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Top candidates, voting trends, tracker

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The 2023 Baseball Hall of Fame class will be revealed Tuesday (6 p.m. ET on MLB Network).

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But will anyone join Fred McGriff, who was chosen unanimously by the 16-member Contemporary Era panel in December, at this summer’s induction ceremony? There is a good chance that no one will be elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America for the second time in three years. It happened in 2021.

Of the 28 former players — 14 first-timers — on the ballot this year, Scott Rolen has the highest percentage of votes on all ballots in 2022 at 63.2%. This year he won 79% of the vote, according to ballot papers that have been revealed publicly Ryan Thibaudoux Hall of Fame Polling Trackeralthough this number should decrease by at least 5% when all votes are revealed.

A player needs 75% of the vote to be elected. Those who get less than five percent drop from the ballot papers.

A look at some of the candidates on the ballot and their Hall of Fame case.

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Sure, if you go strictly by performance and hardware, Rodriguez is a no-brainer. Why, if not for a drug suspension, and for another season or two, he could have been the all-time king of baseball.

“Considering Rodriguez revealed he used PEDs over several seasons, was one of 15 players suspended from buying PEDs in the infamous Biogenesis case, how could he get in when Bonds and Clemens aren’t?”

– Bob Nightingale

Statistically or purely aesthetically, Beltran was one of the game’s most talented players, certainly of his era and by some measures of all time. Beltran hit 435 home runs and stole 312 bases, one of only five in the 400-300 club.

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