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2023 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot: Carlos Beltrán headlines group of newcomers on 28-player list

2023 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot: Carlos Beltrán headlines group of newcomers on 28-player list


The Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the BBWAA portion of the vote for the 2023 class was released Monday. With the likes of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling and Sammy Sosa having fallen off last voting cycle, it’s not nearly as polarizing this time around, though there’s still Alex Rodriguez. The headliners are, yes, A-Rod along with Scott Rolen and the top newcomer, Carlos Beltrán. 

The former players on the 28-man ballot will need to get 75 percent of the vote from eligible BBWAA voters in order to be enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame next summer. Those who receive less than five percent of the vote fall off the ballot. Anyone getting between five and 75 percent of the vote can hang around on the ballot for 10 years before falling off. 

As noted, the top newcomer this year is Beltrán. The nine-time All-Star racked up 2,725 career hits, including 565 doubles and 435 home runs along with 1,582 runs, 1,587 RBI and 312 stolen bases while also winning three Gold Gloves. He has a stellar postseason resume, too. His involvement in the 2017 Astros sign-stealing scandal likely muddies his case with voters, though, so it’ll be interesting to see how much of an impact it has. 

He’s likely the only newcomer with a chance to make the Hall. Perhaps Francisco Rodríguez (“K-Rod”) can make a run, though, as he’s also a first-timer. The rest of the ballot rookies are will likely fall off the ballot after this voting cycle. The other first-year players: R.A. Dickey, Huston Street, John Lackey, Bronson Arroyo, Matt Cain, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jayson Werth, Mike Napoli, Jered Weaver, J.J. Hardy, Jhonny Peralta and Andre Ethier.

As for the ballot holdovers, here they are: 

Scott Rolen

63.2

6th

Todd Helton

52

5th

Billy Wagner

51

8th

Andruw Jones

41.4

6th

Gary Sheffield

40.6

9th

Alex Rodríguez

34.3

2nd

Jeff Kent

32.7

10th

Manny Ramírez

28.9

7th

Omar Vizquel

23.9

6th

Andy Pettitte

10.7

5th

Jimmy Rollins

9.4

2nd

Bobby Abreu

8.6

4th

Mark Buehrle

5.8

4th

Torii Hunter

5.3

3rd

BBWAA ballots are due by the end of the year and the results will be revealed on Jan. 24, 2023. 

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