In 2018 there were 33 former players on the ballot of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) for consideration into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown New York. Fourteen had appeared on the 2017 ballot failing to receive at least 75 % of the vote. Nineteen were appearing for the first time. No players were on the ballot for their final year of eligibility. None of the returning player received less than 5% of the vote. This means that of the 33 players on the ballot they were either elected to the Hall with 75% or more of the vote (4 players), received less than 75% but more than 25% of the vote and have returned to the 2019 ballot ( 15 players), or received lass than 5% of the vote in their initial year and are not on the ballot for 2019 (14 players)
The 4 players who were inducted into the hall of fame on July 29th 2019 were …
(Ihave includerd teir hall of fame induction speeches as an added bonus)
8 of the 14 players who failed to receive 5% of the vote did receive at least one vote. These players were Carlos Lee, Livan Hernandez, Kerry Wood, Chris Carpenter, Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon, Johan Santana and Jamie Moyer. The 6 who received no votes were Carlos Zambrano, Orlando Hudson, Jason Isringhausen , Aubrey Huff, Kevin Millwood and Brad Lidge.
I will begin my 2019 HOF coverage in earnest with my next post featuring the 15 players returning to the ballot in 2019.