The Hall of Fame's Class of 2017 will be announced on January 18th, but in the mean time, a lot of digital ink is being spent on predictions and other Hall think pieces.
One of those pieces was recently posted on ESPN.com's SweetSpot blog, with a look at who could be representing each team in the majors in the Hall at some point in the future. It's an exercise done mostly in fun, trying to predict not only who will get into the Hall, but which cap they would wear on their plaque.
There are some obvious picks for a few teams (Jeff Bagwell, who seems to be on the verge of getting elected in the next year or two, for the Astros, Chipper Jones for the Braves, etc.), but there also some, well, unusual picks.
That includes the pick for Milwaukee Brewers.
Mauricio Dubon (2047). In one of the great heists in trade history, Dubon came over from the Red Sox as part of the Tyler Thornburg trade in 2016 and ends up winning four batting titles, stealing more than 300 bases and playing good shortstop for more than a decade with the Brewers.
That's, uh, an interesting pick. Though Dubon is considered to be an organizational top-10 prospect, that’d certainly a rosy outlook for a guy who appears more likely to become Hernan Perez than Derek Jeter. Dubon’s theoretical breakout would be dependent on him supplanting Orlando Arcia at the six in the very near future, which would not be a desirable outcome for the player who has long been considered Milwaukee’s top prospect.
The post is meant to be a fun exercise, but it's also worth noting that Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens all get the eventual HOF nod in that post, but Ryan Braun isn't considered for the Brewers.
What do you think? Is the next Brewers Hall of Famer on the roster at this point? Is he even in the system yet? If Hernan Perez is the Latin Babe Ruth, does that make Dubon the Latin Hank Aaron?