If you thought the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot was a controversial debate over stats, character, and DEPs, just wait until Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz join in next year. Not only will this be the writers’ first chance to weigh in on Rodriguez and Ortiz, but it will be the last time on the ballot for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling (although Schilling has asked to be removed from his senior year on the ballot) and Sammy Sosa.
While Bonds and Clemens have seen their voting percentages increase in recent years, the BBWAA failed to elect them despite their status as two of the most statistically accomplished players in the history of the game. Sosa, who hit 609 circuits, did not even clear 20%. Schilling, with 216 wins and his record as one of the greatest postseason pitchers of all time, got the highest vote count of any player this year, but fell just short of it. – no doubt in part because of his controversial behavior on social media.
Now Rodriguez and Ortiz will be joining the fray, making the 2022 poll perhaps the most difficult yet to clarify where we’re going with all of this.