4 – Jayson Werth (2%)
This ranking for Jayson Werth may seem high for some, but part of that comes down to the fact that he has actually retired, so gets the first crack at the ballot. But that also doesn’t change the impact that he had on the Washington Nationals franchise.
During his 15 year career, Werth slashed .267/.360/.455 with 229 home runs, 799 RBI and an OPS+ of 117. In that time, he made one All-Star appearance and received MVP votes four times in his career.
But what he was able to off the field is also credible as he was one of the key contributors to the Nationals’ turnaround. But unfortunately, that’s not a big part of the voters’ decision process, meaning Werth may not even make the ballot at all.
Werth doesn’t have the resume compared to others who may pop up at a similar time, as he was generally considered a good but not great player. The outfielder also seemed to tail off pretty significantly in final three years of his career which hurts his case too.
And even after all of that, if the voters for some reason deem him Hall of Fame worthy, which is very unlikely, he may go as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. That’s where he won his sole World Series and made a name for himself that allowed him to sign the seven-year $126 million deal in Washington.