Hall of Fame voting season seems like it comes a little earlier each year, but this year — when last December seems like both 20 years and 20 minutes ago — it feels out of both space and time. The world is a very confusing place these days.
Still, Hall of Fame voting season it is, and it will be compelling and contentious as ever. But remember: Someday, they’ll be voting on all these current players, too. Every team has its Hall of Famers (well, every team but the Marlins, Rays, Rockies and Nationals), but every fanbase thinks that someone, anyone, from their favorite team has a chance at the Hall someday.
So today, we take a look at the most likely player on every team to someday reach the Hall of Fame. We don’t care about what hat they’re wearing into the Hall; Albert Pujols is the choice for the Angels, not the Cardinals, for example. It’s just the player in every current organization with the best chance of getting in. Many of these will seem like quite a stretch, a fantastical dream. But isn’t that what the Hall of Fame is all about? Dreaming?
Here’s a pick, a dream, from each team.
AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST
AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL
AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST
NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST
NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL
NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST