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Five Current Players Who Could Soon Join Trammell And Chipper As One Team Hall Of Famers

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Because six new players were enshrined in Cooperstown over the weekend, many baseball broadcasts have included discussions about the current inductees as well as possible future inductees. During one particular game, an analyst praised the fact that two of the new Hall of Famers spent their entire careers with just one team.

He was referring of course to Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones and Detroit Tigers shortstop Alan Trammell. Jones received 410 of 422 votes during his first year of Hall eligibility, while Trammell was elected by the Veterans Committee.

The point was made that baseball fans may not for at least another decade see even a single one-year player reach Cooperstown, much less two of them. The announcer identified two certain future inductees, Albert Pujols and Adrian Beltre, who each have played for several different teams.

A cursory look at other stars nearing retirement, however, seems to indicate that we will indeed soon see another one-year player. Indeed, there could be two or more.

Here is a list of likely or highly possible one-team players who could be enshrined in Cooperstown after they leave the field.

Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals

This guy is a no-brainer for Hall of Fame induction in his first year of eligibility, no matter what his offensive statistics are. He has been the premier catcher for almost two decades, has led the Redbirds to multiple World Series appearances, been selected as a perennial All-Star,and remains one of the best clutch hitters in all of baseball.

Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners

Closing in on his fourteenth season King Felix is likely to amass two hundred wins by the time he hangs it up, which is far short of the coveted three hundred mark that guarantees enshrinement. His era, however, makes it nearly impossible to get more than fifteen victories per year, so that fact in addition to a Cy Young Award and six All-Star games might land him a plaque.

Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds

His lengthy contract almost ensures that the Canadian will finish his playing days at Great American Ball Park, and his numbers are approaching HOF statistics.

Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins

The native Minnesotan has declined since winning the Most Valuable Player Award as Twins catcher, which could hurt his chances to get into the Hall. Plus, because he is at the end of his current contract with his home town team, Mauer could be dismissed from this list if he signs elsewhere next year.

Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants

Ten years into his career the catcher is a six time All-Star with both a Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Award, but it might be his three World Series Championships that eventually get him to Cooperstown.

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Source by Doug Poe

’68 All-Star Boasted Twelve Cy Young Winners, Nineteen Hall Of Famers, But Zero Runs Batted In

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July inevitably leads to memories of All-Star games, whether they be of heroics on the field or the injustice of players who were snubbed by not getting selected. Since nearly the beginning of this century, all baseball fans look back on the 2002 contest with a sense of regret.

Because both managers ( Joe Torre of the New York Yankees and Bob Brenley of the Arizona Diamondbacks) ran out of players to use, the game was called off in the eleventh inning with the score tied at seven. Commissioner Bud Selig was especially upset since the game had been played at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers team that he had once owned.

He immediately undertook the task of making sure there would never be another Midsummer Classic without a winner, and fortunately that 2002 game remains the only one to end in a draw. Exactly thirty three years before then, however, a quick glance at the box score might lead one assume that the All-Star game must have ended in a tie.

Neither team managed to get an RBI in the contest, so in the last row in the box score the zeroes seem to indicate that the game ended in a scoreless tie. There were probably many of those in the regular season of 1968, when pitchers were so dominant that Major League Baseball decided to lower the mound beginning the following year.

The American League hitters, in spite of a lineup with the likes of Harmon Killebrew, Mickey Mantle, Brooks Robinson and Carl Yastremski, did not record even one single. Their offense was limited to three doubles by Tony Oliva of the Minnesota Twins, Don Wert of the Detroit Tigers, and Jim Fregosi of the California Angels, none of which produced a single run.

When one considers who was on the mound facing them, the lack of offense seems less surprising. Steve Carlton, Bob Gibson, Juan Marichal and Tom Seaver were four of the mighty arms that combined to shut out the A. L. hitters.

Their opponents from the Senior Circuit proved nearly as unproductive on offense, even though the lineup featured more future Hall of Famers. Willie Mays was in the lead off spot, followed by legends such as Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron, Ron Santo and Tony Perez.

Even with that cadre of prominent sluggers, the National League hitters could not come up with a single run batted in. With all blanks in that column, it would be easy to assume that neither team scored.

Two spaces to the left in the box score, the run column shows the only difference in the two clubs that day. The N. L. managed to score a run, when Mays crossed the plate as his San Francisco Giants teammate Willie McCovey bounced into a double play off of Boston ace Luis Tiant in the bottom of the first.

After that meager run in the initial inning, the pitchers on both teams dominated the offenses. That minimal production accounted for the lowest scoring game in All Star history but, regardless what the RBI column indicates, it was not a tie.

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Source by Doug Poe