Base Hall of Fame voters beat Cooper on Tuesday, dismissing all 25 candidates for deportation in Cooperstown, N.Y., but some of them did not disappoint.
Candidates are required to receive a minimum of 75 percent of the vote to be elected, and many build support over time. Last time the writers didn’t pick any Was in 2013, And out of seven Top 10 finishers Eventually earned plaque. The exceptions for that year would look familiar: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Kurt Schilling.
That group remains on the ballot for nine years. Voters have 10 years to consider the candidates, meaning the next election for the 2022 class in December will be the authors’ final referendum on three of baseball history’s most prominent and polarizing players. Another, Alex Rodriguez, will appear on the ballot for the first time as David Ortiz.
Schilling, a postson pitching titan whose impassioned rhetoric on social media led some voters to reconsider their support, missed out on being elected by 16 votes. He collected 285 votes among 401 ballots chosen by 10-year members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, up from 70 percent the previous year to only 71.1 percent.
Bond and Clemens, who have been associated with phenomenal success on the field and strong ties to performance-enhancing drug use, again fell short – Bond with 61.8 percent of the vote, Clemens with 61.1 percent. Bond, a seven-time winner of the National League Most Valuable Player Award, is a career home run leader with 762. Clemens, a seven-time Youth Award winner, is the only pitcher in history with 350 wins and 4,000. Strike.
If the authors do not elect Bonds, Clemens or Schilling on the next ballot, their fate would fall on a 16-man panel of Hall of Famers, team officials and historians. Formerly known as the Veterans Committee, the group managers, umpires, officials and players are not selected by the authors, who cover a different era in each election.
In a message from the Hall of Fame that he posted on Facebook, Schilling wrote that he was “mentally endowed” with the process and did not want to be rethought by the authors.
“I will not participate in the final year of voting,” he wrote. “I am requesting to be removed from the ballot. I will take the opinion of the veterans committee and the men whose opinions really matter and who are in a position to actually judge a player. “
Hall of Fame President Jane Forbes Clarke said in a statement that Hall’s board would consider Schilling’s request at its next meeting. But it denied a similar request from Marvin Miller, the influential head of the slain players’ union in 2012, who asked the veterans committee to be removed from the ballot.
The 16-person panel had not met since last December due to the coronovirus epidemic, so officially, there will be no members in the 2021 class. But because the epidemic also canceled the induction ceremony Class of 2020 – including Derek Jeter, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons and Miller – There should still be activity at Cooperstone this summer. The Hall of Fame has scheduled an induction ceremony for 25 July.
Since its inception in 1936, the authors have voted for the Hall of Fame. This was the ninth time he contested and failed to include anyone. But in each of those fruitless elections, at least six of the top 10 finishers were included in time. In addition to Gil Hodges, each player who receives at least 50 percent on an author’s ballot has finally been selected by the authors or a later committee.
The New York Times is one of several news organizations that prohibit authors from voting for the award, assuming journalists should not be news producers. But if I could have submitted a ballot, I would have checked the boxes for Bonds, Clemens, Todd Helton, Jeff Kent, Scott Rowling, Schilling and Gary Sheffield.
For me, the character clause should only apply if a player is, at some point, refused to participate due to cheating. If not, his career was completely cleared by Major League Baseball, and that’s good enough for me. Bond and Clemens are related.
As Schilling, his work on the field was Cooperstown-worthy (he is the only pitcher with more than 3,000 strikes and fewer than 750 runs) and for all his troubled social-media blur in retirement, he was honored several times Players for community service and character. This is a baseball election, not a congressional race, and Schilling was very good at baseball.
The hardest mistake for me would have been Sammy Sosa. In 12 seasons (1993 through 2004), Sosa scored 45 home runs and 116 runs, while hitting .85 with a .936-base plus slugging percentage. He had two 30–30 seasons (homers and steals), and when he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in 2003 – according to A Times report In 2009 – he never held suspension.
Nevertheless, the image that historically defines Sosa is his Chase for single season home run record In 1998 with Mark McQuire. McGwire never came close to the election, and it appears inconsistent to place Sosa’s plaque in a gallery that does not include McQuire.
Likewise, In center field was marvelous as Andrew Jones, If not Dale Murphy, how can he be in the Hall of Fame? Like Jones, Murphy was a brave center fielder with a nine-year stretch. Both players have a trophy case – Jones won one Silver Slugger and 10 Gold Gloves, while Murphy earned four Silver Sluggers, five Gold Gloves and two Most Valuable Player Awards.
Both players declined sharply in their 30s, and their stats are so similar Baseball reference Lists Murphy as the closest comparable player in Jones’ history, and vice versa. As the old song says, you cannot be without each other.
Omar Vizquel won more Gold Gloves than Jones (11), and no one played more games at shortstop. But in a career of 24 years, Vijayqual was once named MVP Ballot – 16th in 1999. To ensure that MVP voting is incomplete, however, the Hall of Famer must have dominated for at least some time.
Then again, Billy Wagner was the chief. No pitcher in history with at least 900 innings can match him for a strike in nine innings: 11.9. He ranks sixth on the career list, with 422, and he retired at the top of his game in 2010.
Wagner’s 903 innings would be the fewest at Cooperstown, but he served in nearly 200 more games than Hall of Fame close Bruce Sutter, who often entered multiple innings. Sutter had a famous pitch – split-finger fastball – and Wagner was perhaps the best fastball of his era.
The key difference is the playoffs, where Wagner earned 10.03 in 14 matches. Sutter was a force in his solo postman, 1982, helping the Cardinals to a title with a win and a Game 7 save in the World Series.