All eyes turned towards the small hamlet of Cooperstown, New York last Tuesday, as the votes were tallied and, for the first time since 2013, the 2021 Hall of Fame class was found to have no members. Curt Schilling led all vote getters with 71.1% of the vote, 3.9% shy of the 75% required for induction.
Three others tallied greater than 50% of the vote, led by Barry Bonds, who saw a slight increase up to 61.8%. Roger Clemens was right behind him at 61.6% and, with only one more go around each, it seems unlikely that either will make it via the BBWAA. Scott Rolen saw a big jump, rising to 52.9% and looks like he’s on track to eventually make it.
Omar Vizquel, who was on the upswing and looked to be on a good trajectory, dropped back down under 50% after allegations of spousal abuse popped up last year.
Mark Buehrle scored the highest amongst the newcomers, with 11%. Torii Hunter and Tim Hudson are the other two newcomers who live to fight another day, surpassing the 5% cutoff. Of the local contingent, former White Sox outfielder Andruw Jones jumped up to 33.9% while Manny Ramirez finished with the same 28.2% as last year. Cub outcast Sammy Sosa garnered 17.0%, while his former teammates Aramis Ramirez and LaTroy Hawkins pulled in 1% and 0.5% respectively. Former White Sox outfielder Nick Swisher got no votes, which seems about right.
Schilling, in an effort to prove that he is the garbage human being that he shows to the world on social media, released a letter after the vote was announced asking to no longer be considered for the Hall. “I’ll defer to the veterans committee and men whose opinions actually matter and who are in a position to actually judge a player,” he wrote, denigrating the BBWAA and the entire election process. Personally, I hope they leave him on the ballot and that nobody votes for him.
While there is no class of 2021, there will still be an election ceremony this summer, as the class of 2020, Derek Jeter, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons, and Marvin Miller, get their day in the sun, corona virus willing, on Sunday, July 25.