Arizona Diamondbacks — Madison Bumgarner
Lifetime Stats: 120-96, 3.20 ERA, 1824 SO
Though he won’t be entering the Hall of Fame as a member of the Diamondbacks, Madison Bumgarner is a lock for Cooperstown as a result of his time with the San Francisco Giants. At his best, Mad Bum was one of the best pitchers in baseball — and arguably the second-best lefty in the game. From 2013-16, Bumgarner went 64-37 with a 2.86 ERA.
A four-time All-Star, Bumgarner’s legacy is firmly intact due to his postseason exploits. En route to three World Series wins with the Giants (’10, ’12, ’14), Bumgarner went 7-3 and famously came out of the bullpen in Game 7 against the Royals. He tossed five innings of two-hit ball just three nights removed from pitching a complete game shutout in Game 5.
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Atlanta Braves — Freddie Freeman
Lifetime Stats: 240 HR, 858 RBI, 1524 H, .295/.383/.509
While the Braves have a young star in Ronald Acuna Jr. (who could be on a Hall of Fame trajectory), Freddie Freeman is the best bet to enter Cooperstown at this time. The star first baseman has long been one of the most underrated players in baseball. Recently, he finally garnered enough support to win the 2020 NL MVP.
Over the last five seasons, Freeman has hit .306/.400/.557 with 136 homers. In that time, Freeman has been selected to two All-Star teams — four total for his career — and has three other top-8 finishes for the NL MVP award. Only 31 years old, Freeman has plenty of time to strengthen his Hall of Fame case.
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