After I mostly checked out from baseball after the 1994 strike, I've only recently found out how the careers of some of the players I used to watch ended up. While it would have been unbelievable in 1987 that Don Mattingly wouldn't make the Hall, if you look at his career numbers, it makes sense that he's not in.
|A very beat-up 1982 Topps Harold Baines.|
How many players have ever made 1600+ RBI, 350+ home runs, and 2500+ hits? By my count, the answer is 27. Of these, 19 (including Baines) have made the Hall, 3 are active players, and there are 5 others. Here are the groupings:
Hall of Fame: Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Stan Musial, Jimmie Foxx, Eddie Murray, Willie Mays, Mel Ott, Carl Yastrzemski, Ted Williams, Ken Griffey, Jr., Dave Winfield, Frank Robinson, Reggie Jackson, Cal Ripken, Jr., Tony Perez, Ernie Banks, Harold Baines, and Chipper Jones.
Active players: Albert Pujols, Adrian Beltre, Miguel Cabrera.
Others: Alex Rodriguez (not yet eligible), Barry Bonds (tainted by steroids), Rafael Palmeiro (tainted by steroids), Manny Ramirez (still on the ballot), Gary Sheffield (tainted by steroids).
Side note: the last two cards here were cards I bought at COMC sometime in the past year, while the first three have been in my collection for decades. Does anyone know what Stuart, of the Stuart Super Stars card, was?
I understand the arguments against; your mileage may vary. Thanks for reading!