2022 Baseball Hall of Fame Announcement: TV Channel, Live Stream, Time, Watch Online, Storylines

The results of the BBWAA vote for the 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame class will be revealed Tuesday night on MLB Network. Famous names like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, David Ortiz, Curt Schilling and Scott Rolen are among the players on the ballot this year, but it is possible that no players will be voted this year.

The full ballot paper for 2022 can be viewed here. The Rules: A player is eligible to be placed on the ballot after five years of retirement. Players who receive at least 75 percent of the returned ballots from qualified BBWAA voters will be granted Hall of Fame entrance. Those who fall below five percent drop out of the vote. Those between five and 75 percent can remain on the ballot for up to ten years. BBWAA members who are active and in good standing for at least 10 years can vote for zero to ten players each year.

Please note that two different era committees (sometimes referred to as “veteran committees” as a recall to the past) have already elected six new Hall of Famers to the 2022 class: Buck O’Neil, Bud Fowler, Jim Kaat, Tony Oliva, Gil Hodges and Minnie Minoso. So even if another BBWAA shutout comes along, there will be plenty to celebrate in Cooperstown this summer.

Here are the details for Tuesday’s roster show:

2022 Baseball Hall of Fame Class Announcement

  • Time: 18:00 ET | Date: Tuesday 25 January
  • TV channel: MLB Network (coverage starts at 4pm ET and lasts four hours)
  • live stream: fuboTV (free trial)

Below are six storylines to watch as the vote totals are revealed Tuesday night. NOTE: When I talk about “polling”, I’m talking about Ryan Thibodaux’s voice tracker (it’s not so much a poll as it is ballot collecting, but this is the easiest way to frame it succinctly).

1. Will it be an Ortiz-only reveal?

All signs point to this being a shutdown or one man entering. David Ortiz has sounded well above the 75 percent threshold during voting season and looks like he may have a shot on his first try. There is also a real possibility that he will fall just short with 70-75 percent of the vote.

That means there’s some real drama going into the selection show about whether someone comes in or not; it’s just one player.

Stepping into the show to see if anyone made it, see if there was one player or not chosen by the BBWAA. It is Big Papi or bust.

2. Low grades for A-Rod

The other big name among the first-timers on this vote was of course Alex Rodriguez. I’ve already discussed at length why I think his case is incredibly complicated. We have seen that the voters didn’t give Manny Ramirez much love, but he was a much less complete player with a less overall offensive resume. Since this was A-Rod’s first time on the ballot, we really had no way of knowing how much support he garnered. We still can’t be sure until the votes are out, but polls suggest he won’t even get 50 percent of the vote. Maybe not even 40 yet. This is definitely something to watch.

3. Swan song for foursome

Although it looks like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens chance of getting about 65 percent of the vote, that’s not enough to get them in.

Curt Schilling got 71.1 percent of the vote last year and leaned toward induction this year, but he publicly made a big show of asking the vote and it cost him. Looks like he’s going to be shy of induction.

Sammy Sosa got 17 percent of the vote last year, which was his highest point and could hit 20 this year. Still, that’s not close to 75 percent.

These four are named together as it is their 10th and thus final stint on the ballot. All four will not appear on the 2023 ballot.

Former Marlins president David Samson weighed in on Tuesday’s Hall of Fame announcement Nothing personal to David Samson. Listen below:

4. Pay attention to profit

Let’s keep a close eye on the following players:

  • Scott Rolen: His profit was immense, growing from 10.2 percent to 52.9 percent in four attempts. Opinion polls suggest another big jump in the 1960s. If he reaches the mid-1960s — especially knowing how many people are clearing this mood — the path will be clear for an introduction in 2023.
  • Billy Wagner: He’s up nearly 30 percent in the last three votes, but this is Wagner’s seventh shot at the ballot and it seems his gains have been modest, to the point where he may still not even hit 50 percent. That would make his chances of getting ahead slim.
  • Todd Helton: In just three attempts, Helton has risen from 16.5 percent to 29.2 to 44.9. It looks like he’s making another leap forward, perhaps into the mid-1950s. If so, 2024 would be the best bet for his anchoring, but he’s definitely on track.
  • Gary Sheffield: Sheffield was just a teenager in his first five years (2019), but then he jumped to 30.5 percent in 2020 and 40.6 percent last year. However, the polls show that his momentum may have stopped, which doesn’t bode well for his chances with just two votes left after this one.
  • Andrew Jones: Little more than an afterthought that lingered on the ballot in his first two years, Jones hit 19.4 percent in 2020 and 33.9 last year. It looks like its momentum continues, with a real chance of getting close to 45 percent. This is its fifth year on the ballot and over 40 percent with this kind of recent momentum would represent a real shot at getting there.
  • Jeff Kent: He was in the teens for the first six years on the ballot, then jumped to 27.5 percent in 2020 and 32.4 last year. Polls suggest there has been no momentum at all, which doesn’t bode well for Kent who will make a huge jump to 75 percent next year – his last on the ballot.
  • Bobby Abreu: Browsing through the publicly available data, Abreu is still a darling for many, but has not yet made a big breakthrough. Last year he got 8.7 percent and it looks like he has a 10 percent chance this year. His Andruw Jones-esque breakthrough hasn’t happened in year three, or so it seems. We’ll know for sure on Tuesday evening.
  • Jimmy Rollins: In its first year, it’s hard to tell what the vote totals will look like when the publicly revealed ballots are compared to those who never reveal their votes. However, it looks like he will survive the five percent cutoff and sit maybe 10-15 percent.

5. Who’s Losing?

  • Mark Buehrlea received 11 percent of the vote on its first attempt last year. He probably survives, but looks like he’s losing support.
  • Tim Hudson only had 5.2 percent of the vote last year and we’ve already seen him lose a handful of public votes. That will probably seal his fate, although survival is always possible.
  • Torii Hunter received 9.5 percent of the vote last year, but is also losing support in the public vote. It may stay on, but it looks like it’s getting close.
  • Among first-timers, we’ve seen public votes for Ryan Howard, Tim Lincecum, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Papelbon and Mark Teixeira, but it would be upset if one of them got five percent of the electorate (Lincecum is the best bet with Nathan next). We haven’t seen a public vote for Carl Crawford, Jake Peavy, Justin Morneau, Prince Fielder or AJ Pierzynskic.

It’s possible everyone listed here in this subheading won’t make the five percent and get chopped off for next year, but there’s a chance Buehrle, Hudson, Hunter, Lincecum, and/or Nathan will survive. The best bet is a few of that five and no one else makes it. I predict Buehrle, Hunter, Lincecum and Nathan will make it.

6. Are Vizquel’s Chances Falling Apart?

Omar Vizqueli debuted on the 2018 vote with 37 percent of the vote and it rose to 52.6 percent for the 2020 vote. Last year it fell to 49.1 percent and this year will be much less than that, due to several allegations off the field. He has lost more than 40 votes to those who have voted for him in the past, polling about 11 percent.

Combine this move with his less than excellent case on the field, particularly with advanced stats (e.g. I was a ‘no’ from the start) and it seems his chances are slim.

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