, which gives him a 187 adjusted ERA. Wagner posted an ERA under 2.00 five times, and he actually retired after the 2010 season when he posted a 1.43 ERA with the Atlanta Braves. He probably could still be dominating if he wanted to.

    Wagner is fifth all-time with 422 saves, and he reached 30 saves nine times. Wagner has a 11.9 career strikeout rate per nine innings, which is the highest of any pitcher ever with as many innings as he has pitched.

Roger Clemens

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    Status: Maybe

    Time only tells how history will judge Roger Clemens, and he’s been downgraded to a maybe on this list because I don’t think voters will be able to ignore that when it comes to whether or not to vote Clemens in.

    Clemens should be a lock; he has won 354 games, he’s the only seven-time Cy Young award winner in the game’s history, he won a league MVP award and led the league in ERA an incredible seven times. Clemens made All-Star Games 19 years apart, and he posted a 2.30 ERA in 2006 at the ripe old age of 44.

    Obviously, the steroids aided Clemens; after all, his career seemed to be winding down when he posted a 40-39 record and 3.77 ERA from 1993-1996, but the question is how much they helped him. If Clemens had retired after ’96, he would have had nearly 200 wins, an MVP award and three Cy Young trophies. That definitely would have been enough to get him in the Hall.

    It’s also difficult to know how to judge players that took steroids; many players of the era took steroids, and Clemens was still the best—or least a top-four pitcher, depending on how you compare Clemens to Randy Johnson, Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez. He should make it in with no questions asked, but I have a feeling his personality and the steroids could keep him out.

Carlos Delgado

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    Status: Maybe

    Carlos Delgado was never linked to or accused of steroids, but his numbers may not be enough because of the era in which he played. Delgado hit 473 home runs in his career, topping 30 for 10 straight years. He drove in 100 runs nine times and had 90 RBIs 12 times. During the peak of the steroid era (1996-2003), Delgado hit the eighth-most home runs (292) of any player in the game.

    Delgado drew a ton of walks—topping 100 four times—which gave him a .383 career on-base percentage. Delgado was also a truly nice guy, which will really help his case, but I think ultimately, his numbers will be overshadowed.

Jorge Posada

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    Status: Maybe

    Do I think Jorge Posada deserves the Hall of Fame? Borderline. He was a very good, but probably not Hall-of-Fame worthy catcher. Do I think he will make it, though? Yes, because he played such an integral role in the New York Yankees’ championship teams of the mid to late 1990s.

    Posada played for the Yankees his entire 17-year career, finishing with 275 home runs, 1,065 RBIs and made five All-Star teams. Posada really wasn’t anything to brag about on defense, and I don’t think his offense is quite good enough for the Hall. His career .848 OPS behind the plate ranks ninth-best among catchers ever, which will probably be enough to put him in Cooperstown.

Jim Edmonds

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    Status: Doubtful

    Jim Edmonds finished with 1,949 hits, 393 home runs, 1,199 RBIs and 998 walks. If he had 2,000 hits, 400 home runs, 1,200 RBIs and 1,000 walks, it would look a lot better.

    Edmonds made four All-Star teams, won eight Gold Gloves, earned MVP votes in six seasons and led the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series appearance in 2004. Edmonds hit 25 home runs 10 times and drove in 80 runs nine times. He will be a maybe because of how good of an all-around offensive and defensive player he was, but if I had to bet, I would say Edmonds won’t make it.

Mike Mussina

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    Status: Doubtful

    If Mike Mussina had won 300 games, he probably would be a Hall of Famer one day. As of now, I don’t know how history will view him. He retired after winning 20 games at the age of 40, and there’s a good chance he could have hung around and reached 300.

    Mussina won double-digit games for 17 straight seasons, averaging 16 per year during that span from 1992 through 2008. He struck out nearly 3,000 batters in his career, topping 200 four times, and posting a 3.58 lifetime strikeout to walk ratio.

    He never won a Cy Young award and only finished higher than fourth in the voting once, but he was consistently up there with best, finishing in the top six nine times. He made five All-Star teams and won seven Gold Gloves, which could put him in for being well-rounded and consistent.

Sammy Sosa

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    Status: Doubtful

    In all honesty, I don’t think Sammy Sosa should come close to making the Baseball Hall of Fame, because he wouldn’t have come close to the Hall without the steroids. Sosa was a 30-35 homer a year guy who broke out with 66, 63, 50, 64 and 49 after taking the ‘roids.

    He finished his career with an unbelievable 609 home runs and 1,667 RBIs, leading the league in each category twice. Sosa also had surprising good speed and went 30-30 twice, finishing his career with 234 stolen bases. Sosa made seven All-Star teams, won an MVP award and finished with MVP votes nine times.

    Because of the whole fallout with steroids, though, and how much the home run chase of ’98 scarred the game, Sosa won’t sniff the Hall.

Gary Sheffield

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    Status: Doubtful

    Gary Sheffield doesn’t really have a chance for the Hall of Fame for several main reasons: He was a jerk, he played for way too many teams and he was named in the Mitchell Report.

    He has 500 home runs and 250 stolen bases, and he hit double-digits of each in 14 different years. Sheffield is also a .292 career hitter who walked a ton, drawing 90 walks seven times. He made nine All-Star teams, finished in the top eight in MVP voting six times and was generally one of the more dominant power and speed guys in the game.

Jason Varitek

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    Status: Doubtful

    The argument for Jason Varitek: He’s a winner everywhere he goes. He’s the only player in baseball history to play in the Little League World Series championship game, the College World Series national championship game, the major league World Series, the Olympics and the World Baseball Classic.

    He led the Red Sox to two World Series titles and made three All-Star teams, although his career numbers just aren’t that of a HOF catcher: He hit just .256 with 193 home runs in 15 years. He never finished in the top 20 in MVP voting. He was pretty good defensively, having caught four no-hitters and won a Gold Glove.

    Varitek will get some votes because he was a symbol of the Boston Red Sox team that dethroned the New York Yankees, but he doesn’t deserve Cooperstown.

Julio Franco

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    Status: Doubtful

    Julio Franco will probably get some votes because he was a similar player to Jamie Moyer—he was a good player who played forever. Franco finished his career with 2,586 hits and a .298 batting average, and he hit .309 as a starter for the Atlanta Braves in 2004 at the age of 46. He hit .300 eight times, finished with close to 200 home runs and stole 281 bases.

    Franco played everywhere in the field—second base, first base, third base, shortstop and even corner outfield a little. Franco made three straight All-Star teams from 1989-’91, and he won’t make the Hall because he just wasn’t good enough, but he’ll get some votes.

Juan Gonzalez

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    Status: Doubtful

    Juan Gonzalez is a two-time MVP, he is in the top 40 all-time with 434 home runs, he was an RBI machine and he has a .561 career slugging percentage. That should be enough to get him in, but he won’t make it because he of the era he played in.

    Gonzalez has been linked heavily to steroids, although he never did them—just ask him. Gonzalez ranks fourth all-time in home runs per plate appearance, trailing just Mark McGwire, Babe Ruth and Sammy Sosa, although he’s just 15th in home runs per at-bat because he never walked. Gonzalez was extremely subpar defensively, and there’s nothing about him to make him stand out over the other greats of his era.

Jeff Kent

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    Status: Doubtful

    The case for Jeff Kent to make the Hall of Fame begins with his record 377 home runs from the second base position, his 1,518 career RBIs, 12 seasons of 20 or more home runs and his 2000 league MVP award.

    The case against Kent is that he was more of the consistent, not spectacular type, and I don’t know if that will put him in the Hall of Fame. I guess we’ll find out.

Luis Gonzalez

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    Status: Extremely Doubtful

    Luis Gonzalez will get some votes because he’s got some pretty impressive career numbers. He is one of just four players in major league history with at least 1,400 runs, 2,500 hits, 580 doubles, 350 home runs, 1,400 RBIs and 125 stolen bases.

    Gonzalez never topped 15 home runs from 1990 through 1997 and then broke out with 57 in 2001. He made five All-Star teams, but most of his career was marked by consistency, but certainly nothing spectacular—the average season for Gonzalez was .283 with 19 home runs, 76 RBIs and seven steals. There’s nothing Hall of Famer about that, and the fact that Gonzalez hit his home runs in the heat of the steroid era won’t put him in.

Brian Giles

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    Status: Extremely Doubtful

    Brian Giles had a pretty underrated career, finishing with nearly 300 home runs and a .287/.400/.502 slash line. The .400 on-base percentage is the most impressive part, and he got that by walking 100 times in a season five times and 80 walks nine times.

    Giles made two All-Star teams and never finished higher than the top eight in the league in MVP voting. Giles was extremely sub-par defensively and there’s really no reason for him to ever get higher than 10 percent of the voting for the Hall of Fame.

Garret Anderson

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    Status: Extremely Doubtful

    Garret Anderson had a pretty similar career to Bobby Abreu, except he didn’t walk nearly as much. Anderson is a .293 career hitter with 2,529 hits, 522 doubles, 287 home runs and 1,365 RBIs, which is terrific, but not Hall of Fame worthy for a left fielder in the home run and steroid era.

Troy Glaus

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    Status: Extremely Doubtful

    Troy Glaus’s best chance at the Hall of Fame stems from the fact that he played third base, the least represented position in Cooperstown.

    Glaus finished with 320 home runs in his major league career, hitting 40 twice, 30 five times and 20 eight times. He led the league in homers in 2000 (47) for the Anaheim Angels, and he made four All-Star teams.

    He was never dominant, though, earned MVP votes in just one season (finishing 30th) and finished with less-than-Hall worthy numbers: a .254 career batting average, 950 RBIs and a .119 adjusted OPS.

Kenny Lofton

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    Status: Extremely Doubtful

    Kenny Lofton was one of the premier leadoff hitters of his era, finishing with a near-.300 batting average, over 2,400 hits and 622 stolen bases.

