No matter where free agency takes Albert Pujols, he will eventually go into the baseball Hall of Fame in a St. Louis Cardinals cap.
In his 11 years with St. Louis, he has never finished with an OPS shy of .900, never finished worse than ninth in MVP voting and has amassed more than 2,000 hits and 440-plus home runs.
Pujols is a first-ballot Hall of Famer at this moment. He need not take another swing. He will represent the Cardinals in the Hall sometime in the next 15 years.
Here's an interesting question, though—will Pujols be the next Cardinal to reach Cooperstown? For that matter, who will be the next man enshrined for each big-league franchise?
It's a fun little question, however tough to answer, so let's endeavor to find some answers.
Keep an eye out for the Cardinal who will beat Pujols to the Hall as you peruse these predictions of the next player who will merit that honor for every team in baseball.