The National Baseball Hall of Fame has four new members. Tuesday night it was announced that Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina and the late Roy Halladay had been elected to Cooperstown.. They will be joined by Harold Baines and Lee Smith during the introductory weekend in July. Baines and Smith were elected by the match committee from today earlier this winter.

The selection of Rivera is historic. He became the first player to vote unanimously in the Hall of Fame. The 425 voters named Rivera on their ballot. Here are the highest voting percentages in the history of the Hall of Fame:

  1. Mariano Rivera: 100.0 percent
  2. Ken Griffey Jr .: 99.3%
  3. Tom Seaver: 98.8 percent
  4. Nolan Ryan: 98.8 percent
  5. Cal Ripken Jr .: 98.5%
  6. Ty Cobb: 98.2%
  7. George Brett: 98.2%

No other player has appeared on at least 98% of the votes in the Hall of Fame. Not Hank Aaron (97.8%), nor Babe Ruth (95.1%), nor Willie Mays (94.7%), nor Ted Williams (93.4%). I can not imagine the mental gymnastics used to not vote for these big four of the inner circle.

Now that there has been a breakthrough and we have our first unanimous Hall of Fame, I think it's only a matter of time before we see another one. . It will not be an annual event, of course, but BBWAA's electoral body is getting younger and the idea that if it was not the Hall of Fame unanimously, no one should do it. unanimity disappears.

Rivera's unanimous invitation is the perfect time to look to the future and determine who could be the next unanimous Hall of Fame. I guess it will happen sooner than many baseball fans think. Let's look at the next classes of the Hall of Fame, then the active players.

2020 ballot

MLB: Houston Astros at the New York Yankees

Can the former teammate of Mariano Rivera be the next Hall of Famer unanimously?


Derek Jeter: Several well-known players are ready to join the Hall of Fame vote next year. Throwing is by far the biggest and I think his chances of being unanimous are pretty good, relatively speaking. He is sixth on the all-time list (3,465) and sixth of War in all judgments. Add five rings of the World Series and the fact that it is a Yankee heritage, and Jeter is a Hall of Famer in the first round of voting. Detractors might point to his poor defense, I suppose, but it's terribly difficult to say that Jeter does not belong to Cooperstown. Unanimous selection is possible. Maybe even probable.

Ballot 2021

There is no detailed plan for the Hall of Famers, which will join the vote in 2021, but that does not prevent it from being a candidate for the unanimous nomination. The best eligible first year players in two years will be Tim Hudson and Mark Buehrle. Great players who have had a great career, no doubt. Are they Hall of Famers though? Are they candidates for unanimous initiation? With all due respect, I think the answer is no in both cases.

Ballot 2022

David Ortiz: Since Martinez and Frank Thomas (and Baines) have been going to Cooperstown in the last few years, the designated hitters are gaining popularity for the Hall of Fame. Ortiz is on the very very short list of the best hitters designated in the history of baseball. He is the all-time leading title in shots (by 501), home runs (by 216), extra-base hits (by 441) and RBI (by 566). Then there are the three rings of the World Series and its legendary status of the Red Sox. I believe that Big Papi enters the Hall of Fame in the first round of voting. The fact that Martinez spent 10 years on the ballot suggests to me that Ortiz will not be unanimous. There is a good chance that some voters will hold back against him the action "he was only a designated hitter", as well as long-standing performance-enhancing drug suspicions that are driving down the percentage of his vote.

Alex Rodriguez: Let's take his career to the fore and A-Rod is a slam dunk Hall of Fame worthy of unanimous intent. The same goes for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, and they are unlikely to enter Cooperstown at this point because of DEP links. They are still three years old on the ballot and their support has reached a plateau. If Bonds and Clemens can not enter the Hall of Fame, I do not think A-Rod is very lucky. And remember, unlike Bonds and Clemens, Rodriguez admitted to using DCs and served a suspended sentence (for separate transgressions). A-Rod is the fourth all-time player in the circuits (696) and 12th in the WAR player position (117.8). Even though BBWAA's electorate is more and more willing to neglect PED's problems, Rodriguez will have trouble entering Cooperstown. Unanimous selection is a chimera.

Carl Crawford, Prince Fielder, Tim Lincecum, Justin Morneau, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Papelbon, Jimmy Rollins and Mark Teixeira are also among the players who will join the Hall of Fame in 2022. I do not see any serious candidates to vote for Unanimity in the Hall of Fame. They are usually candidates for the Hall of Fame.

Ballot 2023

Carlos Beltran: I think Beltran is a member of the Hall of Famer and will eventually go to Cooperstown. He was one of the major two-way threats of his generation and a legend of the post-season. Beltran is ranked fifth out of the field in the war since the mound was lowered 50 years ago, leaving only Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Ken Griffey Jr. and Larry Walker. Walker did not particularly miss the enthronement in his nine years of registration at the Hall of Fame, but Beltran does not have to fight against the stigma of Coors Field. Four years is far, and the electoral body will change. I think Beltran is a great player who will go to Cooperstown. Unanimous selection, however, seems unlikely. To convince some 400 voters to hear about something is almost impossible and, as good as it is, I do not think Beltran can create that consensus.

Beltran is the only player to join the ballot in 2023 that deserves to be seriously considered by the Hall of Fame. John Lackey and Jered Weaver are the other eligible first-year eligible players who entered the poll in four years.

Ballot 2024

Adrian Beltre: Players who retired after the 2018 season will be eligible for the Hall of Fame for the first time in 2024. Beltre is an easy pick in the first round of voting. He would instantly become one of the top five base players at Cooperstown – given his 3,166 moves. , 477 circuits at home and a defense of another world at the highest level. He is 25th overall WAR (95.7), ahead of Wade Boggs (91.4) and just behind Cal Ripken Jr. (95.9). Hall of fame? This is an easy yes. Unanimous selection? I do not think it's impossible.

