MLB Hall Of Fame 2023 Ballot
Baseball Hall of Fame 2023 saw two former players, Fred McGriff and Scott Rolen, inducted. The selection process followed the new rules amended in 2022.
There are two ways a player can be inducted. One is through the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA), and the other is through the Veterans Committee.
BBWAA selects from recently retired players, whereas the Veterans Committee selects athletes from the 1980s era who no longer appear on the BBWAA section. Both committees select via election.
There were 28 athletes in the BBWAA section, including Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, and Todd Helton. The ballot list was released on November 21, 2022.
Half the athletes on the list were carried over from the previous year. Players still eligible and who got at least five percent of the votes the previous year were the ones selected.
The screening committee selected the remaining players from a list of athletes whose last MLB appearance was in 2017. Three hundred eighty-nine casts cast a total of 2,281 votes.
Two hundred ninety-two votes were required to reach the 75 percent threshold needed for the induction. Scott Rolen was the only player to reach the threshold.
Seven athletes received zero votes, whereas five received a single vote. However, it was the first eligible year for all those twelve athletes.
Todd Helton, the player closest to the threshold, garnered 281 votes. Jeff Kent received 181 votes in what was his final ballot.
On the other hand, the 16-man Veteran Committee released a list of eight athletes eligible for induction on November 7. The selection committee featured Hall of Famers, executives, media, and historians.
The released list included Barry Bonds, Don Mattingly, Curt Schilling, Dale Murphy, Albert Belle, Roger Clemens, Rafael Palmeiro, and Fred McGriff.
McGriff was inducted unanimously, whereas Mattingly and Schilling got eight and seven votes, respectively.