(New York) The Baseball Hall of Fame will not welcome any new members in 2021, after voters decide no player deserves immortality at Cooperstown this year.
Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were the players receiving the most votes in the Baseball Columnists Association of America (ACBA) ballot, released Tuesday. The trio should have one last chance at being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame next year.
This is the first time since 2013 and the ninth time in history that no new members have been admitted.
Schilling, a thrower who has won the World Series three times, jumped to 16 votes from the 75% mark needed to enter Cooperstown. He had 71.1% of the vote after rising to 20 votes last year.
His achievements in the field are little disputed, but Schilling ostracized himself during his retirement with hate speech against Muslims, transgender people, journalists and others.
“That’s okay, baseball owes me nothing,” Schilling said in a live video posted to his Twitter account. He then added on Facebook that he had asked the Hall of Fame to remove his name from the ballots.
Bonds (61.8%) and Clemens (61.6%) joined Schilling in their ninth failure on the ballots. Both players faced strong suspicions of doping, but Bonds was also charged with domestic violence and Clemens, with maintaining a decade-long relationship with a singer who was 15 when they met.
Powerful hitters Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz will be added to the ballots next year. Rodriguez was suspended for the entire 2014 season after violating major league baseball anti-doping policy and the collective agreement. Ortiz’s name was reportedly on a list of players who tested positive for illegal products in 2003.
Omar Vizquel, winner of 11 Golden Gloves, has fallen from 52.6% to 49.1% this year, after his wife accused him of repeated domestic violence in December. Andruw Jones, arrested in 2012 for domestic violence, received 33.9% of the vote in his fourth year of eligibility. Todd Helton, who pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and was sentenced to two days in prison last year, received 44.9% of the vote in his third year.
Meanwhile, third baseman Scott Rolen jumped from 35.3% to 52.9% while reliever Billy Wagner jumped from 31.7% to 46.4%.
While the Temple Veterans Committee has postponed its scheduled elections to the next offseason due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will therefore be no players admitted to Cooperstown in 2021.
That doesn’t mean, however, that there won’t be any celebration next summer.
After the ceremony scheduled for 2020 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New York Yankees star player Derek Jeter and Montreal Expos alumnus Larry Walker will have full seat on July 25. They will be inducted along with wide receiver Ted Simmons and former Director of the Players’ Association Marvin Miller.
ACBA members are invited to elect Hall of Fame members “on the basis of their record, playing skills, integrity, sportsmanship, character and contribution to their (s). ) team (s) ”.
At a time when social justice movements are pushing for broader consideration of sexual misconduct and racial inequalities, character assessment has played a larger role in this electoral cycle.
While the Hall of Fame already includes racists, cheaters and criminals, the current constituency has – narrowly, in many cases – taken a stand against candidates who it believes lack sufficient integrity.
Voters recently voted overwhelmingly to remove the name and imprint of former Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis from the plaque awarded to the MVP. Landis became commissioner in 1920, and there were no black players in major league baseball for more than two decades under his watch.
Further in the results, outfielder Gary Sheffield received 40.6% of the vote in his seventh appearance on the ballots. Second baseman Jeff Kent saw his name appear on 32.4% of them in his eighth year of eligibility. Pitcher Mark Buehrle (11%), outfielder Torii Hunter (9.5%) and pitcher Tim Hudson (5.2%) just passed the imaginary 5% vote line to stay on the ballots.
Third baseman Aramis Ramirez along with pitchers LaTroy Hawkins and Barry Zito also received votes, but they were eliminated from future consideration.