So who can hardly blame those in the media calling this guy and that guy a future HOFer before their careers are even over. It has become a travesty.
Just this morning, I heard one of the "experts" say "possible HOFer Jorge Posada." On another station, where the subject was the upcoming Super Bowl, another talking head was saying how we will see "two future HOF quarterbacks" going at it next Sunday. And then yesterday, and this is the worst of them all, another said that Bryce Harper will likely get a shot with the Nationals' big club this spring in what could be "the start of a potential HOF career. " Harper, of course, has zero major league at-bats.
There was once an era that took its induction process so seriously that it took JOE DiMAGGIO until his THIRD time on the ballot to gain enshrinement.
And let's take a look at the Top 5 vote percentage gainers: Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, Cal Ripken Jr, Ty Cobb, and George Brett. Four of the five on that list are from this generation, giving them higher percentages than Hank Aaron (6th), Babe Ruth (11th), Willie Mays (14th), Ted Williams (18th), and Stan Musial (19th). DiMaggio received the 29th highest percentage of votes. Now, of course, in some years, the all-time greats had more competition than others had in other years, but the statistics still show less of an idolization for these guys. In fact, in 1950, nobody gained enshrinement in a list that included Mel Ott, Bill Terry, Jimmy Foxx, Paul Waner, Al Simmons, Dizzy Dean and Bill Dickey.
So, I beg of the media, STOP with enshrining our athletes into the Hall of Fame until, at least, they have finished their careers. And one final thought. I wonder how many times Pete Rose was referred to as "future HOF."