After back-to-back years with a slam-dunk nominee, the 2021 debutants on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot are unlikely to draw much support.
Mark Buehrle, Tim Hudson and Torii Hunter are among the top players who will debut on the ballot next year and – despite excellent careers – it’s hard to imagine anybody from this group will ever receive the 75% of the vote necessary to get in.
Holdovers include Curt Schilling (70%), Roger Clemens (61%) and Barry Bonds (60.7%), all of whom will be making their ninth – and penultimate – appearances on the ballot in 2021. Omar Vizquel (52.6%), Scott Rolen (35.3%) and Billy Wagner (31.7%) are among the other 2020 top vote-getters that will return to the ballot next year.
Here are the top newcomers on next year’s ballot ranked by career Wins Against Replacement:
Mark Buehrle (59.2 WAR) – 214 wins, 5-time All-Star, 4-time Gold Glove winner, career 3.81 ERA
Tim Hudson (58.1 WAR) – 222 wins, 4-time All-Star, career 3.49 ERA
Torii Hunter (50.1 WAR) – 9-time Gold Glove winner, 5-time All-Star, 2-time Silver Slugger