Future Hall of Fame Outfielders – American League

Future Hall of Fame Baseball Player Series:

  1. First Basemen
  2. Second Basemen
  3. Shortstops
  4. Third Basemen
  5. Outfielders – American League
  6. Outfielders – National League
  7. Catchers
  8. Starting Pitchers
  9. Closers

Since there are so many potential future Hall of Fame outfielders, I decided to divide them into two lists – current National League and current American League outfielders. Here are the candidates currently in the American League. Surprisingly, I don’t think there are any current “no doubt” Hall of Fame outfielders in the American league.

Really Good Chance

  • Manny Ramirez

Manny is virtually a done deal, and he could probably retire today and have about a 95% chance of making it to the Hall. I think there’s still just a bit of room for debate with him. His offensive numbers are impressive though – 489 home runs, 1,595 RBI, 1,327 runs scored, .313 batting average, and a .594 slugging percentage. He’s been the model of consistency by having at least 30 homers and 100 RBI in 11 of the last 12 seasons. At 35 years old, he’s likely to play a few more seasons, and really pad those stats.

  • Sammy Sosa

Sosa would probably be a lock for the Hall if it weren’t for his steroids suspicions and the corked bat incident. He’s basically a power hitter, and not much else, but his power numbers are impressive. 604 home runs, 1,647 RBI, and 1,465 runs scored would generally guarantee your place in Cooperstown, but I’ve got a feeling he may share the same fate as Mark McGwire. We’ll just have to wait and see.

  • Vladimir Guerrero

Like Manny Ramirez, Guerrero has been the model of consistency throughout his career. At age 31, he’s still probably got several productive seasons in him, so his final numbers should be awesome. Here are highlights of his career stats: 1,924 hits, 356 home runs, 1,144 RBI, 1,017 runs scored, and a .324 batting average.

  • Ichiro Suzuki

Usually, when players get a late start to their MLB career, they don’t stand much of a chance at making the Hall. Not so in Ichiro’s case. He didn’t play his first major league game until he was 27, yet he has managed to gather over 1,500 hits and 250 stolen bases by age 33. He shows no signs of slowing down yet, so he’s got a real shot at reaching 2,500+ hits and close to 500 stolen bases, as well as a .330+ batting average.

  • Gary Sheffield

Sheffield is another guy that could be hurt by steroids suspicions, but I think his numbers are impressive enough to get him in the Hall. Right now he’s got 479 home runs, over 1,500 RBI and runs scored, 2,500 hits, a .297 batting average, and 238 stolen bases. He’s 38 years old, so he probably won’t play more than a couple of more years. But, if he plays a couple of more years, he’ll probably be around 550 homers, 1,700 RBI and runs, and not be too far from 3,000 hits. That should be plenty to get him into the Hall, even with some off the field issues.

50/50 Chance

  • Magglio Ordonez

A couple of yeas ago when Ordonez was injured, I would have said there was no way he could make it to the Hall, but he’s really come back strong from those injuries. Right now he’s at 1,595 hits, 241 home runs, 962 RBI, and a career batting average of .310. He’s having a career year in 2007, so if he can avoid the injury bug and can play anywhere near as well as he is this season, he’s got a real shot at putting up Hall-worthy numbers.

Iffy at Best

  • Bobby Abreu

Abreu’s numbers are pretty similar to Ordonez’s, and he’s also 33 years old. Abreu actually has more hits, runs, and stolen bases than Ordonez, but I don’t like his chances of making it as much as Magglio’s. The reason being that Abreu is starting to see a drop off in his numbers while Magglio is playing better than ever. Right now Abreu has 1,722 hits, 218 home runs, 964 RBI, 1,039 runs, 286 stolen bases, and a .301 batting average. These are very nice numbers, but with the decline in power, speed and batting average he’s experienced, its looking like he’ll end up with very nice numbers that just aren’t quite worthy of the Hall of Fame.

  • Garrett Anderson

Anderson looks like even a longer shot than Abreu. He’s got 2,154 hits, 247 home runs, 1,164 RBI, and a .296 batting average. Very good numbers, but at 35 years old, it’ll be tough for him to reach a major milestone number like 3,000 hits. He’s also missing more and more games due to injury, and he hasn’t had 20 home runs or 100 RBI in a season since 2003. Ultimately, the lack of any numbers that really jump out at you will almost certainly keep Anderson from the Hall.

  • Johnny Damon

Damon is another guy who’s put up good numbers, but who has done nothing that makes you think he should be considered for the Hall. He’s got 2,057 hits, 1,258 runs, and 326 stolen bases, but those are really the only numbers that jump out at you. He’s 34 years old, and his numbers are definitely declining, so he’ll likely end up short of what’s needed.

Too Early to Tell

  • Carl Crawford

Carl Crawford is one of the best young outfielders in the majors right now. He just turned 26 years old, but he’s already got nearly 1,000 hits. Most impressive though are his speed numbers. He’s got over 250 stolen bases and has led the American League in steals 3 of the last 4 years, and is leading this season as well. He’s also already got 74 career triples, and has led the American League in that category the last 3 years. If he can play 10 more years at a fairly high level, there’s a good chance he could finish with 600+ stolen bases, 150-200 triples, and close to 3,000 hits. He’s an exciting young player, so let’s hope he can keep it up.

Close but no Cigar

  • Jermaine Dye

Dye is the first American League outfielder that comes to mind as having a really nice career, but has no chance of making it to the Hall of Fame. His 260 homers and 800+ RBI and runs are good, but at 33 years old, there’s virtually no way he could boost those numbers enough to get into the conversation.

