The announcement of the Baseball Hall of Fame inductees is really the only thing I can yell about during the baseball season once the Winter Meetings are over. (But that’s not the case for this off-season after the whole Houston Astros trash can dugout band thing, which I’ll talk about in my monthly tea chat next week.)
For those of you playing at home, here are the basic rules of voting: In order to be inducted, players must be retired for at least five seasons, have played for at least ten seasons, and receive 75% of the overall vote. Players are taken off the ballots after 10 years or if they fail to receive 5% of the votes.
There were only two inductees this year: Derek Jeter and Larry Walker.
He was one vote shy of getting a unanimous vote. ONE VOTE SHY. FOLKS. C’MON. (The only unanimous vote was Mariano Rivera last year.)
He played with the New York Yankees for 20 years and racked up these numbers: career .310 hitter, 3,465 hits, 260 home runs, 14 time All-Star, 5 time World Series champion, AL Rookie of the Year, 5 time Gold Glove Award winner, and 5 time Silver Slugger Award winner.
However, I think he’s best known for his appearance in The Other Guys when he’s shot by Mark Wahlberg.
Everybody calls me the Yankee clipper.
Because you shot Derek Jeter!
He’s a bi-racial angel!
You shoulda shot A-Rod.The Other Guys, 2010
He was voted in for all of the stuff he did with the Yankees and not what he’s currently doing as non-controlling owner of the Miami Marlins, like letting them still play in that incredibly ugly stadium that sparked an SEC investigation. AND he got rid of the dinger machine.
Even though I’m a Red Sox fan, I’m happy to see that Jeter made it into the Hall. I grew up watching him, and I always had respect for him.
Not gonna lie, I didn’t know who this was until they announced he was going to Cooperstown. He retired after the 2005 season and played for the Montreal Expos, St. Louis Cardinals, and Colorado Rockies, so I guess that kind of explains why I hadn’t heard of him, but still. I normally know a bunch of random players.
He was in his last year of eligibility and got 76.6% of the votes. He had 383 home runs, was a career .313 hitter, 5 time All-Star, NL MVP, 7 time Gold Glove Award winner, 3 time Silver Slugger Award winner, 3 time MLB batting champion, and the NL home run leader in 1997.
AND he was in Backyard Baseball 2001:
Here are a few things we need to talk about:
- He wore a Spongebob shirt when he got the call and when he talked with MLB Network. He definitely didn’t get voted in based on his fashion choices.
- His name is Larry, his parents names are Larry Sr. and Mary, and he has three brothers: Barry, Carey, and Gary. What.
So congrats to Walker, I guess. It feels like how Edgar Martinez got voted in during his last year in 2019 and Tim Raines in 2017.
Let’s check in with some of the other guys…
- Curt Schilling is in his eighth year and his vote percentage jumped to 70.0%, up 9.1% from last year.
- Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are also in their eighth years and saw a 1.5% jump to 61.0% and 1.6% up to 60.7%, respectively.
- Manny Ramirez is in his fourth year and his vote percentage jumped up 5.4% to 28.2%.
- Sammy Sosa is in his eighth year and jumped 5.4% to 13.9%.
It’ll be interesting to see if Schilling, Clemens, Bonds, and Sosa don’t get in next year what will happen in 2022 when they’re all facing their tenth year.
Some fan favorites who won’t be joining us in the future:
- Paul Konerko
- Jason Giambi (of Moneyball fame)
- Alfonso Soriano
- Eric Chavez
- Cliff Lee
- Adam Dunn
- Raúl Ibañez
- Brad Penny
- J. J. Putz
- Josh Beckett
- Heath Bell
- Chone Figgins
- Rafael Furcal
- Carlos Peña
- Brian Roberts
- José Valverde
I know every one of these guys, and although they’re apparently not HOF material, these were the guys I watched growing up. It’s just weirdly comforting for some reason.
Thoughts on this year’s inductees?