Due to the infrequent addition of members into the 50 home run club, Baseball Digest called it "a restrictive fraternity comprising slugging elite"  in 1954, when there were only six members. Of the seventeen members eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame , eight have been elected and three were elected on the first ballot. Eligibility requires that a player has "been retired five seasons" or deceased for at least six months,  disqualifying four active players and five players who have been retired for less than five seasons. Some believe the milestone has become less important with the large number of new members;   fifteen players joined the club on a total of 24 occasions from 1995 to 2010.  Additionally, several of these recent members have had ties to performance-enhancing drugs .    
I don't know what the future holds. That's up to God. The only thing I can control is to get ready every day to play baseball and that's what I'm firmly focused on right now. To be honest, the truth is that at first I was giving a lot of thought to my free agency. But, thank God, I have a great teammate who just went through that, and that's Edwin Encarnacion , and he has always given me advice and talked to me about free agency. He always tells me to focus on playing my style of baseball and to have fun, and that has helped me a lot, especially in the second half of the season.