FanSided experts for teams across the league got together and voted, including myself as the expert for the Minnesota Twins and Puckett’s Pond. While this was a fun experience, not a single player made it past the 75% threshold for election.
This is a little bit surprising for me as a voter. I have been, and always will be a fan of a bigger Hall of Fame for the most part. I think there are a lot of deserving guys, and despite some of them being people who I think should wait a little bit, I still would vote for them because I wanted them to remain on the ballot.
With that being said, here were the results from the ballot:
Barry Bonds, 25/39 (64%); Andruw Jones, 23/39 (59%); Roger Clemens, 23/39 (59%); Scott Rolen, 22/39 (56%), Billy Wagner, 20/39 (51%), Todd Helton, 20/39 (51%); Curt Schilling, 20/39 (51%); Manny Ramirez, 13/39 (33%); Gary Sheffield, 12/39 (31%); Bobby Abreu, 9/39 (23%); Sammy Sosa, 8/39 (20%); Andy Pettitte, 8/39 (21%); Jeff Kent, 7/39 (18%); Mark Buehrle, 7/39 (18%); Torii Hunter, 6/39 (15%); Omar Vizquel, 5/39 (13%); Tim Hudson, 4/39 (10%); A.J. Burnett, 2/39 (5%); Aramis Ramirez, 2/39 (5%); Barry Zito, 1/39 (3%).
First a few trends:
- With over 50% of the vote for the 2021 class, Andruw Jones, Scott Rolen, Billy Wagner, and Todd Helton all jumped at least 9% from the 2020 voting.
- Steroid users took a big loss, with Bonds, Clemens, Ramirez, Sheffield, and Sosa all were moved back in terms of voting numbers.
- Players who have had either done or said controversial things, namely Omar Vizquel and Curt Schilling, fell a lot as well, with Vizquel likely unable to come back.
Next a couple notes:
- Former Minnesota Twins star Torii Hunter garnered 15% of the vote, more than enough to stay on the ballot. Hopefully he gets close to that in real life and stays on the ballot long enough to sneak in.
- I think the BBWAA will opt to vote in at least one player to the Hall of Fame, despite the FanSided group opting not to.