Ex-Blue Jay Rolen, Todd Helton awaits results of Hall of Fame vote

Scott Rolen and Todd Helton, who hit a combined 685 home runs in 4,285 major league games, are looking for another trip around the bases.

Rolen and Helton will hope their chance for a curtain call comes Tuesday when the results of the Baseball Hall of Fame vote are announced at 6 p.m. ET.

With none of the first-timers on the ballot expected to receive nearly 75% of the votes — cast by eligible members of the Baseball Writers Association of America — needed for induction, Rolen and Helton are the candidates most likely to avoid the second. BBWAA laundering in the last three years.

All nominees elected via the BBWAA ballot will be inducted along with Fred McGriff at a ceremony scheduled for July 23 in Cooperstown, NY McGriff, who has hit 493 career home runs, was unanimously elected by the Baseball Players Committee contemporaries of 16 members on December 4.

Voting trends suggest Rolen and Helton will not join McGriff.

On Sunday night, Rolen and Helton — at 79.3% each — were the only candidates to vote over 75% on Ryan Thibodaux’s Baseball Hall of Fame Tracker, which tallies the votes of BBWAA members who have made their ballots public. of voting. . Former closest Billy Wagner was just behind at 73.3%.

But less than 50% of the ballots were known, and the candidates’ vote share is generally lower in the final tally than the smallest sample size of publicly revealed ballots.

David Ortiz, the only player elected via the BBWAA in 2021, received 79.8% of the publicly revealed votes. He had 77.9 percent which he received on the complete ballot. The final percentage for the next six candidates behind Ortiz.

8 gold gloves, 7 times all-star

Rolen, Helton and Wagner as well as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling, all of whom were in their 10th and final year on the ballot – were between 2.1% and 6.6% lower than their public vote percentage .

Jays moved Glaus for Rolen

Rolen won eight Golden Gloves at third base and was named to seven All-Star Teams from 1996 to 2012. He earned 63.2% of the vote in his fifth year on the ballot last year.

In January 2008, then-Blue Jays general manager JP Ricciardi acquired Rolen from the St. Louis Cardinals for fellow third baseman Troy Glaus.

Eighteen months later, Rolen was traded to Cincinnati for third baseman Edwin Encarnacion and minor league relievers Josh Roenicke and Zach Stewart before the no-waiver trade deadline.

Rolen had a no-trade clause but asked to be moved “for personal reasons,” Ricciardi said at the time, adding that the player wanted to be closer to his hometown of Jasper, Ind.

Helton, who won three Gold Gloves and four Silver Sluggers during a 17-season career spent entirely with the Colorado Rockies, received 52% in his fourth year of eligibility.

Wagner, who ranks sixth all-time with 422 saves, got 51% of the vote in 2021.

The only starters likely to receive the five percent of the ballot needed to stay on the ballot are Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez.

Beltran has hit 435 homers and made nine all-star teams, but his candidacy is set to suffer initially after he was the only 2017 Houston Astros player named in Major League Baseball’s report on the sign-stealing system used by the winner. of the World Series. Astros.

Rodriguez finished with 437 saves, fourth all-time.


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