Rox Pile’s unofficial baseball Hall of Fame ballots (Part 3)
By Ryan Ladika
The Last Five
I saved these five players for last on purpose because I believe there isn’t much push back or debate for whether or not they deserve enshrinement.
I’m going to start this section with Braves legend Chipper Jones. He played his entire 19-year career in Atlanta, hitting .303/.401/.529 with 468 home runs and 1623 RBIs. His career OPS was .930, and he had a park-adjusted OPS+ of 141. Jones was worth 85 WAR during his time on the field, and was an 8-time All-Star. He won two Silver Sluggers, a NL Batting Title in 2008 (.364 BA), a NL MVP award in 1999, and led the Braves to a World Series title in 1995.
Next is Mariners star DH and third baseman Edgar Martínez. Like Jones, Martínez spent his whole career with one team, staying in Seattle for 18 seasons. Martínez hit .312/.481/.515 with a .933 OPS. He hit 309 home runs and drove in 1261 runs. He was worth 68.3 WAR and a 147 OPS+, as well. Martínez slugged his way onto seven All Star teams and won five Silver Sluggers and two batting titles.
Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Angels star right fielder Vladimir Guerrero also deserves enshrinement. Over the course of his 16-year career, Guerrero hit .318/.379/.553 with an OPS of .931. He mashed 449 home runs and drove in 1496 runs. He was also a 59.3 win player. Guerrero won an AL MVP award in 2004 with the Angels, made nine All-Star teams and won eight Silver Sluggers.