Zero players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 2021

Tanya Simon
January 27, 2021

"I will not participate in the final year of voting", he said.

Thus, Tuesday's announcement means that no new players gained Cooperstown entry for the first time since the Kennedy administration.

San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds smiles as he begins to round the bases after he hit his 73rd home run of the season, against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game in San Francisco on October 7, 2001.

Among the biggest gainers in this year's voting was long-time third baseman Scott Rolen, whose share increased from 35.3 percent to 52.9 percent in his fourth year on the ballot.

Schilling, who finished with 71.1 percent of the vote, was 16 votes short of being selected - the closest of any player on the ballot.

Barry Bonds was the second-most popular choice, appearing on 61.8 percent of the ballots. That year proved to be an exception. But there are signs that the 2021 shutout could be repeated next year - and perhaps the year after that as well.

Schilling's on-field accomplishments face little dispute, but he has ostracized himself in retirement by directing hateful remarks toward Muslims, transgender people, journalists and others.

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The longtime major-league pitcher shared a letter on his Facebook Tuesday night, requesting his removal from Hall of Fame ballots going forward. His Hall of Fame consideration will now be decided by the veteran's committee.

Bonds has yet to be inducted due to his alleged ties to performance-enhancing drugs, which he has denied using over the years. He's up slightly from the 5.5% he received in 2020, his first year on the ballot. Both were implicated in baseball's steroid scandal.

Barring a significant change in the way the electorate approaches PEDs, it's possible the BBWAA won't vote anyone in next year, either. I am requesting to be removed from the ballot. With a total of 401 votes cast, 301 were needed for election.

2022 will not only be the final year of eligibility for Schilling, Bonds and Clemens, but three of the most accomplished Phillies ever - Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Jonathan Papelbon - will appear on the ballot for the first time ever. "It would not surprise me if he got 50% and it wouldn't surprise me if he got 85%".

Now Rodriguez and Ortiz will join the fray, making the 2022 ballot perhaps the most hard one yet in clarifying where we are going with all this.

Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins each won an MVP, and Tim Lincecum won two Cy Young Awards.

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