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MLB Hall of Fame Eligibility 2023 Players

By Roshan Khatiwada / 6 May 2023 04:06 AM

McGriff is the latest to be inducted into the Cooperstown
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MLB Hall of Fame Eligibility 2023 are Scott Rolen, Todd Helton, and Billy Wagner. Scott Rolen is elected in 2023 with 297 votes.

In baseball, the Hall of Fame is a way of honoring the achievements of those rare athletes who not only achieved great success but also helped to grow the sport of baseball.

Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson were the first players to be inducted. They were chosen in 1936 and inducted in 1939.

It is comprised of 342 elected members as of May 2023. The list of members includes 270 former MLB players, 40 executives, 22 managers, and ten umpires.

On January 24, Rolen and Fred McGriff were announced as the latest inductees after the result of the election. They will be officially inducted on July 23, 2023.

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.

A-Rod with Judge before the 2023 opening day
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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.

Helton posing in front of the camera with a baseball bat
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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.

MLB Hall of Fame Eligibility 2024

MLB Hall of Fame 2024 ballot list includes the fourteen eligible players from the last ballot. Some first-time athletes will join them.

Athletes who retired following the 2018 MLB season after playing ten-plus seasons in the major league are eligible for first-ballot. The players from the previous year include Andy Pettitte, Omar Vizquel, and Carlos Beltran.

They were among the eligible players who got at least five percent of the vote in the last year. The list also includes Gary Sheffield, who garnered 55 percent votes last year and is in his final year.

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Manny Ramirez and Billy Wagner are on their eighth and ninth ballot, respectively. They had got thirty-three and sixty-eight percent votes last year.

Some potential first-time names are Adrian Beltre, Joe Mauer, Adrian Gonzalez, and Jose Bautista. Beltre has the most potential to be a first-ballot induction to Cooperstown.

Todd Helton has the highest chance of being inducted among players from last year, as he had a massive increase in votes from 2022 to 2023. There was an increase of 20.2 percent.

The Cooperstown ceremony will be held on July 21, 2024, at Calrk Sports Center.

Baseball Hall Of Fame Inductees Since 2015

Baseball Hall of Fame inductees by year since 2015 feature many great players. There have been thirty-six inductees since the year 2015 till now.

Here is a list of athletes who got inducted into HOF from 2015 to 2022:

1. 2015

Four players were welcomed to Cooperstown in 2015, all from the BBWAA section. Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz were those.

Johnson got 534 votes out of a possible 549, the highest on the ballot. He was followed by Martinez, Smoltz, and Biggio with 91, 82, and 82 percent, respectively.

2. 2016

Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Plazza were the two players inducted into the HOF in 2016. Griffey got 99.3 percent of the votes on his first ballot, setting a BBWAA record.

Plaza followed him with 365 votes out of a possible 440. Both were selected via BBWAA.

3. 2017

Three players from BBWAA and two executives from Today's Game Era Committee, one of the three Veteran's Committee were inducted. John Schuerholz and Bud Selig were the executives.

Rodriguez (Left) and Clemens (second from right) at Globe Field Life
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Schuerholz was selected unanimously, whereas Selig got 15 out of 16 votes. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan Rodriguez were the athletes inducted.

Bagwell and Raines both garnered 86 percent votes, whereas Ivan got 76. Trevor Huffman was unlucky, finishing five votes short of the threshold.

4. 2018

Six players, four from the Writers Association and two from Modern Baseball Era Committee, were inducted in 2018. Jack Morris and Alan Trammell were inducted via the latter committee.

Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, and Trevor Hoffman were the remaining athletes gaining induction. It was the first ballot for Thome and Jones.

5. 2019

Again, six players, four from BBWAA and two from Today's Game Era Committee, were selected. Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, and Mariano Rivera were selected via the Writers Association.

Riviera, in his first year, got selected unanimously. In addition, it was Halladay's first ballot, whereas Martinez became the sixth player inducted in his final year.

Smith was also voted unanimously in the Veteran's Committee.

6. 2020

The pandemic-affected year saw two candidates from both sections invited to Cooperstown. Derek Jeter and Larry Walker represented the BBWAA.

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It was Jeter's first and Walker's last ballot, respectively. Marvin Miller and Ted Simmons were selected via the Modern Baseball Era Committee.

The former executive director of MLBPA, Miller, got precisely 75 percent of the votes.

7. 2021

No player reached the 75 percent threshold in the 2021 ballot. Curt Schilling was the player who got the most votes, 71.1 percent.

He was followed by Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, who got 61 percent votes each. All three players were on their ninth ballot.

8. 2022

2022 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees were seven in total. Five players and two executives from three Committees were elected in 2022—David Ortiz, who got a 77.9 percent vote in his first year, was the only representative from the BBWAA.

Bud Fowler and Buck O'Neil were the executives selected via the Early Baseball Era Committee.

Whereas Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso, and Tony Oliva were the athletes inducted via Golden Days Era.

Hall Of Fame Eligibility Of Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds Hall of Fame eligibility is finished in the BBWAA section. He has already completed his tenth and final ballot appearance in 2022.

Bonds had a fantastic career in which he won fourteen All-Star selections, seven MVPs, eight Gloden Goves, twelve Silver Sluggers, and more. In addition, he has two Hank Aaron Awards, two Batting Champion Awards, two Home Runs Awards, and an RBI Leader award to his name.

However, he was not able to book his place in the HOF.

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The main reason behind this is his association with performance-enhancing drugs. The highest Bonds could receive was 66 percent of the votes throughout the ten years.

Bonds received only half the votes for the first four years. The only way the all-time leader in home runs and walks can be inducted is via the Veteran's Committee.

However, in the 2023 Veteran's Committee ballot, Bonds didn't even receive four votes. Bonds will have to wait till 2026 to get another shot at the Veteran's ballot as the next two years will look at executives and players before the 1980 era, respectively.

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