For the archetypal clip since 1960 -- and conscionable the seventh clip since the archetypal predetermination successful 1936 -- the National Baseball Hall of Fame volition not person a caller radical of electees successful 2021. Yet due to the fact that the Class of 2020’s induction was pushed backmost a twelvemonth by the coronavirus pandemic, determination volition inactive beryllium entrants welcomed into the hallowed Hall this summer.
The Hall of Fame announced Tuesday nighttime connected MLB Network that nary of the 25 players connected the 2021 ballot reached the 75% voting threshold required for entry. Starting pitcher Curt Schilling, successful his penultimate twelvemonth connected the ballot, came closest astatine 71%, oregon 16 votes shy, past released a missive to the Hall of Fame successful which helium asked to beryllium removed from adjacent year’s vote.
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This is the archetypal clip since 2013 that the Baseball Writers' Association of America did not elite anyone. So with the Eras Committees elections having been postponed until adjacent wintertime due to the fact that of the pandemic, 2021 has pitched a shutout.
That leaves the 2020 people -- Derek Jeter and Larry Walker from the BBWAA ballot, and Ted Simmons and the precocious Marvin Miller from the Modern Baseball Era Committee ballot -- to person its ain induction, arsenic would person been the lawsuit had the pandemic not intervened.
Induction time is scheduled for July 25, successful Cooperstown, N.Y.
Here are the cardinal takeaways from Tuesday’s BBWAA announcement:
1. Schilling comes up short, asks retired for 2022
With 216 wins, 3,116 strikeouts, a 3.46 ERA, 127 ERA+ and 4.38 strikeout-to-walk ratio successful 3,261 vocation innings successful the regular season, arsenic good arsenic a beingness 11-2 grounds and 2.23 ERA successful 19 postseason starts, Schilling has a compelling Cooperstown case. But his past of inflammatory rhetoric connected societal media has affected his totals, with immoderate voters going connected grounds to explicate that they removed Schilling from their ballots owed to his past of offensive, intolerant comments. (It should beryllium noted that Schilling’s caller nationalist enactment of the U.S. Capitol riot came aft ballots were owed to beryllium submitted.)
• A chapeau extremity to the 2021 ballot one-and-dones
Taking contented with the mode the Hall’s quality clause has been applied to his case, Schilling precocious wrote a lengthy missive to the Hall of Fame successful which helium declared helium volition not enactment successful the 2022 vote. He released the missive to the nationalist successful the aftermath of Tuesday’s announcement.
“I americium requesting to beryllium removed from the ballot,” Schilling wrote. “I’ll defer to the veterans committee and men whose opinions really substance and who are successful a presumption to really justice a player. I don’t deliberation I’m a Hall of Famer arsenic I’ve often stated but if erstwhile players deliberation I americium past I’ll judge that with honor.”
Schilling has seen important gains successful caller votes, rising from 51.2% successful 2018 to 60.9% successful 2019 to 70.0% successful 2020. But helium gained conscionable 4 votes this year.
2. A uncommon bare outcome
This is conscionable the ninth clip that the BBWAA did not elite immoderate players. In summation to 2013, it besides happened successful 1945, 1950, 1958, 1960, 1965, 1971 and 1996.
But this is simply a drought that comes aft a deluge. The BBWAA elected 22 players from 2014-20.
The six erstwhile years that featured zero caller inductees -- either from the BBWAA oregon a small-committee ballot -- were 1940, 1941, 1943, 1950, 1958 and 1960 (in 1940, ’41 and ’43, nary elections were held).
Speaking of bare outcomes, 14 of the 401 submitted ballots were near blank. This was a record, and it affected the percentages of each players.
3. Rolen’s rolling
This was a immense ballot for 3rd baseman Scott Rolen. The eight-time Gold Glove Award victor and seven-time All-Star was selected connected 52.9% of ballots successful his 4th twelvemonth of eligibility aft being checked connected 35.3% of ballots a twelvemonth ago.
In his archetypal twelvemonth of eligibility, successful 2018, Rolen was selected connected conscionable 10.2% of ballots. So helium has benefited from a continued survey of his lawsuit and the clearing of a ballot logjam.
4. Other large gainers
Four different players had astatine slightest a 10-point jump:
Todd Helton: 29.2 to 44.9 (3rd twelvemonth connected ballot)
Billy Wagner: 31.7 to 46.4 (6th)
Gary Sheffield: 30.5 to 40.6 (7th)
Andruw Jones: 19.4 to 33.9 (4th)
5. Vizquel loses ground
In past year’s vote, 11-time Gold Glove Award-winning shortstop Omar Vizquel cleared an important threshold by finishing northbound of 50% (52.6%, to beryllium exact). He had established wide momentum successful his archetypal 3 years connected the ballot.
But Vizquel mislaid crushed this twelvemonth aft The Athletic published allegations of home maltreatment made by Vizquel’s ex-wife, Blanca, successful mid-December.
Vizquel’s show lawsuit was already hotly debated, arsenic helium was a below-average violative performer for the immense bulk of his agelong career. Now, quality questions bent implicit his case, arsenic well.
6. Bonds, Clemens stuck successful neutral
For the seventh consecutive year, some Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens saw their percentages rise. But due to the fact that of their performance-enhancing-drug ties, the increases person been modest. Bonds was checked connected 61.8% of ballots submitted aft a 60.7% people past year. Clemens was checked connected 61.6% aft a 61.0% people past year.
Bonds and Clemens are lone eligible for the BBWAA ballot 1 much time.
7. Three first-timers clasp on
Players indispensable look connected astatine slightest 5% of submitted ballots successful bid to stay connected the ballot the pursuing year. Three first-timers met that threshold successful 2021: Mark Buehrle (11.0%), Torii Hunter (9.5%) and Tim Hudson (5.2%). They tin proceed to person their cases appraised adjacent winter.
Here are the implicit results of the 2021 BBWAA vote:
Curt Schilling: 285 votes, 71.1% (70.0% successful 2020)
Barry Bonds: 248, 61.8% (60.7%)
Roger Clemens: 247, 61.6% (61.0%)
Scott Rolen: 212, 52.9% (35.3%)
Omar Vizquel: 197, 49.1% (52.6%)
Billy Wagner: 186, 46.4% (31.7%)
Todd Helton: 180, 44.9% (29.2%)
Gary Sheffield: 163, 40.6% (30.5%)
Andruw Jones: 136, 33.9% (19.4%)
Jeff Kent: 130, 32.4% (27.5%)
Manny Ramirez: 113, 28.2% (28.2%)
Sammy Sosa: 68, 17.0% (13.9%)
Andy Pettitte: 55, 13.7% (11.3%)
Mark Buehrle: 44, 11.0% (1st-timer)
Torii Hunter: 38, 9.5% (1st-timer)
Bobby Abreu: 35, 8.7% (5.5%)
Tim Hudson: 21, 5.2% (1st-timer)
Aramis Ramírez: 4, 1.0% (1st-timer)*
LaTroy Hawkins: 2, 0.5% (1st-timer)*
Barry Zito: 1, 0.2% (1st-timer)*
A.J. Burnett: 0 (1st-timer)*
Michael Cuddyer: 0 (1st-timer)*
Dan Haren: 0 (1st-timer)*
Nick Swisher: 0 (1st-timer)*
Shane Victorino: 0 (1st-timer)*
*Will not beryllium connected aboriginal ballots aft receiving nether 5% of votes
Anthony Castrovince has been a newsman for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and travel him connected Twitter astatine @Castrovince.