If you think the Hall of Fame vote in 2021 is a controversial dispute over statistics, character and PED, just wait until Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz join next year. Not only will this be the first chance for writers to judge Rodriguez and Ortiz, it will also be the last moment in the vote for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Kurt Schilling (although Schilling asked to be removed from his final year on the ballot) and Sami Sosa .
Although the percentage of Bonds and Clemens votes has increased in recent years, the BBWAA has failed to elect them, despite being two of the most accomplished statisticians in the game’s history. Sosa, who scored 609 home runs, didn’t even clear 20%. Schilling, with 21
Now Rodriguez and Ortiz will join the battle, making the 2022 bulletin perhaps the most difficult to figure out where we’re going with all this.