Now that three-time World Series champion and slugger David Ortiz was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame, it begs the question: Who’s on the ballot next year?
We do know this: the controversial 10th-year quartet of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling and Sammy Sosa will be removed from the ballot. The former sluggers and star pitchers failed to reach the 75% mark required for induction.
There are 13 players from this year’s ballot who will be eligible again for 2023. The top vote-getters returning include third baseman Scott Rolen (63.2% of the vote, up from 52.9%), first baseman Todd Helton (52%, up from 44.9%) and reliever Billy Wagner (51%, up from 46.4%). They were the top vote-getters on this year’s ballot outside of Ortiz (77.9%), Bonds (66%) and Clemens (65.2%). First-timers Alex Rodriguez (34.3%) and Jimmy Rollins (9.4%) also return.
So who are the newcomers? Carlos Beltrán will headline the 2023 ballot first-timers, but he comes with controversy. The nine-time All-Star was punished by MLB prior to the 2020 season for his role in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.
Other first-timers could include pitchers John Lackey and Francisco Rodriguez and outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Jayson Werth.
Here is a partial list of eligible first-time players for upcoming Hall of Fame elections:
2023: Carlos Beltrán, John Lackey, Francisco Rodríguez, Jayson Werth.
2024: Adrían Beltré, Joe Mauer, Chase Utley, David Wright.
2025: Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Ichiro Suzuki, Troy Tulowitzki.
2026: Ryan Braun, Edwin Encarnación, Matt Kemp, Nick Markakis.
2027: Jay Bruce, Jon Lester, Buster Posey, Kyle Seager.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Baseball Hall of Fame 2023: Carlos Beltran headlines next ballot
Source: Yahoo Sports