Voting for the National Baseball Hall of Fame will be announced this evening. Early vote tracking points to New York Yankees star shortstop Derek Jeter being a lock for induction. But will he be the only one?
In today’s Times-Tribune, you’ll find our staff picks for who we would vote into the Hall. None of us has an actual vote, but hey, we can dream. Here’s how we voted:
Jeter, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Manny Ramirez and Larry Walker all received enough votes to pass the 75 percent threshold needed for induction into our Hall of Fame. Gary Sheffield just missed with five votes and Andruw Jones, Jeff Kent and Curt Schilling all fell two votes shy.
Who would you put in the Hall of Fame?
Walker is in his 10th and final year on the ballot. Bonds, Clemens, Schilling and Sammy Sosa have two more chances after this year’s. Kent, Sheffield, Ramirez, Jones, Billy Wagner, Omar Vizquel, Scott Rolen, Todd Helton and Andy Pettitte are the other holdovers. Jeter is joined by first-timers Bobby Abreu, Jason Giambi, Cliff Lee, Rafael Furcal, Eric Chavez, Josh Beckett, Brian Roberts, Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Pena, Paul Konerko, Chone Figgins, Raul Ibanez, Brad Penny, Adam Dunn, JJ Putz, Jose Valverde and Heath Bell.
Conor Foley goes beyond the box score with in-depth coverage of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. He has worked at The Times-Tribune since graduating from University of Scranton in 2011, and he has covered the RailRiders since 2017. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9125; or @railridersTT