Baseball Hall of Fame - 2021 Edition

12/31/2020 4:52 pm
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It's time for my Eighteenth annual "If I had a Hall of Fame Vote" post.

My previous ballots:
2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018 - 2019 - 2020

A few reminders:
1. Voters can vote for up to ten players.
2. I'm a "Big Hall" guy so I voted for ten.
3. I reserve the right not to have reasonable explanations for any or all of my selections.
4. To be inducted, players need to be named on 75% of the ballots cast.
5. The real results will be announced on January 26th.

Eligible Players:

Holdovers from last year - Bobby Abreu, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Todd Helton, Andruw Jones, Jeff Kent, Andy Pettitte, Manny Ramirez, Scott Rolen, Curt Schilling, Gary Sheffield, Sammy Sosa, Omar Vizquel, Billy Wagner

First-timers - Mark Buehrle, A.J. Burnett, Michael Cuddyer, Dan Haren, LaTroy Hawkins, Tim Hudson, Torii Hunter, Aramis Ramírez, Nick Swisher, Shane Victorino, Barry Zito

Go to Baseball Reference for player stats.


My Ballot:

Bobby Abreu - Eligible since 2020; 1st time on my ballot ('21)
Barry Bonds - Eligible since 2013; 9th time on my ballot ('13-'21)
Roger Clemens - Eligible since 2013; 9th time on my ballot ('13-'21)
Todd Helton - Eligible since 2019; 2nd time on my ballot ('20,’21)
Andrew Jones - Eligible since 2018; 2nd time on my ballot ('20,’21)
Manny Ramirez - Eligible since 2017; 2nd time on my ballot ('20,’21)
Scott Rolen - Eligible since 2018; 3rd time on my ballot ('19-'21)
Curt Schilling - Eligible since 2013; 7th time on my ballot ('13,'16-'21)
Gary Sheffield - Eligible since 2015; 1st time on my balot (‘20)
Sammy Sosa - Eligible since 2013; 2nd time on my ballot ('20,’21)


Dropped from last year's ballot:
Derek Jeter (elected)
Larry Walker (elected)

Added this year:
Bobby Abreu (first-time in top ten)
Gary Sheffield (first-time in top ten)

Eligible, and voted for in the past, but not this year:
None
thumbnailCAW1I0O3.gifMatt - 3535 Posts
12/31/2020 @ 05:08:08 PM
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Jeff Kent and Andy Pettitte would have made my ballot if votes were unlimited. The two other holdovers, Omar Vizquel and Billy Wagner, fall short. Of the newcomers, Mark Buehrle, Tim Hudson, and Torii Hunter are the best, but all three also fall just short.
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