Baseball Hall of Fame ballot 2022: Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz join; Bonds, Clemens, Schilling in final year

25 Nov 2021 | 08:46 | MLB

The ballot for the 2022 BBWAA Baseball Hall of Fame class was released Monday. The 30-player ballot is headlined by some huge names in their 10th and final year on the ballot — Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens — as well as notable newcomers, like Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz.

As a reminder: In order to gain enshrinement into the Hall of Fame, a player needs to be named on at least 75 percent of the turned-in ballots from eligible BBWAA members. In order to avoid falling off the ballot, a player needs to get at least five percent. Players are eligible to remain on the ballot a maximum of 10 annual voting cycles.

The results of the vote will be revealed on Jan. 25, 2022. There are 17 holdover candidates in addition to 13 newcomers on the ballot. Newcomers are players who spent at least 10 seasons in the majors, have been retired for five years and were chosen by the Hall of Fame to be added to the ballot.

The big-name newcomers would be A-Rod and Big Papi, trickling down to Jimmy Rollins and Mark Teixeira. Some other notable first-timers include Joe Nathan, Jonathan Papelbon, Tim Lincecum, Jake Peavy, Justin Morneau, Carl Crawford and Prince Fielder.

Here are the holdovers, listed with the percentage of the vote they received last year and their current year on the ballot (meaning 10th is their final chance).

2022 Hall of Fame ballot holdovers
PLAYER % BALLOTS IN 2021 YEAR ON BALLOT
Curt Schilling

71.1

10th

Barry Bonds

61.8

10th

Roger Clemens

61.6

10th

Scott Rolen

52.9

5th

Omar Vizquel

49.1

5th

Billy Wagner

46.4

7th

Todd Helton

44.9

4th

Gary Sheffield

40.6

8th

Andruw Jones

33.9

5th

Jeff Kent

32.4

9th

Manny Ramirez

28.2

6th

Sammy Sosa

17.0

10th

Andy Pettitte

13.7

4th

Mark Buehrle

11.0

2nd

Torii Hunter

9.5

2nd

Bobby Abreu

8.7

3rd

Tim Hudson

5.2

2nd

2022 Hall of Fame ballot first-timers
Carl Crawford
Prince Fielder
Ryan Howard
Tim Lincecum
Justin Morneau
Joe Nathan
David Ortiz
Jonathan Papelbon
Jake Peavy
A.J. Pierzynski
Jimmy Rollins
Alex Rodriguez
Mark Teixeira
The BBWAA class will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Cooperstown, New York on July 24, 2022. This class will be joined by any inductees from the Early Era and/or Golden Era committees.