The Hall of Fame is the pinnacle of baseball success. Every player dreams of the day he is inducted into baseball greatness. For the most part, the magic surrounding a players career is enough to merit their entrance into the Hall. However, some fly under the radar, and are more deserving than you might think.
The first player is the 33-year-old Edgar Renteria. With 2,229 hits, he becomes one of just three active players with over 2,200 hits through age 33. The other two players are Jeter and Rodriguez, sure inductees into the Hall.
Renteria is just the 35th player in Major League Baseball history to accomplish that feat. Of the 32 non-active players to also accomplish that feat, 28 of them made the Hall of Fame. One of the four to not make it into the Hall of Fame is Pete Rose who was banned from the game of baseball for life and thus cannot be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
At 31 years old, Adrian Beltre has 1,805 hits. He is just the 58th player in MLB history to do that. Of the 51 non-active on that list, 37 of them made it to the Hall of Fame. Again, Pete Rose is one of the 14 to not get inducted.
Six other recently active players have also accomplished that goal. Ken Griffey Jr., Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez and Ivan Rodriguez also had 1,800 or more hits through age 31.
Just a few days ago, Robinson Cano became the 138th player in MLB history to get 1,000 hits through age 27. Of the 120 non-active players to also do that, 52 of them made the Hall of Fame.
Throw in his career home run value of over 100 and his career batting average of over .300, and he becomes on of just 28 players to do that in MLB history. Of the 20 non-active to also accomplish that, 16 of them made the Hall of Fame.
At age 38 and at the end of his career, it isn't as difficult to find a spot for Jorge Posada in the Hall of Fame. He is one of just eight catchers in the history of the game to have over 250 home runs, 1,500 hits and 1,000 RBIs. The other seven are Ivan Rodriguez, Carlton Fisk, Yogi Berra, Mike Piazza, Lance Parrish, Gary Carter and Johnny Bench. Enough said.
At Damon's current rate, he is on pace to have well over 3,000 hits in his career. Every eligible player with 3,000 hits has been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
He is just the 44th player in history to have 2,500 hits through age 36 and 34 of them made the Hall of Fame. He is also one of just 33 players to record more than 2,500 hits and over 750 extra-base hits through age 36. Not even Derek Jeter -- a sure lock for the Hall -- accomplished that.