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Matt Cain, Jeff Kent provide Giants ties to 2023 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

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Kane and Kent tie Giants to 2023 baseball hall ballots originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

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SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds’ time on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot has come to an end, but the Giants are still well represented on the 2023 ballot.

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Matt Cain was one of 14 recently retired players who were added to the ballot this year, joining a group of survivors flagged by Jeff Kent who will get his last chance at induction by baseball writers. Kane won’t hit and most likely won’t get the five percent needed to stay on the ballot for a second year, but it’s still a good honor for a player who has been instrumental in three World Series runs and had a single perfect game. . in franchise history.

From the Giants’ perspective, the focus of the vote this year will be Kent, who hit 377 homers and holds the record for home runs by a second baseman but failed to garner much support from voters. Kent had seen steady growth on the ballot over the previous nine years, but with 32.7 percent of the vote in 2022, he was still well behind induction. Players must be on 75% of the ballots to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

There are 28 players on the ballot, and it’s entirely possible that none of them will be elected. Kent is too far away, and among the returning players, Scott Rolen leads the way with 63.2% last year. While Rolen needs about 50 votes to get over the hump, he needs to benefit from many big names including Bonds, Roger Clements and David Ortiz who were dropped last year.

In addition to Cain, this year’s ballot included newcomers Carlos Beltran, Jason Werth, Mike Napoli, R.A. Dickey, John Lackey, Francisco Rodriguez, Houston Street and others. Players must be retired within five years to be eligible. While Kane made three All-Star teams and helped the Giants to three titles, injuries hampered him late in his career and he finished with a 104–118 record and a 3.68 ERA in 13 seasons with the Giants.

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Kent, Kane and others will find out how they are doing when the results are released at the end of January. In early December, the Baseball Hall will announce the results of this ballot in the era of modern baseball for the yearincluding bonds.

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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