Three other guys almost made the “close but no cigar” category – Darin Erstad, Torii Hunter, and Hideki Matsui – but I thought their numbers were even less impressive than Dye’s. Also, Grady Sizemore and Vernon Wells are a couple of other young outfielders that might work their way into the conversation, but Crawford is clearly the best of that group right now.


Amateur by Lasse Gjertsen – Another must see video

My brother brought this video to my attention, and I can’t get the tune/beat out of my mind. In the video, Gjertsen just edits together a bunch of single drum beats and notes on the piano into a really cool sounding song. And keep in mind while you watch that he doesn’t know how to play the piano or the drums. This is my current favorite youtube video.

First single from new Alter Bridge album

Alter Bridge will be releasing their second album, “Blackbird”, on October 9, 2007. If you don’t know who Alter Bridge is, the band consists of three former members of Creed – Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall, and Scott Phillips – along with Myles Kennedy on vocals. The first album was great, and I’m hoping for the best from the second. If the first song, “Rise Today”, is any indication then we are in for a treat. Take a listen to “Rise Today” below.

Is this the funniest video ever? OJ Simpson gets pranked!

OJ Simpson recently agreed to an online interview with Market News First (MN1.com) that would involve him fielding live calls. As you might expect, there were a few jokers that took advantage of the opportunity. The first two calls are really genius. My favorite is the second one. Enjoy the hilarity!

Future Hall of Fame Catchers

Future Hall of Fame Baseball Player Series:

  1. First Basemen
  2. Second Basemen
  3. Shortstops
  4. Third Basemen
  5. Outfielders – American League
  6. Outfielders – National League
  7. Catchers
  8. Starting Pitchers
  9. Closers

There aren’t a lot of catchers in the Hall of Fame right now (only 13), and there are only two active catchers who are considered locks to eventually get there – Mike Piazza and Ivan Rodriguez. Other than those two, there are three young catchers – Joe Mauer, Victor Martinez, and Brian McCann – that have had good starts to their careers, but are not far enough along to be considered at this point.

No Doubters

  • Mike Piazza

When compared to the 13 catchers that are currently in the hall of fame, Piazza’s numbers are extremely impressive. Here are some of his stats with where he ranks among all Hall of Fame catchers in parentheses:

  • Hits – 2,088 (4th)
  • Home Runs – 422 (1st)
  • RBI – 1,311 (4th)
  • Runs – 1,033 (6th)
  • Batting Average – .309 (3rd)
  • Slugging Percentage – .548 (1st)

Piazza is a 12 time All-Star, and was also National League Rookie of the Year in 1993. He was never a great defensive catcher, but his offensive statistics clearly put him among the top catchers of all time.

  • Ivan Rodriguez

Rodriguez’s offensive numbers also compare very favorably to those catchers currently in the Hall of Fame. Here are some of his key stats with his rank among Hall of Fame catchers in parentheses:

  • Hits – 2,454 (1st)
  • Home Runs – 286 (5th)
  • RBI – 1,168 (7th)
  • Runs – 1,195 (2nd)
  • Batting Average – .303 (4th)
  • Slugging Percentage – .481 (5th)
  • Doubles – 494 (1st)

His offensive numbers are definitely good enough to get him into the Hall, and on top of that, he’s one of the best defensive catchers ever, having been awarded 12 Gold Glove awards. He’s also been an All-Star 14 times, and was voted American League MVP in 1999.

Close but no Cigar

  • Jason Kendall

Kendall is a guy who has a lot of hits (1,809), and a pretty good batting average (.297), but his almost complete lack of power numbers should prevent him from ever really being considered for the Hall of Fame. 70 career home runs and 599 RBI’s are really way too low for him to be put up there with the other great catchers in baseball history.

While we wait for 1-18-08, perhaps Dragon Wars will suffice

A couple of months ago, a teaser trailer for a movie called D-War was released. The movie, now titled Dragon Wars, is directed by Shim Hyung-rae, from Korea. Based on that teaser trailer, it looked like the movie was going to be a Korean film, and would have to be subtitled for American audiences. But after watching the new trailer that is out now, it’s clear that the movie was filmed in English and is ready to roll for a 9/14/07 release date. It looks like the movie could be full of cheese and cliche, but it does look like it could be fun for those of us who love monster movies. You can also check out the trailer at the official Dragon Wars website.

Dragon Wars Poster

Thanks to firstshowing.net for the poster image.

Still no title for 1-18-08/Cloverfield

Well, JJ Abrams made his schedulded appearance at Comic Con today about 1-18-08.  He gave us very little info, but here’s a quote from the man himself:

“I want a monster movie, I’ve wanted one for so long. I was in Japan with my son and all he wanted to do is go to toy stores. And we saw all these Godzilla toys, and I thought, we need our own monster, and not King Kong, King Kong’s adorable. I wanted something that was just insane and intense. It’s almost done shooting and I watch dailies and I’m more excited for them than the trailer, which has had an overwhelming response. We have 6 months before this comes out. We’re going to have a whole bunch of things, a whole bunch more.” He said a full trailer, more clips, full posters, and much more will be coming out over the next 6 monts, including the name, which he will NOT reveal today.

“You think we’d call it Monstrous? No…”

A couple of days ago, this image of a movie poster was leaked:

Monstrous Poster

Well, today this official poster was released:

 1-18-08 official poster

Its the exact same thing, minus the word “Monstrous”.  Looks like JJ Abrams was a little upset that his poster got leaked, so he’s just denying that “Monstrous” is the title and will now change it.  Or, maybe “Monstrous” is just meant as a tag line for the movie.  Or, maybe the word “Monstrous” was just photoshopped onto the original movie poster.

Regardless, the fact remains that we learned very little about the upcoming movie today.  I guess we’ll just have to continue to wait for now.  Thanks to the guys over at firstshowing.net and their coverage of Comic Con 2007.