With Hall of Fame voting behind us and the Class of 2023 set to take the stage this summer, it’s time to start looking at future potential Hall of Fame classes.
The 2024 ballot will feature a whole host of new faces with some legendary career stats to their names.
But a few current pitchers seem to be on track for the Hall of Fame soon.
Obviously, with them still active, that won’t come in 2024, and it won’t come until five years after their respective careers are over.
But four of the best pitchers in MLB history, Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, and Zack Greinke, have some pretty strong cases for future inductions.
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Obviously, one of the first things that writers, and the Hall of Fame for that matter, are going to look at is how many Cy Young Awards the pitchers have won.
Between the four aces, there have been 10 Cy Young seasons, with Kershaw, Verlander, and Scherzer having won the award three times each.
But innings pitched is also something that is worth considering.
In that category, Greinke leads the pack with a grand total of 3,247 innings pitched in his career.
But Verlander isn’t too far behind him, having pitched 3,163 innings over the course of his storied career.
ERA+ is another important stat to consider.
Greinke also leads the pack in that category, with an ERA+ of 123.
But each of the other starters on the list have respectable ERA+ marks.
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