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What future HoME outfielders are playing right now?


Now the Great Chaleeko will tell you the future of outfielders and designated hitters!

Let’s go back to the future! In part 1 of this series on Monday, we assessed the chances that some active infielder and catcher contenders had to make the Hall of Miller and Eric. Today, the outfielders and DHes get their turn.


Left field is a bit vacant right now. Carl Crawford is one of its three best candidates. From the perspective of value, Crawford looks a lot like Lou Brock or Jim Rice, though stylistically he’s more like the former than the latter. Crawford got off to a strong start in his career but ever since the big free-agent deal with Boston, his career has gone into the sewer. He might have been Bob Johnson or Zack Wheat, but the ways things are going, it looks like he’ll struggle to reach the likes of Kip Selbach or Luis Gonzalez. Dodgers fans hope he can regain his form. He’s just 32, so perhaps there’s time yet.
Current case: D
Likely final case: D+

If he can keep himself out of further scandal, Ryan Braun could build a good HoME resume. He’s nearly passed the veteran Holliday already, and at 30, he’s got a lot more clock time left. Braun’s had some injury issues the last couple years in addition to his suspension, so staying on the field is doubly important. He needs to resume his peak-level performance and pile up some value over the next few years.
Current case: incomplete
Likely final case: C+

Lightning round

Matt Holliday is currently something like Heinie Manush. At 34, he needs much more and he’s running out of time: D


Let’s hope Carlos Beltran isn’t mostly remembered for taking a called third strike to end the NLCS. As a player who does a little of everything, he doesn’t have signature skills, but he’s been a souped-up version of Jimmy Wynn and a top-dozen centerfielder so far. At 37 and on a three-year deal with the Yankees, there’s a strong likelihood he gets into the top ten.
Current case: B+
Likely final case: A-

Lightning round

Curtis Granderson looks destined for the Hall of the Very Good a la Ellis Burks or Fred Lynn: D

See me in three years

Andrew McCutchen, Adam Jones, and Mike Trout. Let’s say a quick word about the latter. What a head start. He’s got about 20 wins of value in his two full years. At age 22, if he just repeated a boring two-win season year over year and retired at age forty, he’d be a borderline candidate. If he was worth three wins a year he’d be just outside the top dozen centerfielders. The sky is the limit.


Ichiro has started out 2014 with a fine impression of his 2001 self. I can’t imagine anyone doesn’t want him to reach 3,000 hits, but it seems unlikely he’ll arrive. It’s OK, he’s done enough already to get into whatever Hall you’ve got. In fact, he looks an awful lot like Elmer Flick, which makes him a top-fifteen right fielder.
Current case: B
Likely final case: B

Here’s hoping Bobby Abreu can squeeze a couple more wins out of his career. Right now he’s in a dead heat with Enos Slaughter in my ratings. That’s not-quite electable, but not someone I can simply dismiss. If you trade a little peak for a little career, he’d be just like Harry Hooper, with whom he is also in a dead heat.
Current case: C
Likely final case: C

Lightning round

Torii Hunter is beloved for his affable persona, just like Rusty Staub who his value resembles. I wonder if he’ll follow Staub’s path into the booth?: D

See me in three years

Giancarlo Stanton


Those who cite Big Papi as the greatest DH of all time have forgotten all about Edgar Martinez who simply runs circles around David Ortiz. At this time, Ortiz is a borderline candidate at best. His 140 career OPS+ is excellent and trails Edgar’s by 7 points. That difference translates to Edgar accumulating160 more batting runs above average than Ortiz in just 200 more plate appearances. On the other hand, Papi is leading the AL in OPS+ as I write this despite being only one year younger than I am—and I’m Jack Benny’s age.
Current case: D+
Likely final case: C

Lightning round

No matter how many homers Adam Dunn hits, he’s still not anywhere near a HoME level player: F

Next Friday the pitchers!





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