Cancel the 2022 Hall of Fame ballot

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It’s that time of year again. The 2022 Hall of Fame ballot has been officially announced, with 30 players hoping to receive the call for immortality. The ballots have already begun to trickle in, and while it will be a few weeks until official results are announced, hope is in the air.

Of course, that hope was a lot stronger for some of the players on the ballot. For the vast majority of the 13 newcomers, the hope is only getting a vote or two, an acknowledgment that their careers are solid enough to warrant consideration. The layoffs may not happen, but that doesn’t change the solid careers of these players.

A closer look at the 2022 Hall of Fame ballot

For the other four players, this is the last chance to be voted. They have reached the end of their ten years on the ballot, and would otherwise need to be recommended by the Veterans Affairs Commission. The rest of the players may have more time, but no one wants to wait until the last moment to get that call.

This year, 30 players hope to receive a call from the Hall of Fame to become immortal. Let’s take a closer look at the ballot.

One and complete

Mark Teixeira, Carl Crawford, Jake Peavy, Justin Morneau, Prince Fielder, Joe Nathan, Tim Lincecum, Jonathan Papelbon, AJ Pierzynski, Ryan Howard

This is an impressive group of players. We have former Cy Young winners, All Stars, MVPs and players who have made history. We also have a group of players that have almost no chance of a second year on the ballot.

Maybe some players will get a vote or two. Some of them may even be close to reaching that 5% threshold to keep voting for another year. But that doesn’t change the fact that their careers, however remarkable, are simply not the caliber of the Hall of Fame.

Each of these players has had a solid career worth remembering. But the only way they should find their way into Cooperstown is with a ticket. Cancel the 2022 Hall of Fame ballot

Jake Nichol

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