These Four MLBbros Are Baseball Hall Of Fame Finalists For 2024

These Four MLBbros Are Baseball Hall Of Fame Finalists For 2024

The Baseball Hall of Fame finalists are set for 2024. 

 

This year, some of the best big leaguers of the 90s and 2000s are among them. The MLBbro superstars of those eras are well represented. Torii Hunter, Brandon Phillps, Jimmy Rollins, and Gary Sheffield are among the 2024 finalists.

 

All of these players have had Hall of Fame moments, set franchise records and/or distinguished themselves among the best players in baseball for a decade or more.

 

Jimmy Rollins 

 

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins is now on his third HOF ballot. He received 12.9% of the vote in 2023. Rollins played a terrific 16-year career with three organizations and was the 2007 NL MVP. “J-Roll” notched more than 2,000 career hits and 231 home runs.

His combination of speed, power and athleticism was the spark for one of the golden eras in Philadelphia Phillies history.  In his prime, Rollins was considered a Top 10 player in the game and is easily one of the most multi-faceted second baseman to ever play the game.

 

 

A 30-30 guy, who also did 20-20-20 (homers, doubles and triples). A dynamic base runner and fielder, the 5-foot-8 shortstop won four Gold Gloves and made three All-Star teams with Philly.

 

The switch-hitting Rollins ranks first in Phillies history in doubles (479), at-bats (8,628) and hits (2,306). He’s also second in stolen bases (453 which is also fourth-most among active players) and total bases (3,655). He’s comfortably in the top 10 of nearly every offensive category in club history and holds the distinction of being one of 19 players in major league history with at least 400 doubles, 100 triples and 200 home runs. He also ranks among the all-time greats with 46 career leadoff homers.

 

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For most of Rollins’ career, he would find himself overshadowed by the legendary shortstops of his era such as Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, among others.


With Derek Jeter already in the Hall of Fame and A-Rod being persecuted because of his PED affiliations, including a past suspension, Rollins is the next best option when you talk about shortstops with Hall of Fame caliber credentials. 

 

Rollins also played in two World Series and won one in 2008. During his career, he would be most beloved by Philadelphia and become a Phillies legend. 

 

Brandon Phillips 

 

Other finalists for the Hall of Fame are Brandon Phillps and Torii Hunter. These two were also big-time players in their era.

 

This is Phillips’ first year on the ballot. “Dat Dude” Phillps had a .275 career batting average while playing for 5 organizations. Phillps also gained three All-Star selections with the Cincinnati Reds. 

More than his versatility and ability to hit anywhere in the top three spots of the lineup with effectiveness, Phillips played with a swag that embodies the MLBbro.

 

 

During Phillips’ career, the second baseman would gain a silver slugger in 2011 and become a 4-time Gold Glove winner.  Although he never managed to win a championship, the rest of his stats and accomplishments reflect a great career. There is no doubt that Brandon Phillips is going down as one of the great players in Reds history and an elite MLBbro second baseman. 

 

 

Torii Hunter 

 

Torii Hunter had consistency, durability and longevity, while winning nine straight Gold Gloves in centerfield and compiling 353 homers and 2,452 hits over a 19-year MLB career. This is his fourth year on the ballot and he’s once again facing some stiff competition. His 6.9 % of the ballot in 2023 was just enough to surpass the 5% needed to remain on the ballot.

 

Gary Sheffield

With the 2024 Hall of Fame having a lot of first-year ballots, there are also some players that have been finalists for a while. Gary Sheffield is one of them. This is Sheffield’s 10th and final year on the ballot.

Sheffield played 22 years with eight different organizations and won a World Series with the Florida Marlins. Sheffield was one of the top hitters in baseball in the 90s.

 

Following his retirement, he has been staying out of sight and keeping a low profile, watching his sons embark on their own baseball journey and awaiting his Hall of Fame induction.

 

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A Hall of Fame induction will mean a lot to these former players. These finalists have made tons of history on the baseball field, but to be a part of baseball history in Cooperstown would be even better.

These MLBbros getting inducted would also add to the rich legacy of African-American baseball players and allow them a spotlight to share their unique baseball journeys with the baseball world. 

MLBbros & Iconic Moments In All-Star History

MLBbros & Iconic Moments In All-Star History

The MLB All-Star Game will finally return next week after a oneyear hiatus.

As anticipation builds for the first MLB All-Star since COVID flipped the sports world upside down, I thought it would be a good idea to kick the week off with a few dope All-Star moments from some legendary MLBbros.

 

The Last Black All-Star MVP

Before Vladdy Jr. captured the hearts of Americans (and Canadians), there was another former clubhouse kid who set the baseball world on fire.

Prince Fielder, son of slugger Cecil Fielder, stepped onto Chase Field in Arizona for his third All-Star appearance (and first of three straight).

Fielder made sure his presence was felt, going 1-for-2 with a three-run bomb in the fourth inning that put the National League up for good.

 

 


The young slugger finished the season batting .299 with 38 bombs, 120 RBI and 107 walks. He would go on to make the All-Star team
three more times before his retirement.

Torii Robs Barry

 

In one of the most iconic moments in recent All-Star Game history, Home Run King Barry Bonds stepped into the box at Miller Park looking to put the National League up early.

Unfortunately for Bonds, nine-time Gold Glove winner and fellow MLBbro Torii Hunter was manning center field .

 

 


As Bonds unloaded on the 1-1 pitch from Derek Lowe, Hunter made a
beeline for the right-center field fence. Breaking his dead sprint, Torii begins to time his jump perfectly before leaping to rob Bonds.

The play turned out to be the deciding factor in the game, as the game ended in a 7-7 tie.


The Kid Hits The Warehouse

An Oral History of Ken Griffey Jr.’s MLB Home Run Derby Dopeness

 


I’m sure you’ve seen the clip 1000 times, but you can’t speak about All-Star weekend without talking about Junior.

The 13-time All-Star has given us countless memories over the years, but arguably his most iconic came in Camden Yards.

During the 1993 Home Run Derby, Ken Griffey Jr. came into his fourth straight All-Star appearance on the verge of his first 40-homer season and the beginning of his Seattle prime.

But it was the Derby where Griffey made his mark. With his trademark backwards hat and milliondollar swing, he crushed a baseball out of Camden and off of the warehouse next door. Just look at that swing, truly a work of art.

Back-to-Back-to-Back Black Champs

MLB history is full of Black sluggers, and the Home Run Derby has been the perfect place to display the pop.

But from 1994 to 1996, the MLBbros exclusively held down the Derby crown. As a matter of fact, two of those three seasons, the final round was on full display with Black power.

In 1994 we saw Griffey Jr. defeat Atlanta Braves legend Fred McGriff at Three Rivers Stadium (thank God the cookiecutter stadium era ended.)

 

 

In 1995, the Black power surge continued, with Frank Thomas defeating his future teammate, then Cleveland Indians Albert Belle.

 

 

We saw the third straight Black champ in 1996 when Bonds defeated Mark McGwire.

 


We haven’t gotten a full All-Star Weekend since 2019
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So with all eyes on the baseball world, let’s hope our MLBbros can add to these moments.

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