The odds of getting into baseball's Hall of Fame are pretty long.
According to Baseball Almanac, 17,742 players have made an appearance in the majors. Only 208 of those players have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame, representing just 1.17 percent of the total number of players since 1876.
Only the best of the best make it.
The average career for an MLB player is 5.6 years. One of the rules of eligibility for inclusion in the Hall of Fame is that a player has to have played at least 10 years. That only makes them eligible—it's not even close to guaranteeing election.
So, just what does that mean for the best of the best in MLB that are still active?
Last week, I wrote an article ranking the top 100 players in MLB today.
We'll take a look at the top 50 players from that list and give an estimate as to their odds for Hall of Fame induction.