Baseball Hall of Fame 2022 Announcement FAQs
As was the case in so many clutch moments during his storied career with the Red Sox, all eyes are on David Ortiz as we eagerly await the announcement of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022. .
After no player was voted out in last year’s Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot, Ortiz – who is taking part in this process for the first time – has by far the best chance of being selected when the results will be revealed at 6 p.m. ET tonight on MLB Network. Live coverage leading up to the announcement is now airing on MLB Network.
Here are the answers to tonight’s most pressing questions:
How can I watch?
Coverage of the 2022 Hall of Fame announcement is underway on MLB Network, with a reveal of the results by Hall of Fame President Josh Rawitch at 6 p.m.
You can also watch the show, which is hosted by Greg Amsinger, Brian Kenny and Lauren Shehadi, on MLB.com (simulcast here or by clicking play on the video at the top of this story) and in the MLB app on connected devices.
A first-round entry for Big Papi?
Ortiz, who retired after the 2016 season, most definitely has Hall of Fame numbers — 541 home runs, 632 doubles, 1,768 RBIs, a .931 OPS, 10 All-Star selections, seven Silver Slugger Awards, three World Series titles, etc. .
But in addition to some voters reserving “first-round Hall of Fame” status for a select few, Ortiz also has to deal with bias against the designated hitter role (the BBWAA has never voted a DH as MVP of the league, and it took Edgar Martinez the maximum of 10 years to be elected to the Hall) and concerns about performance-enhancing drugs. Ortiz reportedly tested positive in the 2003 investigative tests that were conducted to guide future enforcement policy and were never intended to be made public. But Ortiz played 13 seasons under a drug policy and did not test positive once during that time.
In Ryan Thibodaux’s tracking of publicly released ballots, Ortiz had 84% support at the time of this writing (with just under 45% of the estimated ballots known). Typically, player percentages decrease in actual results, as voters who keep their ballots private generally tend to vote for fewer players.
Will voters launch another shutout?
Last year’s empty result marked only the ninth time in the BBWAA process that no player has been selected. This never happened for consecutive years.
Last year, a record 14 blank ballots were cast out of 401 submitted. Blank ballots – as opposed to voters simply abstaining from the process – affect the percentages of all players.
Will Schilling, Bonds or Clemens get Hall’s last call?
It was the 10th and final time on the ballot for Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, all of whom have had complicated and contentious cases that have kept them from reaching the 75% threshold so far. Last year, Schilling was ticked with 71.1% of the votes cast, dropping only 16 votes. Bonds (61.8%) and Clemens (61.6%) trailed even further.
Immediately after the revelation of last year’s vote, Schilling posted a letter on social media that he had written to the Hall of Fame in which he criticized the way he had been portrayed in the media and asked to be removed. of the 2022 ballot. The Hall of Fame’s board voted unanimously to reject Schilling’s request. But in public tracking, Schilling had lost a net total of 21 votes at the time of this writing.
Bonds and Clemens, who have both been associated with PEDs, each got two votes from returning voters in public tracking, but would need major help from anonymous voters to have any chance of getting in. .
Sammy Sosa is also on that ballot for the last time but only received 17% support last year.
Will Rolen keep rolling?
Scott Rolen was unsuccessful in last year’s vote, but he was still a big winner in this poll, dropping from 35.3% support in 2020 to 52.9%. Going from 52.9 (79 votes before entry) to 75 might be too high a command for Rolen, who is on the ballot for the fifth time. But it will be interesting to see how close he can get as more voters weigh in on his case as a productive and defensively solid third baseman. In public tracking, he had a net gain of 12 votes from returning voters.
What are the other key names to watch?
Crossing the 50% threshold, as Rolen did last year, is an important step on the road to 75 years. A few others are lucky this year:
Among the public ballots, Helton had won 12 votes, Wagner 10 and Jones eight, with Sheffield losing two votes.
Omar Vizquel’s case was in relatively good shape with 52.6% support in 2020. But during the 2021 voting period, The Athletic published domestic abuse allegations made by Vizquel’s ex-wife, and his support dropped to 49.1%. The fallout from those allegations, along with a recent lawsuit accusing Vizquel of sexually harassing a minor league batboy, caused Vizquel to lose support on the ballots of 45 returning voters, according to Public Tracking. Vizquel denied his ex-wife’s allegations and declined to comment on the lawsuit.
During his retirement years, Alex Rodriguez used his broadcasting career to reshape his public image after a turbulent playing career. Rodriguez missed the entire 2014 season due to a suspension by MLB for use and possession of PEDs as a result of the Biogenesis investigation. And though he never tested positive on the joint drug deal, A-Rod admitted to using PEDs from 2001 to 2003, and he apologized after the 2014 suspension.
Voters must weigh those facts against a clean statistical case – 696 home runs, 548 doubles, 2,086 RBIs, a .930 OPS, three MVP awards, 10 Silver Sluggers, 14 All-Star selections and a World Series title with the Yankees in 2009.
Although A-Rod fell well short of first-round entry, he has by far the most support of any first-round candidate not named Ortiz, with 40.6% of public votes giving him the check mark.
Mark Teixeira, Ryan Howard, Torii Hunter, Tim Lincecum, Prince Fielder, Jimmy Rollins, Jonathan Papelbon, Justin Morneau, Carl Crawford, Jake Peavy, Joe Nathan and AJ Pierzynski were other newbies on that ballot. Players must be selected on at least 5% of ballots submitted in order to remain on the ballot the following year.