Minnesota Twins: FanSided 2021 Hall of Fame Ballot Chooses…Nobody!
By Otto Johnson
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.