Updated: Jan 27
What is going on ball, boys, and girls? Welcome to today's extra post of this week. Today we saw NO ONE inducted into the Hall of Fame. The 0 inductees are the first since 2013 and only the 4th time since 1961. I loved watching the broadcast of the Hall of Fame on MLB Network. The Hall of Famers' stories, hearing from the first-timers on the ballot, and the tribute's to Hank Aaron and the other nine baseball legends we have lost in the last 13 months. We saw a record of 14 blank ballots sent in. We saw the little movement for Schilling, Clemens, and Bonds. The blank ballots are a sure-sign of protest for Schilling, Clemens, Sosa, Bonds, all still being on the ballot.
The 2022 Ballot will feature Schilling, Clemens, and Bonds in their 10th and final year on the ballot. Alex Rodriquez and David Ortiz will join them in their first year. The 2020 ballot is certainly "juiced" with Clemens, Bonds, Manny, Sosa, Sheffield, A-Rod, and Ortiz.
Shortly after the results, Curt Schilling rightfully said the following: "I defer to the veteran's committee and men's whose opinions actually matter. Who are in a position to actually judge a player." Schilling says of Bonds & Clemens he "now somehow (is) in a conversation with two men who cheated, and instead of being accountable they chose to destroy others lives to protect their lie." I agree with Schilling, granted; yes, he has had some bad tweets and social media stuff in recent years. The only performance that should matter is those great 20 years on the field and not what has happened since being long removed from the game.
Where everyone stands now is as follows:
Curt Schilling(71.1, +1.6%), Barry Bonds(61.8 , +1.1%), Roger Clemens(61.6 +0.6%) are all above 60%, with Schilling falling 16 votes shy. Bonds and Clemens need 53+ sympathy votes to get in next year.
Scott Rolen(52.9 +17.2%) was the most significant jump of all players.
Omar Vizquel(49.1%, -3/5%), Billy Wagner(46.4%, +14/7%), Todd Helton(44.9%, +15.7%), Gary Sheffield(40.6%, +10.1%)- Out of all this grop Vizquel dropped 3+% in the vote.
Andruw Jones(33.9%, +14.5%), Jeff Kent (32.4%, +4.9%)
Sammy Sosa(17% +3.1%), Andy Pettitte(13.7%, +2.4%), Mark Buehrle(11%)
Torii Hunter(9.5%), Bobby Abreu(8.7% +3.2%), Tim Hudson(5.2%)
Now off the ballot with >5%:
Aramis Ramirez, Latroy Hawkins, Barry Zito, AJ Burnett, Michael Cuddyer, Dan Harden, Nick Swisher, Shane Victorino
I want to give you the ten players I would have voted for if I was a BBWAA Writer:
Barry Bonds- The HR King, one of the greatest players of all time. Bonds could do whatever he wanted with the bat, whenever he wanted to do so. A true legend in my eyes, with one of the sweetest swings.
Curt Schilling- By far the best regular-season pitchers and possibly the best post-season pitcher of all time. Schilling has three rings and just an incredible career.
Rodger Clemens- The Rocket was one of the greatest, if not the greatest regular-season pitcher of all time with 7 Cy Young awards. No doubt a Hall of Famer.
Scott Rolen- One of the best defenders of all time and just was able always to be a competitor on the diamond.
Billy Wagner- One of the most dominant relievers who owns the best K/9 with at least 900IP.
Gary Sheffield- One of the best power hitters we have seen in recent memory. A better player in terms of WAR than HoF Vlad Guerrero.
Sammy Sosa- The moment we all remember most from Sammy is right after 9/11 when he hit a home run and ran around the diamond with a flag in his hand. That was legendary.
Torii Hunter- The best average/power/defender for years. Nine gold gloves, a true man on and off the diamond, and a great teammate to many.
Andy Pettitte- By far one of the best post-season pitchers ever. He, the all-time leader for playoff wins, won and won the 5/8 world series he pitched in.
Jeff Kent- Consistency from 97-04 with 100+RBI for those seasons. Kent was a solid player and was able to beat out Barry Bonds for an MVP.
If there were the 11th vote, I would vote Omar Vizquel in.
Thank you guys for being with me today. I hope you enjoyed the blog today. Please stay tuned through the winter; we have more Around the Horn, Yearly Reviews, Ball Boy Talk, and of course, the Podcast. Don't forget to share with a friend and until next time Ball boys & girls.
Thanks for reading today, I am so grateful for your time reading, and I hope you enjoyed reviewing the winners as much as I have. I also want to thank my partners over at Repp Sports for RAZE Energy. Thanks to this clean and sufficient energy, I can have the intense focus to deliver content to you guys consistently. Click here to save 15% right now with the code "BALL BOY" at check out.