Members of the 2017 Houston Astros may end up in the Hall of Fame discussion, but they’ll probably face all sorts of scrutiny.
The 2017 Houston Astros team was a remarkable one. It accomplished incredible things shortly after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Bayou City. That World Series team will forever be fondly remembered in Houston.
However, there will be some who will hold grudges against that team, and that could potentially make things difficult for some of the iconic members of that roster who should enter into the Hall of Fame discussion once they are eligible.
Justin Verlander and Jose Altuve are probably the two players from that 2017 World Series team with the best shot at being able to get a shot at the Hall of Fame, but whether they are deserving or not, it won’t be easy for them to make it in.
Will members of Houston Astros 2017 World Series team make it into the Hall of Fame?
Despite the fact that there’s a lack of evidence that could actually tie Altuve to Houston’s sign-stealing scandal, that doesn’t mean baseball fans will examine his legacy logically or baseball writers will consider all of the facts in any given year that he is eligible.
Despite there being little reason to legitimately believe conspiracy theories about buzzers, people largely latched on to the claim that Altuve was apparently using some sort of wearable device that was used to indicate what pitch was headed his way to give him some sort of advantage.
That won’t stop memes and conspiracy theorists and it likely will forever have some sort of attachment to the 2017 title that Houston won. Unfortunately for Altuve and others who could make their way into the Hall of Fame conversation once eligible, there’s a very strong chance this will adversely impact their chances at Cooperstown.
For many, it largely doesn’t matter that other teams were also cheating using similar methods. It probably won’t matter to some that the Astros may not have had a significant advantage when they went on to win it all in 2017. Because of the way the Houston sign-stealing scandal was handled and the way some have vilified members of that team, expect the Hall of Fame to be a challenge for anyone attached to that roster.
While guys like Verlander, Altuve, Carlos Correa, and Alex Bregman will likely be the ones that have the best chance to ultimately make it into the Hall of Fame, they all face a tough uphill battle against the way people perceive their World Series title.