MLB World Series: 5 Players That Need A Ring The Most
There is something about the World Series that brings a different level of awe and mystique to the game of baseball. It is always exciting to see your team or even an underdog team winning the title at the end of a very long season. It is also is exciting to see a player that has played the game for so long and on so many poor teams to finally get his shot at the coveted World Series ring.
There are a bunch of players that have not won a World Series ring and still made it to the Hall of Fame. You can name any Chicago Cubs player that was recently inducted into the Hall to never win a World Series ring. The ring does not give you a ticket to Cooperstown but it helps out your resume a lot.
Even the greats like Ted Williams and Ty Cobb never won a ring. However, if they did, they wouldn’t have needed all the records to make a case for their tickets to the Hall.
A World Series ring is extremely important for those that are on the cusp of Hall of Fame potential to one-time balloters. A ring helps whole-heartedly.
In this slide show you will look at the players that need a ring the most. Not that they could not make the Hall of Fame, just that if they were to win the World Series, it would help their cause even more.
Justin Verlander is the sport's best pitcher. He has won a Cy Young, an MVP and a Rookie of the Year award as well as playing for some bad Detroit Tigers teams. Verlander needs a ring bad. If he does not get it with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder in the lineup, he may never get one.
Josh Hamilton has been to the World Series twice. He is one of the best players in the game and has overcome adversity numerous times to get where he is right now. The impending free agent is another player that needs a ring to solidify his legacy.
Ichiro is one of the best hitters that this generation has ever seen. He has given himself a better chance of winning a World Series with the New York Yankees. Ichiro has 2608 hits in just 12 years of being in Major League Baseball. If there's anyone that deserves it, it is Ichiro.
Carlos Beltran has a good shot of becoming a World Series champion with the St. Louis Cardinals this season. Beltran has played over 15 years and suspecting that he has about two or three left in the tank, now is the best chance for him to get that ring.
Jim Thome has also appeared in two World Series and he thought he could played in a third with the Baltimore Orioles this year before being upended by the New York Yankees. Thome's 612 home runs makes him more than deserving of a World Series ring. Does he have a 23rd year in him for one last shot?