The 2021 Hall of Fame ballot was announced yesterday.
Twenty-five players are on the ballot, including eleven first-time players and fourteen returning names.
Players remain on the ballot from year to year as long as they receive at least five percent of ballots cast. If they don’t, they are dropped. They also remain on the ballot for up to ten seasons.
If a player receives at least 75 percent of the ballot, he makes it into the Hall of Fame.
A lot of players make it on their first year of elegibility, which to me says you are a true Hall of Famer. It’s always weird that a player doesn’t make it in at first, then goes year to year picking up votes. How? His career numbers are set in stone. He isn’t getting any better.
If I were to run things, I’d say you get in the first ballot or you’re done. You’re either a Hall of Famer or not.
It’s not the Hall of On-Second-Thought or a Hall of Maybe. That’s how marginal players make it in, and that’s how the Hall of Fame is watered down.
It should be reserved for the best of the best.
Here are the returning player:
Curt Schilling, 70%, 9th year
Roger Clemens, 61%, 9th year
Barry Bonds, 60.7%, 9th year
Omar Vazquez, 52.6%, 5th year
Scott Rolen, 35.3%, 4th year
Billy Wagner, 31.7%, 6th year
Gary Scheffield, 39.5%, 7th year
Todd Helton, 29.2%, 3rd year
Manny Ramirez, 28.2%, 5th year
Jeff Kent, 27.5%, 8th year
Andruw Jones, 19.4%, 4th year
Sammy Sosa, 13.9%, 9th year
Andy Pettitte, 11.3%, 3rd year
Bobby Abreu, 5.5%, 2nd year
The new players on the ballot for 2021 are: