Are Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout already Baseball Hall of Famers?
With Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina retired and we hope drinking pina coladas on an island beach, here are the 5 active players who have already accomplished enough in their careers to warrant inclusion in the Hall of Fame.
*Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers: Has won three Cy Young awards, one MVP, been on nine All-Star teams and has a winning percentage of .694, which is fifth-best in history.
*Mike Trout, Angels: Three MVP awards, Rookie of the Year, 10 All-Star teams and twice All-Star MVP.
*Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: Two MVP awards, three batting titles, 11-time All-Star, 507 home runs, 3,088 hits.
*Max Scherzer, Mets: Three Cy Young awards, eight-time All-Star, 201 wins, 3,193 strikeouts.
*Justin Verlander, Mets: Three Cy Young awards, nine-time All-Star, one MVP, 244 wins, 3,198 strikeouts.
If you’re counting that’s seven MVPs and nine Cy Youngs!
5 more good bets
*Nolan Arenado, Cardinals: Ten straight Gold Gloves at third base, seven-time All-Star, seven seasons with 100 RBIs and finished in top 10 for MVP six times. No guarantee: Andruw Jones won 10 Gold Gloves and is not in the Hall,
*Bryce Harper, Phillies: Two MVP awards, six All-Star selections. No guarantee: Dale Murphy is among those who won two MVPs and are not in the Hall.
*Jose Altuve, Astros: MVP, nine All-Star teams, three batting titles. No guarantee: Bill Madlock won four batting titles and is not in the Hall.
*Aaron Judge, Yankees: Monster 2022 season (62 home runs, 131 RBIs) moved him into consideration. No guarantee: Roger Maris held the single-season home run record of 61 for 37 years and is not in the Hall,
*Freddie Freeman, Dodgers: MVP, six All-Star teams. Steadiest player in the game. No guarantee: Steve Garvey was as steady as anyone and is not in the Hall.
5 veteran players who may come up short
*Joey Votto, Reds
*Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
*Zack Greinke, Astros
*Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees
*Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
5 things to know about Cooperstown
*Located in central New York, it has a population of 1,853.
*The town was founded in the late 18th century by William Cooper, father of the author James Fenimore Cooper.
*Civil War hero Abner Doubleday was credited with being the founder of baseball, a story that was later debunked. However, the baseball field in Cooperstown is Doubleday Field.
*The Hall of Fame was built by Stephen Carlton Clark in 1936. He was the heir to the Singer Sewing Machine Company. He built it to attract tourists as the city was hit hard by the Great Depression.
*There are 340 members of the Hall, 239 are former players. And there are 250,000 baseball photographs stored there.
5 reasons the Angels are no longer on the market
*Owner Arte Moreno’s asking price was rumored to be $5 billion.
*Forbes estimated the value of the franchise to be closer to $2.5 billion. That’s a rather insurmountable gap, even for billionaires.
*Angel Stadium is in need of some remodeling, which would run into the millions of dollars.
*Attendance in Anaheim was over 3 million from 2003 to 2019, but fell to 2.46 million last season. Never sell at a low point.
*Let’s face it, it’s fun to own a major league team. Why sell if you don’t need the money, large as it is?
Pete Donovan is a Palm Desert resident and former Los Angeles Times sports reporter. He can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org
This article originally appeared on Palm Springs Desert Sun: Baseball Hall of Fame: Have Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout accomplished enough to be members?