November 2, 2020 at 1:31 pm #146648
The regular writers ballot is not out yet, but the annual awards also include career recognition for both writers (Spink Award) and broadcasters (Frick Award). Derrick is appropriately careful in his wording not to call them Hall of Famers, though they are recognized on the same weekend (the day before the inductees) and have a place in the Hall of Fame building.
Also, because there was no 2020 ceremony, the 2021 event will pull double-duty to include Ted Simmons, among others…
Joe Buck (@buck) and Dizzy Dean are on the ballot for this year's Frick Award — the broadcasters honor that goes with a plaque in the media wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Eight finalists make the ballot. #StlCards
— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) November 2, 2020November 2, 2020 at 1:41 pm #146649
Here is the full list.
We’re proud to announce the finalists for the 2021 Ford C. Frick Award: Buddy Blattner, Joe Buck, Dave Campbell, Dizzy Dean, Don Drysdale, Ernesto Jerez, Al Michaels and Dan Shulman. You can read more about them here: https://t.co/77SAL0N7Sa pic.twitter.com/zSZ6g29naV
— National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ⚾ (@baseballhall) November 2, 2020November 16, 2020 at 11:14 am #147511November 16, 2020 at 11:15 am #147512
The 2021 @officialbbwaa Hall of Fame voters will choose from a ballot of 25 players, including 11 newcomers. Results will be announced Jan. 26 live on @MLBNetwork. Check out bios of all 25 candidates here: https://t.co/YjXu5pycbt pic.twitter.com/1Ud9QeCCVj
— National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ⚾ (@baseballhall) November 16, 2020November 16, 2020 at 11:43 am #147515November 16, 2020 at 3:08 pm #147523November 16, 2020 at 3:24 pm #147524
HOF ballots are out. And I’m NOT sitting on the edge of my seat this year!! I know some are in disbelief that I made it. I don’t consider myself a HOF’er at anything so believe me, I’m still in disbelief!! But it happened! And to this minute I’m still thrilled and honored for it!
— Larry Walker (@Cdnmooselips33) November 16, 2020November 16, 2020 at 6:48 pm #147529PugsleyAddamsParticipantPaid - Annual
LaTroy Hawkins?November 16, 2020 at 6:52 pm #147530
Must be the longevity award. 21 seasons.November 16, 2020 at 7:44 pm #147532mudvilleParticipantPaid - Annual
The best players on the Hall of Fame ballot or Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, and Manny Ramirez. I’m not sure what to think about Helton. I would love to see Schilling get in. That bloody sock would be enough to get my vote. Unfortunately, Schilling offended some of the wrong people with some of the comments he made, so he might not get in for personal reasons unrelated to his performance as a player.November 17, 2020 at 9:08 am #147559stlcard25ParticipantPaid - Annual
ESPN has ranked the Hall of Fame players based on “tiers” and mentioned who might fall into those categories this year. It’s interesting to look at, although I don’t fully understand their metric. Scott Rolen would fall into a tier that basically is a no brainer for future induction, and right on the edge of the top 100 of all time.November 20, 2020 at 2:06 pm #147832
To be inducted to MLB Hall of Fame 2021
Curt Schilling 1/20
Omar Vizquel 2/3
Roger Clemens 5/1
Barry Bonds 6/1
Scott Rolen 10/1
Billy Wagner 12/1
Gary Sheffield 12/1
Todd Helton 20/1
Jeff Kent 33/1
Andruw Jones 50/1
Manny Ramirez 50/1
Andy Pettitte 100/1
Sammy Sosa 100/1November 20, 2020 at 7:09 pm #147854bicyclemikeModeratorPaid - Annual
way too high of odds on Omar Vizquel. Jeff Kent and Scott Rolen were both better players than Vizquel.
I like Gary Sheffield and Curt Schilling as well. Those four get my vote off the top of my head. Need to look further into some of the others.November 20, 2020 at 7:25 pm #147856PugsleyAddamsParticipantPaid - Annual
I would put Rolen at 20-1, Billy Wagner at 4-1(I would love to see Billy get the call), Gary Sheffield at 25-1, Andruw Jones at 18-1, Manny Ram at 12-1 and “Slammin” Sammy Sosa at 980-1.November 27, 2020 at 10:14 am #148301
“Small Hall” proponents are speaking up early this year, with two of the first 14 ballots known being empty.November 27, 2020 at 2:48 pm #148313
The character clause gets really messy when you look at the players on this ballot
Pettite – PEDs
Bonds – PEDs
Clemons – PEDs & Sexual relations with a minor
Schilling – Numerous offensive tweets
Sosa – Corked bat & PEDs
Jones – Domestic assault
Hunter – Homophobia
Ramirez – PEDs
Sheffield – PEDsNovember 28, 2020 at 8:26 am #148352November 28, 2020 at 10:20 am #148367
That is a “Hey! Look at me!” article.December 9, 2020 at 2:01 pm #149172December 14, 2020 at 10:11 am #149516
Rolen loses a vote because former P-D writer Jose de Jesus Ortiz drops him for Abreu, Jones and Sheffield additions. I don’t get dropping a guy for three players you didn’t vote for in the past.December 14, 2020 at 10:19 am #149517
My guess is that after Abreu got just 5.5% last year, barely remaining eligible, Ortiz is trying to keep him on the ballot longer. Games the writers play because they feel 10 spots to vote are not enough. Too bad they can’t just vote for the most deserving players…December 19, 2020 at 7:24 am #149902
What do you all think about this idea of honoring baseball LIVES?
I’m in favor. Felipe Alou and Dusty Baker have had Hall of Fame baseball lives, counting playing days and managing. I think Don Mattingly qualifies as well. And Gil Hodges is the alltime example. I’d put all 4 in! https://t.co/0x2oLVvZmI
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 19, 2020December 19, 2020 at 8:58 am #149909December 19, 2020 at 10:10 am #149914stlcard25ParticipantPaid - Annual
Jeter is a mid tier Hall of Famer. Why anyone would think that he was deserving of the only vote this past year or that no one would be deserving this year is beyond me.December 19, 2020 at 11:28 am #149927bicyclemikeModeratorPaid - Annual
Al Michaels is a great announcer, but has he done baseball lately? Seems like he’s been on NFL broadcasts only for some 25 years.
I like that “baseball lives” concept, but am not sure where you put it. They are not exactly Hall of Farmers in the original sense of the institution, but were better than average players and managers.
Quite few guys fit that category, with Joe Torre the ultimate one. Joe even has executive leadership on his resume. He is sort of a latter day Joe Cronin. Bill White would be a good one, no managing but better than average player, long time broadcaster and executive.
Al Lopez was one of those “baseball lives” guys, but I think he is in for his managing career.
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