Top candidates, voting trends, tracker

There are first-timers and last-timers, legends and villains and a lot of talent in between. And on Tuesday, January 25, baseball’s 2022 Hall of Fame class — or lack thereof — will be unveiled.

Past precedents and current vote totals indicate that seven-time MVP Barry Bonds and seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens will miss the introduction in their 10th and final year on the ballot. Meanwhile, lead candidate David Ortiz will find out if his star as Boston Red Sox DH will be enough to bring him in — or if questions about a reported positive test for a banned substance will at least temporarily limit him to the Bonds Clemens. therapy.

USA TODAY Sports analyzes the 12 most intriguing cases on the ballot, detailing everything you need to know before Tuesday’s momentous announcement on MLB Network.

To come: Barry Bonds (Jan 23), Roger Clemens (Jan 24)

“Ultimately, Rodriguez seems destined for a Bonds-esque slog during his 10 years on the Hall of Fame ballot — having his greatness recognized on the field, but his offenses off the field barring him from entry.” – Steve Gardner

“It is impossible to tell the story of 21st century baseball without David Ortiz, whose production is Hall-worthy, whose achievements were historic and whose extraordinary personality made him one of the few immediately recognizable faces in an increasingly layered media -universe.” – Gabe Lacques

Ortiz celebrates after winning the 2013 World Series against the Cardinals.

Schilling himself said he would rather be judged not by the writers, but by the former players and historians who make up Hall’s Era Committees. That seems to be his best route to Cooperstown.” – Gardener

Curt Schilling was 16 votes shy of voting into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2021.

Now in its fourth year on the ballot, Helton’s support rose from 16.5% in its first year to 44.9% in year three. Helton’s candidacy is complicated by the margin he has called home throughout his career, whether that’s fair or not.” – Jesse Yomtov

Helton made a play for the first time in 2012.

“Lincecum was the author of one of the most improbable and glorious careers of a pitcher — three World Series titles, two Cy Young Awards — and that may be worth a lot more than a (Hall of Fame) plaque.” – Lacquer

Lincecum won the NL Cy Young in 2008 and 2009.

“One of the best defensive players of his generation, Jones is entering his fifth year on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot after seeing tremendous support since getting all of the 7.3% of the vote in his first year.” – Yomtov

Andruw Jones won 10 consecutive Gold Glove awards from 1998-2007.

“What Sosa has accomplished over a long career (over 600 home runs, seven All-Star appearances, six Silver Slugger awards, Roberto Clemente award) would seemingly make him a first-voter roster.

“However, Sammy appears to be hurt by the double whammy of playing in an age of inflated abusive statistics and being judged by writers who have historically withheld their voices from anyone suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs.” – Gardener

Sammy Sosa hit 609 home runs in 18 seasons in the majors.

“The early vote by Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame vote tracker puts Sheffield at 46.2% (as of January 17), giving him another boost from the previous year. The upward trend should continue next year as Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa fall out of the mood.” – Boeck

Sheffield was a nine-time All-Star.

Making his debut on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot in 2022, Rollins presents an interesting case — and one that voters will no doubt analyze closely in years to come.” – Yomtov

Jimmy Rollins won four gold shortstop shortstop gloves for the Phillies from 2007-12.

“Rolen becomes a Hall of Famer. It’s just a matter of when.” – Boeck

Scott Rolen was an eight-time winner of the Gold Glove Award at third base.

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