The 2023 HOF vote has concluded and one player was elected…Philadelphia and St. Louis 3B, Scott Rolen. Rolen received 297 votes (76.3). There were 389 HOF votes tallied, and 292 were needed for election. Todd Helton was 11 votes short and Billy Wagner 27 votes shy.
The difference next year is that Carlos Beltrán should get renewed interest. Very few would deny him a plaque in The Hall, but not on the first ballot. That can no longer happen, so voters should now be free to vote for Beltrán.
Rolen is the 18th third baseman in the Hall of Fame. Thus far, he and Chipper Jones are the only full-time third basemen to begin their careers after 1982 to be voted into Cooperstown.
Helton should get in next year, and Billy Wagner will be in his 9th year of eligibility. What may hurt Wagner is that in addition to Beltrán, there will be 10 first timers who will for sure be on the ballot for 2024.
- Adrián Beltré
- Joe Mauer
- Chase Utley
- David Wright
- Matt Holliday
- Adrián González
- José Bautista
- José Reyes
- Victor Martínez
- Bartolo Colon
Adrián Beltré should become the 19th third baseman inducted into the HOF, the third full time 3B to begin his career after 1982, and to make it back to back years for a 3B to be inducted into the HOF. He will become the second former LAD to be elected in the last 10 years that was not able to spend the majority of there years with the Dodgers because of stupidity. Mike Piazza was inducted in 2016 as a NYM.
More than half of the above first timers should get more than 5% of the vote and will continue on their quest to be elected to the HOF. Besides Beltré, each of Maurer, Utley, Wright, Holliday, and AGon should exceed 5%, and some should exceed 5% by a significant number of votes. Joe Mauer and Chase Utley are in the limbo gray area. Good enough to get voted in, and yet not good enough to get voted in.
Rolen came from a long way back from his initial vote.
- 2018:2 percent (lowest first year percentage for any player ever voted in)
- 2019:2 percent
- 2020:3 percent
- 2021:9 percent
- 2022:2 percent (highest among players not voted in)
- 2023:3 percent
In his 10th and final season on the BBWAA ballot, second baseman Jeff Kent received 181 votes (46.5%). His case will revert to the Historical Overview Committee in December 2025 for consideration on the Contemporary Baseball Era Players Committee for the Class of 2026. I am projecting now that he will be elected at that time.
The 2023 HOF Induction Ceremony will be held on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center on July 23, and will include both Scott Rolen and Fred McGriff, who was elected by the Contemporary Baseball Era Players Committee last month in San Diego. In addition to the two players, John Lowe and Pat Hughes will be honored with the BBWAA Career Excellence Award and the Ford C. Frick Award, respectively, during Hall of Fame Weekend 2023, July 21-24.
I spoke with my son who was very excited for Scott. They were teammates for five years with the Phillies. Okay it was during ST, but they were teammates from 1998-2002.
Final 2023 HOF Vote tabulation.
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