Two current Dodgers with above-average careers who will most likely not make it are third baseman Casey Blake and shortstop Rafael Furcal.
Both players are beloved by fans in L.A. and around the league, but they may barely miss the mark.
Third base has always been known as a power corner, and a third-bagger must be able to drive in runs via the long ball. Blake is just not that guy.
However, Blake plays with heart, sound defense and a reliable bat. He is a veteran leader who can provide insight to young players while maintaining chemistry in the clubhouse. There is no doubt when Blake's career is over, we will look back on it and view it as successful, but probably not Hall-worthy.
Most legendary lead-off hitters to date are known not only for their ability to get on base, but also to steal bases. Furcal has enjoyed years of success at the lead-off position, but he may not have the numbers to make it to Cooperstown.
Leadoff legends, former Dodger Ricky Henderson and Dodger great Maury Wills, each stole over 500 bases in their careers, yet Furcal has only 287 in 10 seasons.
Wills only played 13 Major League seasons, but he had nearly double the number of stolen bases as Furcal.
It may be unfair to compare Furcal's stolen bases to Henderson's, since Henderson spent 24 years in the majors, but Henderson averaged 58 stolen bases a season with a a .401 on-base percentage.
Furcal is just at 29 stolen bases a season with a .352 on-base percentage. There is no question the game of baseball has evolved. Pitchers, catchers and coaches are constantly developing new ways to keep baserunners from advancing.
Today's game requires much more skill, and Furcal has had a great career, but he will likely just miss the cut and may not have many years remaining in his career. Furcal is a great player but may not make it to the Hall of Fame. It's a shame, but it may be a reality.