Career Numbers: .291 average, 288 Homeruns, 1363 RBIs, 2470 hits, .982 fielding %
Accolades: 2x All-Star, 1x Gold Glove, 1x Silver Slugger
Bobby Abreu spent the prime of his career in a Phillies uniform, racking up 1,474 of his nearly 2,500 hits in red and white pinstripes.
He may have ‘only’ been a part of two All-Star teams, but Abreu was a consistently great hitter during his prime, which lasted for a decade.
Abreu’s best season was in 2004, when he hit 30 homers while also swiping 40 bags. Bobby was an extra-base hit machine, hitting more than 40 doubles seven times.
The only players with 550 doubles and 400 stolen bases in major league history are Tris Speaker, Ty Cobb, Craig Biggio, Honus Wagner, Paul Molitor, Barry Bonds, and Bobby Abreu.
That club gets even more exclusive when you look at players with at least 280 home runs, leaving Abreu with Biggio and Bonds.
He was no slouch on the defensive side of the ball, patrolling the corner outfield positions for much his career, winning one Gold Glove. Abreu’s numbers wain only in the fact that he played a power-hitting position, and was essentially not the same player past age 34. He must hope the voters take into consideration consistency and longevity, but Abreu was nearly a five-tool player and he is likely deserving of a spot, just not the first time around.
Career Numbers: .272 average, 305 Homeruns, 1207 RBIs, 2034 hits, .987 fielding %
Accolades: 1x All-Star
Raul Ibanez was a late bloomer in his professional career, not becoming a full-time starting contributor until he was 29 years old and on his second MLB team.
From there, Ibanez’s career took off, as he recorded over 100 RBIs four times and over 30 doubles 10 times. His fielding may not have been anything to write home about, but Ibanez was a solid corner outfielder throughout his career.
“Rauuuuul,” as he was known in his short tenure with the Phillies, was a major contributor to the 2009 World Series runner-up Phillies in likely the best offensive season of his career. Raul was never a threat on the bases, but always had the ability to get scorching hot at any times.
If he does go into the Hall, Raul will likely enter Cooperstown as a member of the Seattle Mariners. His lack of overall production and limited accolades make Ibanez the least likely candidate on this list to enter the Hall, but you never know what the voters are looking for.