If you thought the 2021 Hall of Fame vote was a controversial debate on statistics, character and PEDs, just wait until Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz join next year. Not only will it be the first chance for writers to weigh Rodriguez and Ortiz, it will be the last time the vote on Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling (though Schilling asked to be removed from his final year of voting) and Sammy Sosa.
While Bonds and Clemens have seen their voting percentage rise in recent years, BBWAA has failed to pick them despite their status as two of the most statistically skilled players in the game’s history. Sosa, which hit 609 home runs, has not even cleared 20%. Schilling, with 21
Now Rodriguez and Ortiz will join the fight, making the 2022 vote perhaps the most difficult yet to clarify where we are going with all this.