A-Rod, Ortiz headline newcomers on 2022 Hall of Fame ballot

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Former superstars Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz headline a group of 13 newcomers on the Baseball Hall of Fame's class of 2022 ballot released Thursday.

The full list of first-time candidates includes several former MVPs and Cy Young winners who finished their careers in 2016.

Player Pos. Primary Team
Carl Crawford OF Rays
Prince Fielder 1B Brewers
Ryan Howard 1B Phillies
Tim Lincecum SP Giants
Justin Morneau 1B Twins
Joe Nathan RP Twins
David Ortiz DH Red Sox
Jonathan Papelbon RP Red Sox
Jake Peavy SP Padres
A.J. Pierzynski C White Sox
Alex Rodriguez SS/3B Yankees
Jimmy Rollins SS Phillies
Mark Teixeira 1B Yankees

These first-timers join a group of 17 holdovers who each received more than 5% of the vote in 2021. Controversial candidates Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, and Sammy Sosa are all making their 10th and final appearances on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot. Schilling was the only candidate to garner more than 70% support in the most recent vote.

Player Year on Ballot 2021 Pct.
Curt Schilling 10th 71.1%
Barry Bonds 10th 61.8%
Roger Clemens 10th 61.6%
Scott Rolen 5th 52.9%
Omar Vizquel 5th 49.1%
Billy Wagner 7th 46.4%
Todd Helton 4th 44.9%
Gary Sheffield 8th 40.6%
Andruw Jones 5th 33.9%
Jeff Kent 9th 32.4%
Manny Ramirez 6th 28.2%
Sammy Sosa 10th 17.0%
Andy Pettitte 4th 13.7%
Mark Buehrle 2nd 11.0%
Torii Hunter 2nd 9.5%
Bobby Abreu 3rd 8.7%
Tim Hudson 2nd 5.2%

The election results will be announced on Jan. 25. Candidates who receive at least 75% of writers' votes will be inducted as members of the class of 2022, while those receiving less than 5% won't be held over to 2023.

The BBWAA did not elect any players in 2021. Derek Jeter and Larry Walker were the players most recently elected by writers as members of the class of 2020; their induction ceremony was delayed until this past September due to COVID-19.

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