#3 – Scott Rolen: Rolen was a big bodied third basemen, a great hitter in his prime, and played very good defense too. He spent his years in Philadelphia, St.Louis, and finished in 2012 with Cincinnati. He won Rookie of the Year; he also made it to 7 All Star games, and 8 gold glove awards. He won one World Series in 2006 with the Cardinals. Rolen also hit over 300 home runs in his career, 500 plus doubles, and 1200 plus runs batted in. His case for the Hall of Fame makes sense for the new school stats like WAR.
Will Rolen make it in 2018?
Prediction: Maybe, it’s tough because his case is intriguing.
#4 – Andruw Jones: People can make very good cases for Jones. He spent 16 seasons in the MLB, with 5 different clubs: The Braves, Dodgers, Rangers, White Sox, and Yankees. He had nine gold gloves in his first 10 full seasons, but fell apart in his last six seasons. He did still end up with over 400 home runs, and over 1,200 runs and RBIs, however. His years with the Dodgers did not help his case, but his case overall is better than people would expect because he was so good in the ATL.
Will Andruw Jones get in?
Prediction: Possibly, it will be interesting to see how the writers view his case.
#5 – Omar Vizquel: Vizquel played until he was 45, which is crazy for a position player. He was great in his prime, which makes his case so intriguing. He spent 20 of his 24 seasons in the American League and 4 of them in the National League. (AL teams: CLE, SEA, CHW, TEX, and TOR) (NL Team: SFG). His main team was Cleveland, where he spent 11 seasons and had great stats while playing there. A fantastic all-around defender, he won 11 gold gloves, and appeared in 3 All-Star games. He didn’t have crazy offensive numbers, which could be why he only made it to three All-Star games. Take a look at this stat comparison with fellow shortstop and great defender Ozzie Smith from CBS Sports that I digged up:
Smith: .262/.337/.328, 87 OPS+, 2,460 H, 1,257 R, 402 2B, 580 SB
Vizquel: .272/.336/.352, 82 OPS+, 2,877 H, 1,445 R, 456 2B, 404 SB
Will Omar get in the HOF on his first try?
Prediction: Potentially, because of his slash line and defensive ability, however it’ll be interesting to see how the voters view him.