Ten Active Baseball Players on Their Way to Cooperstown
Every year after the baseball regular season ends, I crunch the numbers and pick five players who have reached the half-way point of a Hall of Fame-worthy career. I do this so I can add their baseball cards and autographs to my collection, hopefully at reasonable prices before they get too famous. This year, I'm adding J.D. Martinez, Aaron Nola, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Ronald Acuna Jr. to my collection.
Here are ten currently active players who I think will eventually join the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. These are all players you can probably see playing next season (or perhaps in the current postseason). When you see them play, it's cool to know you're watching a baseball great doing what they do best.
1. Mike Trout
He's only 31 years old and has a lot of baseball left in him. He's a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
2. Max Scherzer
38 years old, already a Hall of Fame-worthy career behind him, and no signs of slowing down.
3. Miguel Cabrera
Miggy is 39 years old and is showing signs of slowing down. He's already Hall of Fame-worthy, but we'll probably see another season or two out of him before he retires.
4. Justin Verlander
39 years old and he just pitched one of the best seasons of his career.
5. Clayton Kershaw
I bought his autograph back in 2008 for $6. He's going to the Hall of Fame when his career is done.
6. Paul Goldschmidt
34 years old and not slowing down yet. He's also headed for Cooperstown.
7. Salvador Perez
Let's see another great season or two from him, then he would be a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame.
8. Bryce Harper
He is the Chosen One, isn't he?
9. Jose Altuve
8-time All-Star and has played for Houston for his entire career. Cooperstown likes players like that.
10. Mookie Betts
He just turned 30 and he hasn't had a bad season yet in his career. Keep it going for a few more years, and he'll be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.