Baseball Hall of Fame Results: David Ortiz Voted by Writers; Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens fall short

The rest of the Baseball Hall of Fame 2022 class was revealed Tuesday night, as were the full voting results from the Baseball Writers Association of America. Longtime Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was the lone player elected, receiving 77.9 percent of the vote. Ortiz, a 20-year veteran, finished his career with 10 All-Star Game appearances along with 541 home runs and a .286/.380/.552 slash line (141 OPS+). The announcement was made by Josh Rawitch, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling – all in their 10th and final year on the ballot – failed to meet the 75% threshold needed for induction. Here are the notable results from Tuesday’s announcement.

2022 Baseball Hall of Fame Results

  • David Ortiz: 77.9%
  • Barry Bonds: 66%*
  • Roger Clemens: 65.2%*
  • Scott Rolen: 63.2%
  • Curt Schilling: 58.6%*
  • Todd Helton: 52%
  • Billy Wagner: 51%
  • Andrew Jones: 41.1%
  • Gary Sheffield: 40.6%
  • Alex Rodríguez: 34.3%
  • Jeff Kent: 32.7%
  • Manny Ramirez: 28.9%
  • Omar Vizquel: 23.9%
  • Samy Sosa: 18.5%*
  • Andy Pettitte: 10.7%
  • Jimmy Rollins: 9.4%
  • Bobby Abreu: 8.6%
  • Mark Bührle: 5.8%
  • Torii Hunter: 5.3%
    * = 10th and final year on ballot

Joe Nathan, Tim Hudson, Tim Lincecum, Ryan Howard, Mark Teixeira, Justin Morneau, Jonathan Papelbon, Prince Fielder, AJ Pierzynski, Carl Crawford and Jake Peavy have not reached the 5% threshold and will be removed from the ballot.

The full ballot can be viewed here. For posterity, it should be noted that players are eligible for ballot after five years of retirement. Players must then win 75% of the votes to be registered. Those below that mark can remain on the ballot for more than 10 years provided they receive at least five percent of the vote each winter. Voters are allowed to vote for anywhere from zero to 10 players on each ballot.

Ortiz, who also spent time with the Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins organization, didn’t achieve his now recognizable “Big Papi” form until he joined the Red Sox at the end. twenties. In six seasons before landing in Boston, he had reached 0.266/0.348/0.461 (108 OPS+) with 58 home runs. Ortiz’s career-ending spurt saw him throw 483 homers after starting his season at 27. It’s the fifth-highest number ever, according to Baseball Reference’s Stathead query system. The only players to do more home runs afterwards are Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, Henry Aaron and Rafael Palmeiro.

Of course, part of Ortiz’s legend centers around his penchant for home runs, especially in the playoffs. He appeared in 85 playoff games during his career, amassing a .289/.404/.543 slant line with 17 homers. He won three World Series with the Red Sox and twice won an MVP award for his play in pivotal series: the first in the 2004 AL Championship Series and the second in the 2013 World Series. Ortiz hit two home runs and led six in 16 at bats.

Players who are not elected to the Hall of Fame through the BBWAA voting system can still be enshrined by the collective will of the so-called Veterans Committee. Six members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2022 were chosen by a committee: Buck O’Neil, Bud Fowler, Jim Kaat, Tony Oliva, Gil Hodges and Minnie Miñoso. The 2022 Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, July 24.

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