Jacob deGrom passed Tim Lincecum on the way to Johan Santana with Roy Halladay as his destination.
This is deGrom's Hall of Fame path. He tries to balance a late start in his major league career and move from impressive to immortal.
DeGrom’s Cooperstown brand would be browned if he won a third consecutive Cy Young award. Eleven pitchers have won two in a row. Only Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson did more and both won four times in a row. This only increased the candidacy of two winners with 300 games that would be shortlisted for the best pitcher of all time, and Hall of Fame also bans without four consecutive Cys.
DeGrom won't sniff 300 wins. He'll probably never make 200. It takes at least two more good years to reach 100 (he's 66). However, as we've seen, the modern baseball writers association of America voter deGrom's consecutive Cy Youngs downgraded victories as key statistics – and seasoned BBWAA members voted for the Hall of Fame.
What would help deGrom is a third Cy Young – three in a row is best, but only a third Cy Young would be a real boost – some more successes after the season and years that look like the ones he's already registered Has. Ten pitchers have won at least three cy youngs. Everyone is in the hall, except for steroid-dyed Roger Clemens and active Clayton Kershsaw and Max Scherzer, who are probably already Cooperstown certainties.
When I asked Brodie Van Wagenen if he thought he saw a Hall of Famer, the GM from Mets said, "I will." Van Wagenen is not impartial since he represented DeGrom before becoming the executive director who recommended Mets to grant the right a five-year extension of $ 137.5 million – the same amount that Santana once did from the Mets was awarded.
Nevertheless, Van Wagenen summed up the status of the case well: “[DeGrom’s] The performance since he appeared in the big league has never waned. He has been an elite starter at the forefront of rotation since his rookie year. That was five years of his career. If he can repeat that over the next five years, he will be one of the dominant pitchers of his time, if not. For my book, that defines a Hall of Famer. "
DeGrom is actually six seasons in his career and counts his 2014 rookie with 22 starts. In order to participate in the election at all, a candidate must play at least ten seasons. DeGrom will need at least a decade of excellence to be well considered.
He is injured by a late start in his career. DeGrom was primarily a position player in college and lost to the minors one season after Tommy John's surgery. He only reached the majors a month before his 26th birthday.
Thirteen Hall of Famers didn't throw their first major league pitch before 25. But one was excluded from the majors and relegated to the Negro League until he was 42 (Satchel Paige). Three were helpers (Trevor Hoffman, Mariano Rivera and Hoyt Wilhelm). Two were ankle ballers (Wilhelm and Phil Niekro). Six threw their first MLB spot before World War I (Joe McGinnity, Mordecai Brown, Eddie Plank, Red Faber, Old Hoss Radbourn, Jack Chesbro), and the other two were canceled before World War II ended (Lefty Grove, Carl Hubbell ). So it's been a long time since anyone who started none of the ankles, reliefs, etc. as late as deGrom made it to Cooperstown.
However, Johnson was 10-13 with a 4.48 ERA at the ages of 24 and 25 before figuring out how to use the talent in his 6-foot-10 body. Dazzy Vance did not have an early success and only started his run as an outstanding strike artist of his time at 31 in 1922.
In contrast to a dazzy, Dizzy Dean made it to the Hall of Fame with a high climax over a period of six years. The best known is that Sandy Koufax did the same. But Dean threw 1,728 ¹ / peak innings, Koufax 1,632 ² / ₃ and deGrom 1,101 ² / ₃ at his six-year high. So his comparison will be with more modern starters with modern workloads that had high peaks.
Lincecum, like deGrom, won Cy Young's in a row. But at 27, he was a consistently excellent starter. So deGrom surpassed The Freak. DeGrom penetrates the territory of Ron Guidry and especially Santana. Both Guidry and Santana were not full-time starters in the Major League at the beginning of their careers – and lost the chance to produce larger, more attractive mass numbers. But their heights were very high.
Santana won Cys in 2004 and 2006 and should probably have it in 2005 (he was third). Had he won three times in a row, his Hall candidacy might have been increased. Instead, he became a victim of insufficient quantity to go with the great quality. He had nine great seasons, just five with more than 30 starts, and received 2.4 percent of the vote in his single year in the Hall poll – less than the 5 percent needed to continue.
Therefore deGrom Santana must surpass what Halladay makes the goal of the goal. Halladay had mixed successes between the ages of 21 and 24 and was demoted to minors in 2000 when he released an ERA of 10.64. But as of 2002, Halladay ran out of 10 years of brilliance, going 170-75, winning a 2.97 ERA, a 148 ERA plus, two Cy Youngs, finishing in the top 5 five more times and a no-hit in the playoffs , In his first election year, he was elected to the hall with 85.4 percent.
DeGrom has a 148 ERA Plus in six seasons. In his lonely postseason he had an ERA of 2.88 in four starts. He has taken impressive steps. Now he has to continue on his way from Halladay to get into the Hall of Fame.