The National Baseball Hall of Fame will announce results of its 2019 balloting on Tuesday evening (6 p.m. ET, MLB Network).
Candidates must appear on 75% of ballots to earn induction July 26 in Cooperstown, N.Y. Voters may vote for no more than 10 candidates on the ballot.
The Baseball Writers' Association of America has elected at least two candidates in six consecutive years. Ted Simmons and MLB Players’ Association pioneer Marvin Miller, who were elected by the Hall's Modern Baseball Era Ballot in December, will join the new inductees.
The USA TODAY Network has multiple reporters who have a hand in the Hall of Fame selection. Here is how they voted on their official ballots:
Derek Jeter finishing his career with 3,465 hits, the sixth-most in baseball history. (Photo: John E. Sokolowski, USA TODAY Sports)
My choices: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Derek Jeter, Scott Rolen, Curt Schilling, Larry Walker
Jeter is the only newcomer to the ballot for whom I voted. I thought long and hard about Andruw Jones. He’s arguably the best defensive center fielder of his era and had a great 10-year run at the plate, but his decline after turning 30 was so steep that I couldn’t go there, at least not this year.
I’ve voted for Rolen in each of his three years on the ballot, and he appears to be quickly gaining ground. Rightfully so. At 17 Hall of Famers, there are fewer third basemen in Cooperstown than any position. Rolen won eight Gold Gloves, trailing only Brooks Robinson and Mike Schmidt. And although he missed significant time with injuries in prime seasons, he still finished with counting numbers that put him in the neighborhood of Hall of Fame third basemen, including home runs (between George Brett and Edgar Martinez, RBI (between Paul Molitor and Pie Traynor) and WAR (between Martinez and Molitor).
Bonds and Clemens get my vote again. Neither was ever suspended or tested positive for doping, and I don’t believe it’s up to the electorate to determine who was and was not using performance-enhancing drugs. Plus, Major League Baseball essentially looked the other way on PED use until testing with penalties started in 2004. That’s why I won’t vote for Manny Ramirez, who was banned twice.
My choices: Todd Helton, Derek Jeter, Scott Rolen, Gary Sheffield, Omar Vizquel, Larry Walker
A no-brainer in Jeter, and I continue to vote for Walker as he hits his final year on the BBWAA ballot. A lot of head-scratching after that. I’ve voted for Rolen and Helton previously and still feel OK about doing so. I re-examined Vizquel and Sheffield and decided they deserve my support, although in the latter’s case it’s not without some trepidation. (Grand jury testimony will do that.) The steroids era continues to muddy this process, and I continue to try to vote with both my brain, my gut and my love of baseball. Since I’ve been voting no one’s been elected that I didn’t include on my ballot, but I suspect that changes this year.
My choices: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Derek Jeter, Scott Rolen, Curt Schilling, Gary Sheffield, Larry Walker
Nothing new on this ballot save for Jeter, probably more deserving of unanimous support than the closer who preceded him. Have voted for Walker every year and it would be a shame to see him miss when he’s the superior player to many already enshrined.
My choices: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Derek Jeter, Jeff Kent, Curt Schilling, Gary Sheffield, Sammy Sosa, Omar Vizquel, Larry Walker
It will never happen, of course, but it would be truly spectacular if everyone on my ballot went into the Hall of Fame simultaneously because they represent every imaginable trait among the best who ever played the game.
Derek Jeter epitomizes the Hall of Fame with his class, grace and championships. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens symbolize sheer greatness, who happened to play in the steroid era. Larry Walker embodies humor and fun, whether cutting jokes in the clubhouse or batting against Randy Johnson in the All-Star Game. Curt Schilling represents controversy with his political views and tweets. Omar Vizquel, with his 11 Gold Gloves, stands for defensive prowess and wizardry as a shortstop. Jeff Kent, with his 377 homers, stands for offensive prowess as a power-hitting second baseman. Gary Sheffield denotes sheer fear with his wagging bat and 509 home runs. Sammy Sosa, with 609 home runs, exemplifies showmanship, resurrecting the game with Mark McGwire in the great Home Run Race.
My choices: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Derek Jeter, Jeff Kent, Curt Schilling, Gary Sheffield, Sammy Sosa, Omar Vizquel, Billy Wagner, Larry Walker
My choices: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Derek Jeter, Jeff Kent, Andy Pettitte, Manny Ramirez, Curt Schilling, Omar Vizquel, Billy Wagner, Larry Walker
My choices: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Derek Jeter, Manny Ramirez, Curt Schilling, Gary Sheffield, Omar Vizquel, Larry Walker
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