I watched the movie Paterson recently, and I'm not quite sure what I think of it. I liked it, but beyond that I'm uncertain. So this will be as much about me working out my own thoughts through writing as anything else.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
How many Hall of Famers are playing baseball right now? The pedantic answer is "none". You can't officially be a Hall of Fame baseball player until at least 5 years after retirement. (Unless you're dead, in which case an exception can be made.) But clearly there must be some. Barring injury or other dramatic change, Mike Trout is well on his way. Ichiro is a lock. But surely there are also some lurking out there who are not so obvious. Is there any way to figure out how many and maybe who they are?
Let's take a look at answering that. First, we should take the pulse of the Hall of Fame and take a stab at how many players in a given year will end up in the Hall of Fame. Fortunately for us, I've looked at this before for other reasons and we can repurpose the data. Looks like we're going to have to juuuuump!