After literally no players were voted into the 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame, the discussion surrounding the 2022 ballot is going to be interesting.
Not only will controversial figures in Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling make their tenth and final appearance on the ballot, but they will be accompanied bu David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez- both of whom have the requisite statistics but present difficult cases for voters.
Other holdovers include Billy Wagner (46.4%), Scott Rolen (52.9%), Todd Helton (44.9%), Omar Vizquel (49.1%), Andruw Jones (33.9%) and Gary Sheffield (40.6%).
Here are the top players who will be making their debut on the 2022 Hall Of Fame:
Alex Rodriguez (117.5 WAR) – 2,086 RBI (fourth all-time), 696 home runs (fourth all-time), 14-time All-Star, 3-time MVP (2003, 2005, 2007)
Jimmy Rollins (47.6 WAR) – 2007 NL MVP, three-time All-star, four Gold Gloves, 470 stolen bases
Carl Crawford (39.1 WAR) – 480 stolen bases, Four-time All-Star
Mark Teixeria (50.6 WAR) – three-time All-Star, five Gold Gloves, 409 home runs
Jake Peavy (39.2 WAR) – 2007 NL Pitching Triple Crown (19 wins, 240 strikeouts, 2.54 ERA), 2007 NL Cy Young Winner
Justin Morneau (27 WAR) – four-time All-star, 2006 AL MVP, 2014 NL batting champion
Coco Crisp (28.9 WAR) – 309 stolen bases
Joe Nathan (26.7 WAR) – six-time All-Star, 377 saves (eighth all-time)
Others eligible: Prince Fielder, Jonathan Papelbon, Marlon Byrd, A.J. Pierzynski