I'll probably have to make more changes, but here are some I would make today:
- C.C. Sabathia, Felix Hernandez, Troy Tulowitzki, Robinson Cano and Evan Longoria are On Track for Eventual Induction.
- Tim Lincecum, Ryan Braun, Miguel Cabrera and Chase Utley are now future First Balloters.
- Zack Greinke, Pablo Sandoval, Brian McCann, Andre Ethier, Justin Verlander and Adam Wainwright are On track to be in the discussion.
Surefire, first-ballot Hall of Famer if they retired today:
Ken Griffey Jr.
Recently retired (or seemingly retired), surefire first-ballot:
Surefire first-ballot, have not reached requisite 10 years service time in Majors (but are close):
Could retire today, but likely not first-ballot, will make it eventually:
Chipper Jones (will become First Ballot with a few more good years; signed with Braves through 2012)
Future first-ballot, only injuries will derail them:
Could retire today, prompt debates (need a few more good years), could be a struggle:
Recently retired, will prompt debates, not first ballot, but will eventually make it:
On track for eventual induction:
Roy Oswalt (hinted at early retirement)
On track to be in the discussion:
Once looked like a lock, still young enough to end up in discussion, but likely out:
Might have support, but probably not enough:
Need a few more years to have a shot:
Will likely retire with monster numbers and not make it:
Great numbers, but overlooked during playing career, might not bode well for induction:
Better chance than you might think, need to reach milestones, how badly do they want it?
Lance Berkman (33 years old, 1016 RBI, 16th all-time in OPS)
Johnny Damon (hinted at retirement before, but has 2382 hits and is only 35)
Mark Buehrle (high ERA, but only 30 with 133 wins, perfect game, no hitter, also hinted at early retirement)
Michael Young (late bloomer, 33, hitting machine: 1628 hits, 5 straight 200 hit seasons 2003-2007)
Joe Nathan (utter dominance could overcome late start, 34, 228 SV, 1.81 ERA as a closer; needs to maintain dominance and get 350 SV; tall order, but not impossible)
Hall of Fame talent, but inconsistencies and/or injuries are a major issue:
Hall of Fame talent, good track record, still very early:
Seems to have Hall of Fame talent, still really young:
Great talent, intriguing player, still an enigma:
Had the talent, didn't find it until it was too late:
Too late, will not make it, despite impressive numbers: