2022 Hall of Fame Election

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The results of the 2022 Hall of Fame Election will be announced on January 25, 2022. Before that, on December 5th, the Veterans Committee announced the results of votes covering two separate eras, resulting in six different players gaining election: Bud Fowler, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva and Buck O'Neil. This was already in marked contrast with 2021, when the BBWAA elected no one and the Veterans Committee had failed to meet.

BBWAA Voting[edit]

Eligible members of the Baseball Writers Association of America will vote on a ballot comprising holdover candidates from the 2021 Hall of Fame Election and players who played their last major league game in 2016.

The ballot was announced on November 22nd and comprises the following 30 names: Bobby Abreu, Barry Bonds, Mark Buehrle, Roger Clemens, Carl Crawford, Prince Fielder, Todd Helton, Ryan Howard, Tim Hudson, Torii Hunter, Andruw Jones, Jeff Kent, Tim Lincecum, Justin Morneau, Joe Nathan, David Ortiz, Jonathan Papelbon, Jake Peavy, Andy Pettitte, A.J. Pierzynski, Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez, Scott Rolen, Jimmy Rollins, Curt Schilling, Gary Sheffield, Sammy Sosa, Mark Teixeira, Omar Vizquel and Billy Wagner.

Veterans Committee[edit]

The Veterans Committee examined candidates from two separate eras, Early Baseball (prior to 1950) and Golden Days (1950-1969), making up for not meeting in 2020. The results of its deliberations were made public on December 5th, during the annual Winter Meetings in Orlando, FL, while MLB was in the middle of a lockout. Each committee included 16 members and 75% of the votes were required for election, with the six successful candidates to be inducted the following summer.

The Early Baseball ballot comprised nine names, with voting results listed below. The committee consisted of Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven, Ferguson Jenkins, John Schuerholz, Ozzie Smith and Joe Torre, Major League executives Bill DeWitt, Ken Kendrick and Tony Reagins and veteran media members/historians Gary Ashwill, Adrian Burgos Jr., Leslie Heaphy, Jim Henneman, Justice B. Hill, Steve Hirdt, Rick Hummel and official MLB historian John Thorn.

Player Votes Percentage Result
Buck O'Neil 13 81.3 ELECTED
Bud Fowler 12 75.0 ELECTED
Vic Harris 10 62.5
John Donaldson 8 50.0
Allie Reynolds 6 37.5
Bill Dahlen <5 31.3
Grant "Home Run" Johnson <5 <31.3
Dick "Cannonball" Redding <5 <31.3
George "Tubby" Scales <5 <31.3

The Golden Days ballot consisted of 10 names, with voting totals detailed below. The committee included the following members: Hall of Famers Rod Carew, Fergie Jenkins, Mike Schmidt, John Schuerholz, Bud Selig, Ozzie Smith and Joe Torre; Major League executives Al Avila, Bill DeWitt, Ken Kendrick, Kim Ng and Tony Reagins; and veteran media members/historians Adrian Burgos Jr., Steve Hirdt, Jaime Jarrin and Jack O’Connell.

Player Votes Percentage Result
Minnie Minoso 14 87.5 ELECTED
Gil Hodges 12 75.0 ELECTED
Jim Kaat 12 75.0 ELECTED
Tony Oliva 12 75.0 ELECTED
Dick Allen 11 68.8
Ken Boyer <3 <18.8
Roger Maris <3 <18.8
Danny Murtaugh <3 <18.8
Billy Pierce <3 <18.8
Maury Wills <3 <18.8

Induction[edit]

The induction ceremony is scheduled to take place on July 24, 2022 in Cooperstown, NY.

Other Awards[edit]

Jack Graney, pioneering broadcaster for the Cleveland Indians, was posthumously honored with the Ford Frick Award for broadcasting excellence; ironically, the equivalent award given out by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame already bore his name. Tim Kurkjian of ESPN was the recipient of the parallel BBWAA Career Excellence Award.

Further Reading[edit]

  • "7 under-the-radar HOF candidates", mlb.com, December 14, 2021. [1]
  • Nick Aguilera: "The most unlikely 2022 HOF candidates", mlb.com, December 28, 2021. [2]
  • Associated Press: "Late Indians outfielder/commentator Graney wins Frick Award", Yahoo! News, December 8, 2021. [3]
  • Mike Axisa: "Baseball Hall of Fame: Gil Hodges, Minnie Miñoso, Buck O'Neil among six voted in by eras committees: Bud Fowler, Jim Kaat, and Tony Oliva were also voted in", CBS Sports.com, December 6, 2021. [4]
  • Anthony Castrovince: "Buck, Gil, Minnie among 6 elected to Hall: Black baseball pioneer Fowler, Twins icons Kaat, Oliva also in Class of 2022", mlb.com, December 5, 2021. [5]
  • Manny Randhawa: "Every player making HOF ballot debut in '22", mlb.com, November 22, 2021. [6]
  • Manny Randhawa: "4 players facing last chance on HOF ballot", mlb.com, November 22, 2021. [7]
  • Liz Roscher: "Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz headline 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot", Yahoo! Sports, November 22, 2021. [8]
  • Shanthi Sepe-Shepuru: "Negro Leagues players up for Hall review", mlb.com, October 22, 2021. [9]
  • Andrew Simon: "Storylines to watch on '22 Hall of Fame ballot", mlb.com, January 26, 2021. [10]

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