Yes, Adrian Gonzalez is no longer a Dodger. He is on this list because he just left the Dodgers this off-season and because there’s a better than 50/50 chance that he would go in wearing a Dodgers cap. Gonzalez has 311 home runs, 1,176 RBIs and a career 42.7 WAR in 14 seasons. His 162-game averages (27, 102, .288/.359/.488/.847) compare favorably with some of the first basemen listed above, but he would probably need another three to five years producing at his career averages to accumulate the totals necessary for a legitimate chance at induction.
Justin Turner has gone from being claimed off waivers by the Mets in 2010 to being released in 2013 to one of the top five third basemen in all of baseball, both offensively and defensively. His 18 defensive runs saved are better than even Josh Donaldson over the past three years. He may go down as one of the best Dodger third basemen ever but, unfortunately for Turner, his Hall of Fame case lacks longevity, making it highly unlikely he’ll even get a sniff.
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It’s still too soon to tell, but Joc Pederson, Julio Urias, Walker Buehler and Alex Verdugo are several more players who might qualify for this list in the near future. Yes, Pederson is on my list because, who knows, something could click inside of him this season. Plus, he’ll only be 25 on Opening Day. Twelve more years of what his projection was when he was still a prospect could get him there.
Urias and Buehler each had surgeries that slowed their chase of the Hall, but they’re both still two of the hottest young arms in baseball. With today’s advances in medical procedure success, either or both of them could return better than even their projections.
Verdugo could get a chance as early as this spring to begin his assault on Cooperstown. Although he’s not the type of power hitter the Hall smiles on, his Tony Gwynn-esque type of gap hitting will at least get him headed in the right direction.
I am certain that Kershaw will some day give his acceptance speech in Cooperstown. Jansen has a 75 percent chance, Seager 40 percent and Bellinger 35 percent.
I’m sure Danny would agree.