15 Surefire Hall of Famers in the Game of Baseball Today

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15 Surefire Hall of Famers in the Game of Baseball Today
Mariano Rivera plans to retire in 2013. As baseball's all-time saves leader, he'll make it to the Hall of Fame. AP Photo/Matt Slocum

MLB icons can't evaluate their baseball careers objectively until after retirement, but we sure can. Barring debilitating injuries, scandals or abrupt deterioration of skill, these accomplished individuals will eventually call themselves Hall of Famers.

First-ballot inductees are a very rare breed. Future members of that fraternity were identified as such.

And keep in mind that this sport wouldn't survive without innovative coaches, umpires and executives. Many were considered for inclusion and, as you'll read, several are undoubtedly Cooperstown-bound.

This is intended to be an exhaustive list of awesome figures who are actively involved in Major League Baseball or another professional circuit. To satisfy eligibility requirements, players must have totaled at least 10 seasons in the big leagues.

Please comment below if it appears that anybody meeting this criteria was snubbed.

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