Three legends are going to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. They are first baseman Jeff Bagwell, outfielder Tim Raines and catcher Ivan Rodriguez. The next three years will also have several big names like Chipper Jones in 2018, Mariano Rivera in 2019 and Derek Jeter in 2020.
However, are there any active MLB players who are Hall of Famers already? Yes, there are and here is SportsRageous’ list of the top five active MLB players who are heading to the Baseball of Fame.
Albert Pujols, 1B
“King Albert” might not be the same player he once was but he is one of the greatest players to ever play the game. Sabermetrics and old school guys love Pujols and he will surely get in as a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Pujols is a ten-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion, three-time NL MVP, six-time Silver Slugger and a two-time Gold Glove winner. He can join the 600-home run club this season and the 3,000-hit club in the next two years.
Ichiro Suzuki, OF
Although Ichiro joined the MLB at the age of 27 years old, he proved that he is one of the best hitters the game of baseball has ever seen. He has a career batting average .313 with 3,030 hits, 114 home runs, and 760 RBIs.
Ichiro is a ten-time All-Star, ten-time Gold Glove, three-time Silver Slugger, a one-time AL MVP and the 2001 AL Rookie of the Year. People also cannot discount all the things he did in Japan before came to the MLB. The Japanese star is so good and well-conditioned for his age that he might play for two more seasons, per The Sun-Sentinel.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
“Miggy” is only 33 years old but his place in the Baseball of Fame is assured. He is one of the best players of his generation and he could be part of the 3,000-hit, 600-home run and 2,000-RBI clubs when it is all said and done.
Cabrera is an 11-time All-Star, a one-time World Series champion, two-time AL MVP, seven-time Silver Slugger winner and four-time AL batting champion. He also won the AL Triple Crown back in 2012 during his historic season, per SportsNet.
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Beltre is one of the best guys in baseball and one of the best all-around players ever. He is just 58 hits away from joining the 3,000-hit club and he could easily have more than 500 home runs if he did not play four seasons in Seattle.
The 37-year-old has a career batting average of .286 with 2,942 hits, 445 home runs and 1,571 RBIs. He is also a four-time All-Star, two-time Platinum Glove winner, five-time Gold Glove winner and a four-time Silver Slugger.
Carlos Beltran, OF
Beltran might not get in during his first year of eligibility but he is certainly going into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He is a nine-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner, two-time Silver Slugger winner and the 1999 AL Rookie of the Year.
The 39-year-old is also one of the best postseason hitters of all time. He has a career batting average of .281 with 2,617 hits, 421 home runs, 1,536 and 312 stolen bases.
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