The Player on Each Team That has the Best Chance of Making it to the Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame can be a tough place to get in. Dick Allen proved that statement to be correct when he fell short of the Hall, despite being considered the best player to never make it to the Hall of Fame. But today I’m going to be taking a look at the player with the highest chance of making the Hall of Fame on each team. This list will not favor younger players that have had one or two breakout seasons. With that out of the way, let’s get into the list!

Arizona Diamondbacks: Madison Bumgarner

This team doesn’t have many Hall of Fame caliber players, so I have to go with Bumgarner who has a very long, but still possible, shot at making the Hall of Fame. At the age of 31, he has 36.5 WAR, which means a strong finish to his career would improve his odds.

Atlanta Braves: Freddie Freeman

There’s a lot of young, blossoming talent on this team, but I have to give it to Freeman. He’s only 31 years old and he has played excellently his whole career. He has 38.8 WAR, but if he continues to play like he has the past few seasons, he’s a no-doubter for the Hall of Fame someday.

Baltimore Orioles: Ryan Mountcastle

This is what happened: I looked up and down their roster, saw no one with any chance of making the Hall of Fame, so I picked the youngest player.

Boston Red Sox: Xander Bogaerts

He’s a young, talented high caliber SS. If he keeps going on his career trajectory, he’s a late ballot hall of famer. The Red Sox also don’t have anyone else.

Chicago Cubs: Kris Bryant

Nothing about anyone on this Cubs team screams “Hall of Fame”, but Kris Bryant still has a chance. If he finishes his career in a dominant fashion, he will definitely make it to the Hall. We’ll have to see what happens.

Chicago White Sox: Lucas Giolito

I said that I wouldn’t favor young players, but this White Sox team is all young. Giolito has an incredible comeback story, and he has all of the potential in the world. His chances of making the Hall will depend on his next few years where he will get a chance to prove himself.

Cincinnati Reds: Joey Votto

There’s no other answer. He was the best player of his generation and a few more decent years will solidify him as a Hall of Famer.

Cleveland Indians: Shane Bieber

His past two seasons have shown the caliber of pitcher he is. A Hall of Fame bid, while a long time away, seem like a certainty based on his past two years. But who knows? He could pull a Gooden and collapse.

Colorado Rockies: Matt Kemp

He was good for a few years, right?

Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera

Any other answer is foolish. Cabrera was the best hitter of his generation, and despite his steep decline, he’s still a first ballot Hall of Famer.

Houston Astros: Justin Verlander

He’s one of the only Astros not tied up in the cheating scandal, and he’s also a great ballplayer. He is a first few ballot Hall of Famer.

Kansas City Royals: Salvador Perez

The first half of his career is over, and if he puts up a second half as good as his first, he’s a late ballot Hall of Famer. The also Royals don’t have anyone else.

Los Angeles Angels: Albert Pujols

They have two; the other is Mike Trout. Pujols was such an amazing baseball player that deserves to be in the Hall and is likely a first ballot Hall of Famer.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Mookie Betts

He’s a talent of a generation and he already has 45.4 WAR going into his age 28 season. He is a no-doubter.

Miami Marlins: Jazz Chisholm

He’s a young player that I actually know, so he’s on this list. The Marlins don’t exactly have any Hall of Famers on their roster.

Milwaukee Brewers: Christian Yelich

Last year was a fluke season for Yelich, an amazing player. If he plays well into his later seasons then he’s a late ballot induction.

Minnesota Twins: Josh Donaldson

Donaldson still needs a few more productive seasons, but I’ll still give him a remote chance of making it. He has 41.5 career WAR, so all it will take is 3 more all-star level seasons. He should be able to get there barring injury or a steep decline.

New York Mets: Jacob deGrom

If deGrom can have a similar career trajectory as Justin Verlander’s, he’s a mid ballot induction. If not, he’s on the bubble for a longshot late ballot induction.

New York Yankees: Gerrit Cole

Here’s an interesting example. He’s on the same career trajectory as Zack Greinke, but he has an injury filled past which could mean that he doesn’t make it because of injuries. We’ll have to wait and see.

Oakland Athletics: Matt Chapman

There’s no one else on this team with a remote chance other than Chapman, so here we are.

Philadelphia Phillies: Bryce Harper

He’s one of the most talented players of our generations, which means that if he can sustain the kind of seasons that he’s putting up, he can make it to the Hall.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Ke’Bryan Hayes

He was the only good player last year, so here he is. He’s also extremely talented.

San Diego Padres: Fernando Tatis Jr

He’s the most talented player on this roster, and I’ve never been a huge Machado fan. It would not surprise me in the slightest if he dominated the MLB for a long time.

Seattle Mariners: Kyle Lewis

Again, the only good player on this team is Lewis. That’s the only reason.

San Francisco Giants: Joey Bart

Bart is the youngest player on a team of old, aging, washed-up veterans. There’s no other player with any chance of making the Hall of Fame.

St. Louis Cardinals: Yadier Molina

He will be remembered as one of the best defensive catchers to ever play the game, and even though his hitting is average at best, he still has a decent shot.

Tampa Bay Rays: Brandon Lowe

There’s no one else on this team, so I’ll have to go with Lowe who finished 8th in the MVP voting in 2020.

Texas Rangers: Leody Taveras

The youngest player on this team was Taveras.

Toronto Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr

I have never seen a player with as much potential as Guerrero Jr. There’s no one else on this team that has a fighting chance, so I’ll go with Guerrero Jr.

Washington Nationals: Max Scherzer

There’s no other option. Juan Soto is too young and if Scherzer retired right now, he’s be a mid-ballot Hall of Famer.

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