Voted for Pujols, Jeter, Halladay, Helton, Suzuki, and Rivera.
Not to pick on Adrian Beltre–I’d love to have him on my team–but it’s interesting to me how unimpressive his career offensive totals actually are. I suspect that very few people know that he trails Luke Scott, Carlos Quentin, and Jason Bay, often by a lot, in both career slugging percentage and career on-base percentage. You need a mighty heap of defensive value, and a major uptick for playing a bunch of games in Dodger Stadium and Seattle, to make up for that. Evidently WAR gives it to him, as he ranks as the 4th-top position player; perhaps I should be more sold on his current HoF credentials than I am.
Cabrera might be there already, same with Beltran. They’ve obviously both been wonderful players, and Cabrera, in particular, will eventually go in easily.
I haven’t voted for Mark McGwire in any of these polls, partly but not exclusively because of the PED issue. However, he’s a good comp for both Giambi and Ortiz, and it’s not a favorable comparison to either of them. McGwire leads Giambi in HR and slugging percentage by quite a bit and trails him by only a small amount in OBP, and McGwire leads Ortiz in all three categories (by 40 points in slugging). Throwing in the difficulty of home parks gives McGwire a significant lead in WAR over Giambi and particularly over Ortiz, if WAR floats your boat. Obviously both Giambi and Ortiz have PED issues of their own, too. Bottom line: I can’t justify voting for either G or O if I’m not voting for McGwire; he has to go in first.
I love Chase Utley. Give him some more time. Same with Joe Mauer.
Interesting poll. Thanks.