All the talk recently been about the Los Angeles Angels maybe finally getting a hall of fame inductee in Vladimir Guerrero. Another former Angel, shortstop Orlando Cabrera is also Hall of Fame eligible. What are his chances to make it in?
When the Los Angeles Angels let go fan favorite, shortstop David Eckstein fans wondered who would replace him. Enter Gold Glove shortstop Orlando Cabrera. The Angels signed Cabrera in 2005 and he played in Anaheim until 2007.
Cabrera had three very good years in Anaheim especially in 2007 when he finished 15th in the MVP race and also won the Gold Glove. He hit .301 with eight homers and 86 runs batted in with 20 stolen bases and a .347 OBP. Overall in three years with the Angels he hit .281 with 25 home runs and 215 runs batted in with 68 stolen bases.
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Cabrera had a very good career hitting .272 with 123 homers and 854 RBI’s stealing 216 bases. He won another Gold Glove in 2001 with Montreal as well. Now the question is whether or not Cabrera is Hall of Fame worthy. Cabrera is in his first year of eligibility on the ballot and he will almost assuredly not make the HOF this season.
Will Cabrera get more than the 5% of the vote in order to stay on the ballot in the future, most likely not. Should Cabrera get some consideration though, yes. He was definitely one of the better shortstops of his era, but with names like Derek Jeter, A-Rod, Miguel Tejeda, and Jimmy Rollins, Cabrera gets lost in the shuffle.
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This happens to many good players who have fringe Hall of Fame numbers like Cabrera. He was definitely one of the best fielding shortstop of his era for sure, but defensive shortstops don’t get much recognition unless your last name is Smith or you come through in the clutch and are captain of the best dynasty in baseball like Derek Jeter was.
Orlando Cabrera was definitely an above average shortstop and was also a good guy while he was with the Angels, but he will probably not get the call to the hall unless it is by the Major League Baseball Veterans Committee.
On the other hand Cabrera’s teammate in both Montreal and Anaheim, Vladimir Guerrero is also eligible for the hall this year. Guerrero has got a very good chance to be voted into the hall as a first-ballot hall of famer. If he does Guerrero could be the first player to go into the hall as an Angel. Only time will tell for both Guerrero and Cabrera.