If you think the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot was a controversial debate on statistics, character, and PEDs, just wait until Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz join next year. Not only will this be the first opportunity for writers to weigh in on Rodriguez and Ortiz, it will be the last time on the ballot for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Kurt Schilling (though Schilling asked to be removed from his final year ballot) and Sammy Sosa.
While Bonds and Clemens have seen their vote percentage increase in recent years, BBWA has failed to pick them despite their standing as two of the most statistically accomplished players in the history of the game. Sosa, who scored 609, also did not make a 20% clearance. Schilling, with 216 wins and his record as one of the greatest postman pitches of all time, had the most votes of any player this year, but there was no doubt on the part of his controversial social media behavior.
Now Rodriguez and Ortiz will join the fray, making 2022 voting probably the toughest and making it clear where we are doing all this.