Minnesota Twins No. 2 Hall of Fame Candidate: Torii Hunter
The No. 4 player on last year’s list, Torii Hunter is the only Twins player on the Hall of Fame ballot that has actually received votes, bringing home 9.5% last year. He hasn’t been as successful as he was last year, but he should grab enough votes to hang around on the ballot for one more year.
There’s a lot about his case to like. Hunter has nine Gold Gloves, 5 All-Star appearances, two Silver Slugger awards, and 350 homers. On top of that, he’s got 195 steals and one of the best defensive resumes on the list. If he is able to hang on the ballot until 2023, his chances improve even more.
Even though Andruw Jones is basically better version of Hunter, he’s currently getting 52.5% of the vote and with Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa off the ballot, Hunter will have a real shot. There’s a real (however small) chance he can gather up enough votes by the time his ten years are up. Chances: 10%