So how about that Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken?
The Hit Machine and the Iron Man both got inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this past weekend, which with their stats, was as big a no-brainer as one could imagine. This follows on the heels of our sport's no-brainer inductees: Sampras and Sanchez-Vicario. However, looking at the current rankings are there any other no-brainers (of course, recent retirees Agassi and Clijsters will go) that will make it into the Hall in Newport? Here's what I came up with from both the ATP and WTA rankings.
From the men's side:
Roger Federer: Duh.
Rafael Nadal: See above.
Andy Roddick: Number 1, a Slam (so far), three runner-up finishes in Majors (so far) and titles on every surface.
Lleyton Hewitt: It seems so far ago now and kind of hard to believe, but he was actually a pretty dominant number 1 for a couple of years.
Marat Safin: Yes, the headcase goes. Two Slams, finalist in two others and a number 1 ranking, but man, what could have been.
Carlos Moya: Number 1, a Slam, a runner-up and winning in Umag this past weekend only helps the cause as he racks up the titles.
Bob and Mike Bryan: Dominance in doubles along the line of Federer. But not to knock them by any means, those guys should have way more Slams than they do now.
For the women, here's who:
Venus and Serena Williams: Double duh.
Justine Henin: For sure. I'm a big fan of career Slams, so I hope she gets her Wimbledon.
Maria Sharapova: Yes; number 1 for a stretch and a couple of Slams.
Amelie Mauresmo: The same as above.
Lindsay Davenport: Yeah, she's in. Ages ago, my old doubles partner/tennis-talking buddy and I used to always pose this question to each other: Who's tennis career would you rather have? And one I asked him after she won the U.S. Open was Davenport or Mary Joe Fernandez? I thought MJ's three runner-up appearances would beat Davenport's what I thought would be fluke Slam. Little did I know back then.
Martina Hingis: That 1997 was a sight to see. Damn Iva Majoli! Ruining history!
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