There might be 50 future Hall of Famers in baseball right now

Elite Kids Jamon Brown Jersey Whenever the Hall of Fame or one of its committees neglects to induct anyone, representatives of the institution typically give the same line that fewer than 2 percent of all players in baseball history are Hall of Famers, and that it’s extraordinarily difficult to get into Cooperstown.

This line isn’t fiction. But does it mean that at any given time, just 2 percent of MLB players — or 15 players out of 750, until rosters expand in September — are destined for the Hall of Fame? Not so much.

Authentic Kids Vince Dunn Jersey If history is any guide, there might be at least 50 future Hall of Famers active in the majors right now, at different stages of their careers. Some, such as Ichiro Suzuki, are just shy of retirement. Others, such as Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw, already seem like locks. Still others are first- or second-year players on few fans’ Cooperstown radars. It’d be ridiculous to try to spitball on some of the players in the latter group.

The centerpiece for the Bulls here appears to be 22-year-old Cameron Payne, but the second-year Murray State product wasn’t exhibiting much value other than as Westbrook’s dance partner. Payne’s 6.1 player efficiency rating is tied for the worst in the NBA among players averaging at least 15 minutes per game. The Bulls now have the game’s two worst in PER, as Payne’s co-bottom feeder is Chicago rookie forward Paul Zipser. Additionally, Payne’s 33.1 field goal percentage would be third-worst of any player topping that 15 mpg plateau. The point guard averages just 4.5 assists per 36 minutes and isn’t looking much like a future impact player in the league, let alone this season.