The election results on the ballot vote by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will be announced on Monday, January 22nd.
An elector will vote for no more than ten eligible candidates considered worthy of election. Any candidate receiving votes on 75% of the ballots cast shall be elected to membership in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
I believe two first year players have the best chance to be inducted this year. Mariano Rivera, baseball’s all-time saves leader with 653, is the greatest relief pitcher of all-time. He is a sure-fire lock.
Roy Halladay, who died in 2017, was a two-time Cy Young winner and was one of the most dominant pitchers of his era. I think Halladay gets in as well. Following those two rather no-brainer selections, it gets rather interesting.
Two players who have a favorable chance to get in are Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina. Martinez is in his 10th and final year on the ballot.
He is geared to be voted in this year as he received 70.4% of the vote in 2018. Pitcher Mike Mussina’s vote share has gone up in each of his first five years on the ballot, reaching 63.5% last year.
On the other hand, I do not see any other available players getting in from a list that includes Todd Helton, Andy Petitite, Fred McGriff, Larry Walker, Roy Oswalt, none of the steroid scandalized players, and Vizquel.