Got to wondering..of the four major sports leagues, which has the most lock, sure-fire HOF'ers playing right now? This was spawned by the announcements of the newest NHL inductees (Yzerman, Hull, Robitaille, Leetch and Lou Lamoriello), which is one of the strongest classes ever to go into the Hall. Also, the list of MLB Hall hopefuls came out the other day as well. Holdovers Andre Dawson, Mark McGwire, Burt Blyleven, Jack Morris, and first timers such as The Crime Dog Fred McGriff, Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Kevin Appier, Ellis Burks, Andres Galaragga, Edgar Martinez, etc. etc.
The criteria is: A guy that, if he retired RIGHT NOW, would get in, without a doubt (which is in my opinion of course). A lot of other guys in every sport are well on their way...they just need to play a few more seasons having good numbers. Some cases are tough. Guys like Jorge Posada, Andy Pettite, Jason Varitek (decent numbers, but were winners, long careers, impact on the game, etc.). Guys like Konerko, Dye, Miguel Tejada (numbers aplenty, but are they really HOF'ers or will they suffer from Dave Kingman syndrome?) What about Omar Visquel? Lance Berkman? Torii Hunter? MLB:Derek JeterAlex RodriguezMariano RiveraIvan RodriguezRandy JohnsonTrevor HoffmanJim ThomePedro MartinezManny RamirezVladimir GuerreroAlbert PujolsRoy HalladayIchiro SuzukiChipper JonesAndruw Jones
NBA:Shaquille O'NealKevin GarnettRay AllenTim DuncanSteve NashPaul PierceJason KiddDirk NowitzkiKobe BryantVince Carter
NHL:Martin BrodeurNicholas LidstromMark RecchiSergei FedorovJarome IginlaMike ModanoTeamu SelannePaul KariyaChris Pronger
NFL:Ed ReedPeyton ManningLaDanian TomlinsonRay LewisTom BradyTerrell OwensTorry HoltRandy MossBrett FavreKurt WarnerEdgerrin JamesChamp BaileyJason TaylorJunior SeauCharles WoodsonBrian UrlacherSteve HutchinsonWalter JonesTony GonzalezBrian Dawkins
Who am I missing? Hockey list feels short. Chip in guys.