Quick Baseball Hall of Fame Question
The question at hand is “in almost every rookie class you have one or two Hall of Famers. 2009 will probably be no different. So what rookies from last year do you think can be Hall of Famers”?
I’m going to have to go with Matt Wieters. Not only is he a talented catcher, but the position is ripe for the picking. Obviously Joe Mauer is going to be a top catcher for the next few years barring injury, but there are already rumblings of him moving the first base. Victor Martinez won’t be catching much longer.
Wieters had a nice rookie season, and should blow up this year. Anyone who has been described as Mauer with power raises eyebrows. By season’s end he could be a top two or three offensive catcher, a reign that could last for a decade or more. He will then transition to first base or DH and continue his pursuit.
Tommy Hanson or Rick Porcello are nice options, but take a look at the list of Hall of Famers (http://www.baseball-reference.com/awards/hof.shtml). Nolan Ryan was the last full-time starter to make it to Cooperstown.
I’m not sure last year’s rookie class has a HOFer, but if there is one, my guess is it’s Wieters.
What are your thoughts?