Way too early for John Lannan and his 35 wins but…
Give peace (and these guys) a chance
Players aren’t inducted for being versatile and sticking around into their mid-40s. Good thing Omar Vizquel can hit too. The last remaining player who made his debut in the 1980s, the 44-year-old shortstop could reach 3,000 hits if he sticks around a few more seasons. He also has won 11 Gold Gloves and has played every infield position.
Assuming he plays until he’s 40, Johnny Damon, 37, could easily surpass 3,000 hits. Of the 28 players who have reached that threshold, 24 are Hall of Famers and two — Jeter and Craig Biggio — probably will be. Only the scandal-plagued Rafael Palmeiro and Pete Rose will likely be left out.
David Ortiz will always be beloved in Boston for helping the Red Sox break the “Curse of the Bambino” in 2004. And if the slugger who has averaged 35 homers and 118 RBIs over a full 162-game season in his career makes it to Cooperstown, he just might find something to love about New York as well.
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