Each sport’s Hall of Fame is designed to recognize the best players of their time, and the incorporation of an athlete is proof that dedication to their craft has paid off. Not all Hall of Famers are created equal, however, some are anchored on their first ballot and others barely creep in.
Inspired by a tweet by Stupid baseballlet’s look at some under-the-radar Hall of Famer inductees.
One player who asked to be relegated to the lowest minor league tier to become shortstop after reaching the major league is particularly antisocial and has considered early retirement on several occasions and has had a fantastic career.
Greinke has several things that will help anchor his case, including his longevity, dominant singles seasons and overall counting stats. While it doesn’t really help him, his personality and all the stories told by his teammates make him a Hall of Famer.
While he is certainly on the last leg of his career and there is speculation he may even retire this off-season, he has had a great career and should be recognised.
For career stats, Greinke is 223-141 over 3,247 innings to the tune of a 3.42 ERA. In addition, he has 2,882 strikeouts, if he reaches 3,000 he is a lock.
He only had an ERA+ below the league average in a single season, which was his rookie year. Since then he has been one of the best pitchers of the 21st century.
His 2009 and 2015 were historic, 09′ he won the CY Young with a 205 ERA+ and scored 242 strikeouts, in 2015 his ERA was 1.66 but somehow he didn’t get any hardware except a Gold Glove.
Greinke is pretty much a castle that (That sounds weird to me-AM) more you look into his career and he’s also a Hall of Fame personality.
A 30-year-old player who was on course to make the hall in his first three seasons has fallen off the radar for most at this point.
In his first three seasons, he was a two-time All-Star, MVP winner, Rookie of the Year, and already had 94 home runs and a .915 OPS. If he had kept that pace for 12-13 years, he could have been considered the Chicago Cub of all time.
However, the real world is no fairy tale and its production has steadily declined due to injuries, among other things.
That being said, he has six years left on his Rockies contract and already has a career wins over backup of 29.2, using the mile-high city to hopefully increase his home run totals to aim for over the next six-plus years could produce and sneak onto enough ballots.
Aldrige is a fan favorite of Portland fans and is reported to have just over a 50% chance of being inducted into the Hall of Fame basketball insider.
Over the course of 16 years and over 1,000 games, he has averaged 19.1 points and 8.1 rebounds while having a player efficiency rating of 20.7, with an average PER of 15, well above average his entire career.
His scoring stats aren’t to be scoffed at either, as he’s surpassed 20,000 points, 8,700 rebounds, 2,000 assists and 1,000 blocks.
If he’s in the Brooklyn Nets as a banker going forward and is able to snag a championship ring while separated from the playoff rotation, his place in the hall should be cemented.
DeRozan only has a 20 percent chance of making it indoors, but he’s got three to four good years left in the tank. This season he has 20,000 career points with over 4,000 rebounds and 3,000 assists.
A five-time All-Star and three-time All-NBA team member, he’s been one of the better players in the league throughout his career, but he just couldn’t be the best.
His one major flaw is his lack of playoff success, but anything is possible with a young and promising core of the Bulls.
If he can get 25,000-27,000 points by the end of his career, he should do it.
Ryan may have played his last career game as a starter when the Colts decided to move forward from quarterback.
He may have barely done enough to make the HOF, which is crazy given he’s a six-time All-Pro and former league MVP.
His Pro Football Reference HOF Monitor Rating is 104.18, which puts him just slightly above the average HOF QB of 104.14.
Ryan’s only downside is that his nickname “Matty Ice” isn’t so true, as he was on the wrong side of one of the greatest Super Bowl comebacks of all time.
However, with over 60,000 passing yards and 376 passing touchdowns, he could do it even if he played his last game as a starter.
After finally conquering the league and winning the Super Bowl last season, Stafford might have locked himself into a future golden jacket.
As a member of the terrible Lions teams of the 2010s and with Calvin Johnson Jr. as his receiving weapon, he was able to amass impressive scoring statistics in a short span of time.
Despite his counting stats and the fact that he’s now a Super Bowl QB winner, his record still stands at 89-99-1, not really the prettiest mark when trying to get into the Hall of Fame.