Hall of Famer: Minnesota
In this series, I’ll look at each MLB team’s position player and pitcher that is the most deserving of Hall of Fame consideration. They have to be a starter or significant contributor.
Position Player: Joe Mauer (C/1B)
Although Joe Mauer is an MVP, 6-time All Star, and 3-time batting champ, he still seems overlooked and underappreciated. Playing in Minnesota probably doesn’t help, and he never really reached the power potential he showed in ’09 (28 HR). Still, he’s a career .308 hitter with almost 2,000 hits, 3 Gold Gloves, and 5 Silver Sluggers who played over half of his career behind the plate. He stayed loyal to his team, and will go down as one of the greatest Twins of all-time. His 52.4 WAR puts him 9th all-time among catchers, and ahead of greats like Mickey Cochrane and Ernie Lombardi. He’s still contributing at age 34 (.296 avg.), and a few more productive seasons could push him over the edge into HOF territory.
HOF Chance: 70%
Pitcher: Bartolo Colon (SP)
Colon signed as a free agent with Minnesota in July, and has shown himself to be valuable down the stretch (4–2, 4.02 ERA in 8 starts). The 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner just keeps going, even at 44. He’s got 239 wins, 2432 K’s, and 4 All-Star appearances. Unfortunately, his WAR (46.4), ERA (4.02), and PED issues will probably keep him out of the Hall. One thing is for sure though, you can never quite count Bartolo Colon out.
HOF Chance: 20%