What #MLB active players are rounding the bases, headed for Cooperstown?

I want to premise this article by saying this. Anything is possible in the game of baseball, it is a game of failure. Injuries can derail any one of the players who are about to have their name listed here. Also I would like to set the parameters. I only considered active players (we all know Jeter and Mariano are HOF worthy), players were only considered if they turned 30 by the end of 2015, I evaluated numbers only-meaning I did not take proven or speculated PED use in my consideration. I understand that some of you can’t stand the thought of A-Rod being a HOF worthy player, however if you just look at numbers it is quite undeniable. I will probably back this article up with one describing how the PED era was one of the most over-covered and ridiculous acts we’ve seen in modern sports media. That being said here is the list, the players are going to be listed in chronological order of their age and the numbers you see are projected based on what they’ve done up to this point until the age of 40. Forty seemed like a good round number. I am going to list the position players first, then we will finish with the pitchers.

Position Players: There are numbers that a player can reach and in my belief guarantees them into Cooperstown. Some players have multiple milestone numbers they hit and some may only hit 1 number. 3000 hits (only 29 players in MLB history have amasses this many hits). 500 doubles (only 58 players in MLB history have amassed this many doubles). 100 triples (only 161 players in MLB history have amassed this many triples). 500 home runs (only 26 players in MLB history have amassed this many home runs). 1500 Runs Batted In (only 53 players in MLB history have amassed this many RBI’s). 1000 Walks (only 116 players in MLB history have amassed this many walks). 500 Stolen Bases (only 37 players in MLB history have amassed this many stolen bases). 4000 Total Bases (only 88 players in MLB history have amassed this many total bases). This list will contain MVP’s, I will also include Silver Sluggers for players that have those. For those players who not only excel at the plate but in the field as well I am going to include fielding awards as well. Note: MVP, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove/Fielding Bible awards, etc. are current stats-I could not come up with a way to project those in fairness to all the great players in the Show.

All stats taken from http://www.baseball-reference.com

Ichiro Suzuki

Age: 42-HOF numbers: 10x Gold Glove, 3x Silver Slugger, 1x AL MVP, Closing in on 3,000 hits and 500 stolen bases

Torii Hunter

Age 40-HOF numbers: 9x Gold Glove, 4040 total bases

Alex Rodriguez

Age: 40-HOF numbers: 10x Silver Slugger, 3x AL MVP, 2x Gold Glove, 3046 hits , 537 doubles, 680 homers, 2038 rbi , 1306 walks, 5685 total bases

David Ortiz

Age: 39-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 6x Silver Slugger, 601 doubles, 518 homers, 1693 rbi, 1288 walks, 4582 total bases

Carlos Beltran

Age 39-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 3x Gold Glove, 2x Silver Slugger, 551 doubles, 1578 rbi, 1112 walks, 4692 total bases

Jimmy Rollins

Age 37-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 4x Gold Glove, 1x Sliver Slugger, 594 doubles, 134 triples, 549 stolen bases, 4529 total bases

Adrian Beltre

Age 36-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 4x Fielding Bible, 4x Gold Glove, 4x Sliver Slugger, 3317 hits, 670 doubles, 1739 rbi, 5559 total bases

Ryan Howard

Age 36-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 1x NL MVP, 1x Silver Slugger, 1500 rbi

Albert Pujols

Age 35-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 6x Silver Slugger, 3x NL MVP, 2x Gold Glove, 3512 hits, 768 doubles, 737 homers, 2231 rbi, 1533 walks, 6535 total bases

Mark Teixiera

Age 35-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 5x Gold Glove, 3x Silver Slugger, 543 doubles, 546 homers, 1736 rbi, 1206 walks, 4698 total bases

Matt Holliday

Age 35-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 4x Silver Slugger, 602 doubles, 1540 rbi, 1004 walks, 4546 total bases

Carl Crawford

Age 34-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 1x Gold Glove, 1x Silver Slugger, 173 triples, 676 stolen bases, 4057 total bases

Curtis Granderson

Age 34-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 1x Silver Slugger, 125 triples

Ian Kinsler

Age 33-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 1x Defensive Player of the Year (2B), 546 doubles, 4100 total bases

Robinson Cano

Age 33-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 5x Silver Slugger, 2x Gold Glove, 3215 hits, 722 doubles, 1568 rbi, 5173 total bases

Adrian Gonzalez

Age 33-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 4x Gold Glove, 2x Silver Slugger, 1x Fielding Bible, 599 doubles, 1645 rbi, 1078 walks, 4785 total bases

Yadier Molina

Age 33-HOF numbers: Yadier Molina does not have HOF hitting numbers, however this is what he has accomplished: 7x Gold Glove, 6x Fielding Bible, 3x Platinum Glove, 1x Silver Slugger

Jhonny Peralta

Age 33-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 549 doubles, 4043 total bases

Miguel Cabrera

Age 32-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 5x Silver Slugger, 2x AL MVP, 1x Triple Crown, 3712 hits, 787 doubles, 656 homers, 2307 rbi, 1486 walks, 6518 total bases

Joe Mauer

Age 32-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 5x Silver Slugger, 3x Gold Glove, 1x AL MVP, 552 doubles, 1202 walks

Joey Votto

Age 32-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 1x Gold Glove, 1x NL MVP, 512 doubles, 1339 walks

Jose Reyes

Age 32-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 1x Silver Slugger, 3032 hits, 540 doubles, 186 triples, 766 stolen bases, 4510 total bases

Ryan Braun

Age 32-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 5x Silver Slugger, 1x NL MVP, 548 doubles, 1577 rbi, 4792 total bases

Hunter Pence

Age 32-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 4420 total bases

Dustin Pedroia

Age 32-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 4x Gold Glove, 3x Fielding Bible, 1x AL MVP, 603 doubles

Hanley Ramirez

Age 31-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 2x Silver Slugger, 571 doubles, 4560 total bases

Pitchers: There are numbers that a player can reach and in my belief guarantees them into Cooperstown. 3000 strikeouts (only 16 players in MLB history have amassed this many strikeouts). 500 saves (only 2 players in MLB history have amassed this many saves). This list will include Cy Young Awards, Delivery Man of the Year Awards (now known as the Mariano Rivera Award (AL) and Trevor Hoffman Award (NL), Gold Glove Awards, and any other awards applicable to the art of Pitching. As mentioned above these awards will be current as I could not come up with a way to adequately predict who will win what award with respect for all the great hurlers we see in the Show.

Jonathan Papelbon

Age 35-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 1x Mariano Rivera, 502 saves,

Francisco Rodriguez

Age 33-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 2x Mariano Rivera, MLB single season saves record holder (62), 567 saves

Justin Verlander

Age 32-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 3x strikeout champion, 2x AL wins champion, 1x AL triple crown, 2x no-hitter, 1x AL MVP, 1x Cy Young, 3268 strikeouts

Huston Street

Age 32-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 525 saves

Zack Greinke

Age 32-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 1x MLB era leader, 1x AL Cy Young, 1x Gold Glove, 1x Silver Slugger, 3070 strikeouts

Jon Lester

Age 31-HOF numbers (projected to age 40): 1x no-hitter, 3070 strikeouts

I must reiterate that any of these projections could be altered year to year, anything can happen and if I have left any player you feel is worthy of consideration please let me know.

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