Other Minnesota Twins who could get into the Hall of Fame next year
Mauer isn't the only Twins icon who is up for Hall of Fame votes. Torii Hunter was on this year's ballot -- his fourth time being up for election -- but received only 6.9 percent of the vote. Francisco Liriano is eligible for Hall of Fame votes in 2025, but his case is unlikely to garner much support. .
Current BWWAA election rules state that a player who receives fewer than 5 percent of the vote is removed from all future ballots. Players who receive above the minimum but not enough to be elected can't linger on ballots forever, either. No player can remain on the ballot for longer than 10 years without being elected, or they will be removed.
That's a rule that has cut the chances of Twins greats like Justin Morneau, Joe Nathan, and Johan Santana making the Hall of Fame, as all three received fewer than 5 percent of the vote and were removed from future ballots. That doesn't end their hopes of making it into Cooperstown, however, as the Contemporary Baseball Era Players Committee can take players no longer on the ballot and elect them to the Hall of Fame. That's what happened with Fred McGriff, who was removed from the ballot in 2019 but was elected by the CBEPC this year.
So while Mauer is the next likliest Twins player to make the Hall of Fame, there's still hope for others.