Sunday, February 21, 2010

Johnny Damon: Hall of Famer?


New Tigers OF Johnny Damon isn't what most people would think of as a surefire Hall of Famer, and he probably won't have a real shot without 3,000 hits (he's currently at 2425).  He's 36, so that's a possibility, if he stays healthy for a few more years.  Impressively, he currently is at 1483 runs scored, and the 1500 runs scored club is very exclusive.

There were 38 players who retired before 2005 (and therefore eligible for Hall of Came consideration) with 1500 runs scored.

Elected to the Hall (35 of 38):
Rickey Henderson, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Lou Gehrig, Stan Musial, Dave Winfield, Jimmie Foxx, Mike Schmidt, Ted Williams, Yaz, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Charlie Gehringer, Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray, Al Kaline, Eddie Collins, Rogers Hornsby, George Brett, Mickey Mantle, Mel Ott, Sam Rice, Eddie Mathews, Wade Boggs, Al Simmons, Frankie Frisch, Reggie Jackson, Max Carey, Lou Brock, Paul Waner, Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Tris Speaker, Joe Morgan

Not Elected (3 out of 38)
Tim Raines (eligible since 2008, received 30% in 2010)
Roberto Alomar (barely missed being elected this year, his first year of eligibility with 73.7%)
Pete Rose (not eligible)

Retired with 1500 Runs since 2004
Jeff Bagwell
Barry Bonds
Kenny Lofton
Rafael Palmeiro
Craig Biggio

Active Players with 1500 R
Manny Ramirez
Gary Sheffield
Ken Griffey, Jr.
Alex Rodriguez
Derek Jeter

Increase it to 1600 runs scored (which Damon has a good chance at), the list drops to 26 players that retired before 2005.  Of those 26, 25 are in the Hall of Fame, and 1 (Pete Rose) is not.  If Damon gets to 1600 career runs scored, I think he should be a Hall of Famer even if he fails to get 3000 hits.

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