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These Hall of Famers played ... where?

A lineup of legends at different positions
November 16, 2020

Hall of Famers tend to be icons at their position. Derek Jeter and shortstop ... Pudge Rodriguez and catcher ... Ken Griffey Jr. and center field. The player and the position can be inseparable. But if you dig into the baseball encyclopedia entries for some of the all-time greats, you

8 HOFers you may have forgotten were traded

These players were dealt early, then became stars
November 16, 2020

A general manager’s worst nightmare has to be rooted in regret. No one wants to be remembered for trading a player who goes on to become an icon elsewhere. That’s perhaps where some of the strongest apprehension lies when considering dipping into their prospect pools. Yet such stories are littered

These are the best HOF classes in history

November 16, 2020

The Baseball Writers' Association of America can be a stingy bunch. Though we saw 22 BBWAA-selected Hall of Famers from 2014-20, large classes are still relatively rare when looking at the history of a polling process that dates back to 1936. Quite a few times, the BBWAA members entrusted as

Does winning MVP, Cy clear path to Cooperstown?

November 16, 2020

Winning a Baseball Writers' Association of America Award is an achievement in and of itself, a tangible testament to a well-played season. When a player wins MVP, Cy Young or Rookie of the Year, he’s already added to his resume, which might one day help him become enshrined in Cooperstown.

Every first-ballot Hall of Famer in MLB history

November 16, 2020

Among the tens of thousands of players, managers, owners, executives and other personnel that have made their marks on baseball, only a select 329 are enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, 232 of them players. And among that elite group, 57 players have been granted an even more

The 7 HOFers elected in final year on ballot

November 16, 2020

Some Hall of Fame candidates are no-doubt picks, cruising into Cooperstown on the first ballot. Other cases aren't so simple, requiring years of debate, hand-wringing, and consternation, as supporters try to change minds, and doubters dig in their heels. Sometimes progress is incremental, and sometimes it comes all at once.

Angels' best players not in Cooperstown

November 16, 2020

One of the fun things about the Baseball Hall of Fame is the arguments it elicits about who is deserving of enshrinement and who is not.

A's best players not in Cooperstown

November 16, 2020

There are 14 players representing the A's in the Hall of Fame when you combine the franchise's stints in Philadelphia, Kansas City and Oakland. With such a rich history that dates back over a century, you can be sure to find players along the way who many feel are Hall

Best Nats/Expos not in Hall of Fame

November 16, 2020

The Nationals’ current roster has some future Hall of Fame talent, but the Washington era hasn't yet had a player enshrined in Cooperstown. There are 11 Hall of Famers who suited up for the Expos when the franchise was in Montreal. For every player elected, there are even more who

The unlikely players who owned a Hall of Famer

May 30, 2020

It makes sense that great players tend to provide the biggest challenge to other greats. Tony Gwynn broke Greg Maddux’s spell. Chipper Jones pummeled Randy Johnson. Roy Halladay shut down Derek Jeter. Mike Mussina stifled Ken Griffey Jr. But baseball is a funny game, and so sometimes, a superstar finds

Hall of Famers' most random teams

April 13, 2020

Any trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame involves a stop in the plaque room, where you browse the accomplishments of every Hall of Famer. On each plaque, the logo on each player's cap represents the club they are most associated with. Yet the plaques also will list each of

DH rule extended these Hall of Fame careers

April 5, 2020

When the Yankees' Ron Blomberg stepped to the plate against Red Sox right-hander Luis Tiant at Fenway Park on April 6, 1973, Major League Baseball changed forever. In this landmark moment, Blomberg became the first designated hitter in MLB history. American League owners had voted to approve the DH rule

Wait, what? 10 Hall of Famers not in on 1st ballot

January 22, 2020

Derek Jeter stormed into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Why wouldn't he? The Yankees' Captain is one of the most iconic players in recent baseball history. But not every MLB icon can lay claim to the title of first-ballot Hall of Famer. Since the advent

HOF players and managers, broken down by team

Cap choices accompany legends' Cooperstown plaques for eternity
January 21, 2020

When Induction Day rolls around in Cooperstown, the biggest thrill for a fanbase (outside of celebrating the actual player, of course) might be seeing its team's logo ensconced on the bronze plaque. The designation typically means that the player defined his career in that city -- or perhaps even led

Hall of Fame inductions by year

January 21, 2020

Here are the 333 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, sorted by the years they were inducted. 2020 Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons, Larry Walker 2019 Harold Baines, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Mariano Rivera, Lee Smith 2018 Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, Trevor Hoffman,

These players barely missed HOF on final ballot

January 21, 2020

After a 10-year wait, Larry Walker was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America in 2020, becoming just the seventh player ever to make the Hall in his final year on the ballot. In the process, Walker avoided joining another group of players who