Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for part of the BBWAA vote for the Class of 2023 was released on Monday. Considering that Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Kurt Schilling and Sammy Sosa withdrew from the last round of voting, things aren’t quite as polarized this time around, though there is still Alex Rodriguez. Headlining, yes, A-Rod along with Scott Rolen and top rookie Carlos Beltran.
Former players on the 28-man ballot will need to receive 75 percent of the votes of eligible BBWAA voters to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame next summer. Those who receive less than five percent of the vote are eliminated from the ballot. Anyone who wins between five and 75 percent of the vote can stay on the ballot for 10 years before falling out.
As already noted, the main newcomer this year is Beltran. The nine-time All-Star scored 2,725 career hits, including 565 doubles and 435 home runs, as well as 1,582 runs, 1,587 RBI and 312 stolen bases, and won three Golden Gloves. He also has a stellar postseason resume. However, his involvement in the 2017 Astros sign-theft scandal is likely to confuse his dealings with voters, so it will be interesting to see what impact that has.
He is probably the only newcomer who has a chance to get into the Hall. Perhaps Francisco Rodriguez (“K-Rod”) can escape, since he is also a rookie. The rest of the newcomers are likely to fall off the ballot after this voting cycle. Other freshman players: R.A. Dickey, Houston Street, John Lackey, Bronson Arroyo, Matt Cain, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jason Werth, Mike Napoli, Jared Weaver, JJ Hardy, Johnny Peralta and André Ethier.
As for the rescheduled ballots, here they are:
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BBWAA ballots are due by the end of the year and results will be announced on January 24, 2023.