If you happen to thought the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot was a contentious debate over statistics, character and PEDs, simply wait till Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz be a part of subsequent yr. Not solely will or not it’s the primary probability for writers to weigh in on Rodriguez and Ortiz, it is going to be the ultimate time on the poll for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling (though Schilling did ask to be removed from his closing yr on the poll) and Sammy Sosa.
Whereas Bonds and Clemens have seen their vote proportion enhance in recent times, the BBWAA has didn’t elect them regardless of their standing as two of probably the most statistically completed gamers within the sport’s historical past. Sosa, who hit 609 residence runs, hasn’t even cleared 20%. Schilling, with 216 wins and his file as one of many best postseason pitchers of all time, had the best vote complete of any participant this yr however fell simply quick — little doubt partially to his controversial social media habits.
Now Rodriguez and Ortiz will be a part of the fray, making the 2022 poll maybe probably the most troublesome one but in clarifying the place we’re going with all this.