Commentary

The Andruw Jones HOF issue

His career WAR is essentially the same as Derek Jeter's, which is a new-age lesson

Originally Published: December 31, 2010
By Dave Cameron | Special to ESPN Insider

As we spend the week debating this year's Hall of Fame class, it's only natural to turn our attention to current players and begin to assess their chances of reaching Cooperstown. Among active major leaguers, it is pretty easy to pick the ones that will sail into Cooperstown when their careers are over: Albert Pujols, Chipper Jones, Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter are all slam dunks for the Hall of Fame, and each will likely get elected on their first opportunity.

These four each specialize in skills that voters have historically treasured: Pujols is one of the great run producers of all time; Jones has built a long, legendary career with one franchise, Rivera dominated the ninth inning like none before him and Jeter has been The Captain on numerous World Series winners.

However, the rise in popularity of newer metrics -- specifically ones such as Wins Above Replacement -- has begun to shine a light on players with a different set of skills, and ones that have traditionally been marginalized by Hall of Fame voters. For instance, this WAR graph may just be the most shocking thing you will see all year: