swingline wrote:What we know now:
1) He has been a flashy, if not great, centerfielder throughout his entire career. Has won a ton of gold gloves. No doubt he was a plus defensively at least.
2) Add to that he has probably been the best offensive CF for a little more than half a decade (maybe more, this season isn't over and he's so streaky).
If he gets over 2,000 hits and 425 home runs it's going to be tough to keep him out. Neither are out of the realm of possibility, but they'd take some pretty good years in the face of aging.
He's definitely not in right now. But It's not as easy of a no as some of you would like to think if he has a 2-3 more great years or 3-5 more good years.
I'd agree with this. He's a good player but not a HoFer in all likelihood, though if he can play a couple more years without declining very much at all, he has a shot.