Every year when the Baseball Writers Association of North America announces its Hall of Fame eligible ballot, it is always interesting to see new candidates. Typically, there is a mix of some of the greatest baseball players of all time, frequent All-Star appearances, and names that you would surely prefer to place under the “Let’s remember some of these guys” category.
This year is no exception and here is a detailed look at two very important names among the former Latino players who are candidates for Cooperstown for the first time, plus the list with the rest of the newcomers and all those who repeat from previous years.
The legendary Dominican career began without much fanfare. The Mariners signed him in 1992 and then traded him to the Twins four years later. Ortiz made his major league debut with Minnesota in 1997 and spent six unremarkable seasons with the Twins, before being released after the 2002 season.
A month after Minnesota let him go, Ortiz signed with the Red Sox. The rest, as they say, is history: The left-handed gunner became one of the most feared sluggers in the game and responded with big hit after big hit to help the Red Sox break their 86-year drought without winning the World Series. , leading a historic comeback in the 2004 American League Championship Series against the Yankees.
Ortiz finished in the top five in the American League MVP voting each year from 2003 to 2007 and in that 2007, he helped Boston win another Fall Classic with a sweep over the Rockies. Big Papi, as he is known in Boston and the entire baseball world, won another ring with the Red Sox in 2013, taking World Series MVP honors after hitting .688 with a pair of home runs against the Cardinals.
Ortiz’s name has been linked to the use of performance-enhancing substances. He reportedly tested positive for doping in 2003, when MLB did not impose penalties if a player tested positive.
Ortiz finished his career with 541 home runs in 20 seasons, leading the Big Top with a 1,021 OPS at age 40 during his farewell campaign in 2016.
Rodriguez was one of the most renowned prospects in baseball history in the early 1990s. And rightly so. Not only did it meet expectations, it exceeded them. In 1996, his first full season in the majors, the precocious shortstop finished second in the AL MVP voting after hitting .358 / .414 / .631 and leading MLB with 54 doubles and hitting 36 home runs.
Rodriguez had a .933 OPS with 148 homers and 111 stolen bases over the next four seasons with the Mariners, before signing a free agent contract with the Rangers for a then-record $ 252 million.
A-Rod hit 156 home runs over the next three seasons, while hitting a 1,011 OPS and taking the AL MVP award in 2003. With the Rangers in trouble despite their numbers, Texas traded Rodriguez that offseason to the Los Angeles. Yankees, with whom he played the last 12 years of his career.
Rodriguez won two other MVP awards from the LA and, between 2004 and 2010, he hit 268 home runs and had a .952 OPS with New York, helping the franchise win its 27th World Series in 2009.
Injuries and links to the use of performance-enhancing substances tainted Rodriguez’s career, however. In 2009, he confessed to doping between 2001 and 2003. Rodriguez retired with 696 home runs, the fourth-highest number of all time.
The rest of the debutants on the ballot
Those who return for this election
Curt Schilling (71.1% in the last vote) 10th and last year
Barry Bonds (61.8%) 10th and senior year
Roger Clemens (61.6%) 10th and last year
Scott Rolen (52.9%) 5to año
Omar Vizquel (49.1%) 5th year
Billy Wagner (46.4%) 7th year
Todd Helton (44.9%) 4th year
Gary Sheffield (40.6%) 8vo año
Andruw Jones (33.9%) 5th year
Jeff Kent (32.4%) 9th year
Manny Ramírez (28.2%) 6th year
Sammy Sosa (17.0%) 10th year
Andy Pettitte (13.7%) 4th year
Mark Buehrle (11.0%) 2nd year
Torii Hunter (9.5%) 2nd year
Bob Abreu (8.7%) 3rd year
Tim Hudson (5.2%) 2nd year