It used to be that 500 HR's got you an automatic ticket to the hall of fame.
Is that still the case?
I mean if Frank Thomas retires right now, is he a a Hall of Famer? How about Thome (17 homers away)? Fred McGriff retired with 493 and I don't think he's getting in. Sosa hit almost 200 of his homeruns in 3 years. That's a third of his homeruns.
I really think that the new number is 550 or 600. Up to a few years ago, only 15-16 players had 500 homers.
This year 4 or 5 players will get there (F.Thomas soon to be joined by Arod, Thome, Manram, and Sheff) Bonds, Sosa and Griffey are there. That'll be 25 players with 8 Active players. Then you got Carlos Delgado (80 Hr's away and 35 years old). Vlad, A.Jones are over 350 in their early 30's.
A player like Thome and Delgado will need to hit 550+ to get in the Hall. So, is 500 an automatic ticket to the hall? I don't think it is anymore. Any opinions?