Joe Mauer: It seems to me that Mauer is preparing for a multi-year stay on the Hall of Fame ballot. I think most of them consider him a candidate at the limit, even if he was the best receiver of the game in the mid-2000s and he is still the only goalkeeper in the American League to win a title at the bat (He won three) Of the players with at least 2,000 appearances at the plate at this post, Mauer has the highest batting average (.332) and the second highest percentage (.408) among the players at the base of the captures. That said, he took less than 1,000 games and finished his career at first base, where the offensive bar is quite high. I think Mauer will have a hard time getting into Cooperstown and has almost no chance of getting unanimous.

Chase Utley: Utley does not have an impressive total of counting statistics (1,885 hits and 259 home runs) and he has never passed seventh in the MVP vote, but damn, what a baseball player it was. Hard and incredibly productive nose on both sides of the ball. Utley was no worse than the second best second-generation player of his generation alongside Robinson Cano, and I feel he will have a lot – a lot – Stathead support for the Hall of Fame when the time comes. A unanimous selection though? Do not bet on it.

David Wright: Ten years later, Wright was on the trail of the Hall of Fame. Then his body started to betray him. He was played as an ordinary player at the age of 31 and will be content to be the best player in the history of the Mets rather than the Hall of Fame. For me, Wright's case is similar to that of Andruw Jones. Jones was one of the best players in the game in his twenties, but he was more or less played every day at age 31. In the past two years, Jones has barely received enough votes to cross the five percent threshold required to stay on the list. ballot. I think Wright will get more support from the Hall of Fame than Jones, but not enough for induction and not enough for a unanimous selection to be a real possibility.

Active players

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at the Seattle Mariners

The Angels could have two future unanimous Hall of Famers on their list right now.


Miguel Cabrera: Cabrera could retire tomorrow and he would be voted in the Hall of Fame in the first round of voting. This is a slam dunk. The only question now is whether he can improve his case sufficiently to gain unanimity. He could reach 500 circuits in 2019 (35 on the outside) and 3,000 hits in 2020 (324 on the outside), and he has the chance to become the third player to retire with a performance of at least 150 OPS + in the last 50 years. Cabrera is a shoo-in that could only count a few currently counting the milestones of statistics away from unanimous induction.

Robinson Cano: Realistically, the suspension of the PED from last year has sabotaged the chances of the Cano Hall of Fame. He is about three years away from 3000 hits (530) and two years to break Jeff Kent's record for home runs as a second baseman (55 out). There are five more years of Cano's contract. He has plenty of time to continue building his Hall of Fame. No matter what he does from now on, the suspension of the PED assures him of not being a Hall of Famer unanimous. Some voters are too involved in the subject.

Clayton Kershaw: Although he is only 30, Kershaw has already done enough to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He is the best pitcher of his generation and he will be the first to vote. Kershaw is three years away from his 200 wins (47) and 3,000 playoffs (725) and, for now, he is only reinforcing his case in the Hall of Fame. He enters Cooperstown. Can he do enough to get a unanimous selection? I think so. A World Series ring and another half decade of domination would really help.

Albert Pujols: For me, Pujols has the best chance of being a unanimous Hall of Famer among active players. It's a super inner circle. It already has more than 3,000 hits and 600 circuits, and it will become early this season the fifth player in history with 2,000 points produced (18 on the outside). Pujols has statistics, he has the rings (two), he has the material (three MVPs). It has been hard to watch him limp until the end in recent years, but that should not detract from his greatness. Pujols was a devastating and historically great hitter. I think Jeter and he have the best chance of being inducted unanimously in the years to come.

Max Scherzer: It seems that Scherzer has become a potential Hall of Famer. Like Kershaw, he's a few years away from 200 wins (41) and 3,000 strikeouts (551), and Scherzer has been the best right-handed pitcher in baseball over the last five or six years. A case can be made it is the best baseball pitcher now that Kershaw is struggling with some injuries. Scherzer is still looking for a ring – I do not consider it necessary for the Hall of Fame, but winning a title would not hurt his cause – but he has three Cy Youngs. I think Scherzer is going to Cooperstown. I also think that at 34 years old, he probably does not have the time to put forward his point of view to justify the introduction by unanimity.

Ichiro Suzuki: Yes, Ichiro is still active. He recently signed a new contract with the Mariners and will be active for their season opener in Japan in March. Even ignoring what he did in Japan before joining the MLB, Suzuki has the skills of the first round of the Hall of Fame. More than 3,000 hits, a rookie of the year and a MVP trophy (the same season), 10 all-star games and 10 gold gloves, as well as world baseball icon status. Ichiro goes to the Hall of Fame. I think his chances of being a unanimous choice are very good too. Better than 50/50, I would say, which is way better than I would have said before Rivera became the first Hall of Fame unanimously this year.

Mike Trout: Clearly, Trout is on the trail of the Hall of Fame. Once he has passed the 10-year MLB game required to be on the Hall of Fame ballot – Trout has played seven full seasons, he is three years away from the official qualification for the ballot. Hall of Fame vote – I think we can think of it as a lock. Wright is a tough reminder that one must be awesome in his thirties, not just in his twenties, to attract the attention of the Hall of Fame, but Trout is a special case because he has so well. We are a long way from Trout on the Hall of Fame ballot – even though he is stepping down after a minimum of 10 years, Trout will still be 8 years old on the ballot – and many things can happen by then. . At the present time, I would say that Trout is on the way to an induction unanimously. His case until the age of 27 is as good as anyone else's.