    Lofton batted .300 nine times, topping out at .349 in 1994. He led the league in steals his first five full seasons in the majors and was one of the fastest men in the game, using his speed to cover enough ground in center field that he earned four Gold Gloves for defensive excellence.

    Lofton was a great player, but he won’t make the Hall simply because he just wasn’t good enough.

Javy Lopez

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    Status: Extremely Doubtful

    A catcher who could hit will get some votes, and Javy Lopez could really hit. He is a .287 career hitter with 260 home runs, having topped 20 six times and hit as many as 43 in a season.

    Lopez made three All-Star teams and he wasn’t too bad defensively, but he doesn’t match up to Hall of Famers like Mike Piazza or Ivan Rodriguez of the era.

Robin Ventura

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    Status: Extremely Doubtful

    Robin Ventura actually had pretty similar career numbers to Javy Lopez, except Ventura played third base and Lopez caught. Ventura finished with 294 home runs, 1,182 RBIs and over 1,000 walks. He had good plate discipline and posted a .806 lifetime OPS, but like Lopez, that just won’t get him into the Hall of Fame, even though Ventura also won six Gold Gloves and played in two World Series.

Shawn Green

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    Status: Extremely Doubtful

    Shawn Green had a pretty good major league career, hitting over 325 home runs and accumulating over 1,000 RBIs. He also stole 162 bases, including four 20-20 seasons. Green finished in the top 10 in the league in MVP voting three times, but he made just two All-Star teams, and his numbers won’t stand out over any other outfielder.

Magglio Ordonez

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    Status: Extremely Doubtful

    Magglio Ordonez had a pretty solid career for the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers, hitting .309 over 15 years, including 10 seasons of .300.

    Ordonez hit nearly 300 home runs, driving in 1,236 runs and stealing close to 100 bases. Ordonez actually made six All-Star teams—a fine number—but he won’t make the Hall simply because he just isn’t good enough.

Jason Kendall

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    Status: Extremely Doubtful

    Jason Kendall was a rare breed of a catcher who batted leadoff and stole a ton of bases. He finished his 15-year career with a .288 batting average and nearly 2,200 hits, topping .300 six times.

    Kendall made three All-Star teams and was pretty solid defensively, leading the league in games played behind the plate eight times, assists and caught stealing five times, putouts four times and range factor once, although he did lead the league in errors four times.

    Kendall will definitely get some votes, but he won’t make the Hall.

Nomar Garciaparra

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    Status: Extremely Doubtful

    After seven seasons, Nomar Garciaparra was a .323 career hitter with a .555 slugging percentage, and he was averaging 22 home runs and 10 steals per season from the shortstop position. That means he was well on his way to the Hall of Fame, but then he really struggled with injuries for the second part of his career.

    Garciaparra did win two batting titles, he made six All-Star teams despite playing the same position in the same league as Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter and he was a good defensive player. He won’t make the Hall, though, because he just didn’t stay healthy enough.

Moises Alou

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    Status: Extremely Doubtful

    Moises Alou comes from a highly successful family of baseball players, and he put up a very good career himself. Alou hit .303 in 17 years, topping .300 seven times, and he finished with 332 home runs. He’s one of just 11 players in history with a .300 batting average, 300 home runs and 100 steals in his career.

    A look at the other players on that list—Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, George Brett—show Alou isn’t quite up to their caliber, and he won’t join them in Cooperstown.

Edgar Renteria

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    Status: Doubtful

    Edgar Renteria is one of just four shortstops in major league history with 2,300 hits, 140 home runs and 280 stolen bases. He’s also made five All-Star teams, won two Gold Gloves and earned MVP votes twice.

    Renteria seemed to always be on a postseason team, as he played a key role on the 1997 Florida Marlins and the 2010 San Francisco Giants, winning the World Series MVP award in ’10 when he hit .412 with two home runs and a .765 slugging percentage in six games.

    Renteria probably wasn’t a dominant enough offensive or defensive player to make it—especially since he played in the same era as guys like Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Nomar Garciaparra and Miguel Tejada—but he did have a very fine career.

Ray Durham

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    Status: Extremely Doubtful

    Ray Durham is a doubtful for the Hall of Fame, but he enjoyed a very solid offensive career with the Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants.

    Durham collected over 2,000 career hits, hit 192 home runs with 273 stolen bases and played a tough defensive position at second base. Durham won’t make the Hall because he wasn’t good enough—he never hit .300, he only hit more than 20 home runs once and he never drove in 100 runs.

Steve Finley

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    Status: Extremely Doubtful

    The case for Steve Finley being in the Hall of Fame because he hit 300 home runs and stole 300 bases doesn’t help him because Reggie Sanders is in that club. Finley was a great all-around player, though, and he’s one of two players in history with 300 home runs, 300 steals and 120 triples—Willie Mays is the other.

    Mays had a lot more going for him, though, and while Finley has over 2,500 hits and he’s won five Gold Gloves, he’s not going to make the Hall of Fame by virtue of his .271 lifetime batting average, his 104 adjusted OPS and just two All-Star appearances.