Newcomers on the list
This isn’t the greatest list of newcomers, but there is one that sticks out above the rest in Derek Jeter.
The former New York Yankees shortstop was a 14-time All-Star, a Rookie of the Year winner, a 5-time World Series champion, a 5-time Gold Glove winner, a 5-time Silver Slugger winner, and a World Series MVP.
He also finished with a career WAR of 72.4, which ranks him 10th all-time among shortstops.
I will admit that his status and popularity are heightened because of who he played for and how much he won, but that doesn’t take away from his accomplishments.
And the fact that he’s one of the 10-15 best shortstops of all-time.
Bobby Abreu and Jason Giambi are the only other newcomers that accumulated over 50 WAR in their careers.
Neither of them will likely ever get close to getting the votes to be a Hall of Famer. And Giambi will get the steroid treatment from most voters.
Our good buddy, Heath Bell, actually has the least amount of WAR among those on the ballot with 7.1.
From 2002-2008 when Alfonso Soriano was a perennial All-Star it looked like he was on a Hall of Fame path, but he tailed off at the end.
As a Braves fan as well, Rafael Furcal was one of my favorite players and was a fun to watch with one of the strongest arms I’ve ever seen with such a small frame at shortstop.