On Monday, the BBWAA released their ballot for the Hall of Fame class of 2023, with the results of the vote are due to be revealed on January 23rd, and induction taking place July 21st. With Scott Rolen as the sole electee last year, the new ballot contains fourteen holdovers along with twelve newcomers.
Yesterday, we looked at the returning candidates. Today, it’s time to look at the newcomers and who see may be thankful come January.
The long-time Blue Jays slugger will likely get enough consideration to stick around on the ballot, but has no real chance at induction.
Beltré finished his career with 3166 hits, 477 home runs, and 5 Gold Gloves at third base. He is the closest thing to a shoo-in we’ve seen in years.
The all-time wins leader, with 247, among Latin American pitchers, Colon will end up on the outside looking in, thanks to a 4.12 career ERA and a PED suspension in 2012.
The first overall pick of the 2000 draft, González put together a very fine career. Just not one that will get him to Cooperstown.
Again, Holliday had a very fine career, although he will get dinged for part of that career taking place in Colorado, but I don’t see him getting in.
If he spent his entire career playing against the White Sox, he would be a first ballot, all-time great. Unfortunately, he had to play against the other teams as well, which means he has to “settle” for having a very good career, but not a Hall of Fame career.
One MVP award, three Gold Gloves, and three batting titles, as a catcher, make me think Mauer will eventually find his way to Cooperstown, but he may need to wait a while.
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