The BBWAA released their ballot for the Hall of Fame class of 2019 on Monday. The results of the vote are due to be revealed on January 22nd, with induction taking place next July. After Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero, and Trevor Hoffman were elected in last year’s voting, the new ballot contains 15 holdovers along with 20 newcomers, which may continue the logjam caused by the current BBWAA rules which limit the number of votes on one ballot to 10 and the ongoing refusal by some writers to vote for players tainted by PEDs, leaving too many qualified candidates fighting for limited spots. Once again, the BBWAA and the Hall may find themselves with a mess on their hands.
Yesterday, we looked at the returning candidates. Today, it’s time to look at the newcomers and who may be thankful come January.
Mad props to the man for putting together a viable major league career as an outfielder after imploding as a pitcher, but he has no shot here.
I can’t imagine a world where Jason Bay earns a Hall of Fame vote.
I never really thought I was watching a Hall of Famer during the 31 games I saw Berkman perform in, but I have a feeling he will get some, but not enough, support.
These two members of the starting rotation for the 2005 World Series Champions will always hold a special place in my heart, but not in Cooperstown.
This has been a weak batch of newly eligible players so far, no?
I imagine Halladay would have garnered strong support anyway, but his untimely death last year will likely goose his numbers.
Helton will get in, but he may need to wait a year or two.
I guess we’ll see if Bruce Levine gets to vote in these proceedings based on whether the former Cub gets a vote or not.
The former Red Sox hurler may get a little support, but not enough to keep him on the ballot for a second go-around.
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