First-year Hall of Fame candidate Jimmy Rollins received a total of 37 votes on the 2022 Baseball Writers Association of America Hall of Fame ballot. He finishes at 9.4% in 2022 and will remain on the ballot in 2023.
The former Phillies shortstop finished third in voting among all first-year candidates behind Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz. Ortiz was the only candidate on the BBWAA ballot to earn election (77.9%) while Rodriguez finished at 34.3%. Results were announced Tuesday night in an MLB Network special.
Based on Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame ballot tracker, Rollins received 21 public votes with a little more than half of the ballots revealed. Since there are around 400 voters in this year’s cycle, Rollins crossed the 5% threshold needed to stay on the ballot next year when he received his 20th vote.
Rollins has a long way to go towards election. Candidates have to receive 75% of the vote in a given year to be elected to Cooperstown. Some players earn election after the first year while others start with a low vote total and gain traction as the years go by. Former Phillie Scott Rolen is a good example as he debuted at 11.8% in 2018. Since then, his vote total has soared to 63.2% in 2022 and is trending toward election in the coming years. That doesn’t mean Rollins will eventually get in (Rolen has a better case than Rollins), but it will be interesting to see where his vote total will peak.
Before the Hall of Fame announcement, Rollins was a guest on Ken Rosenthal’s Hall of Fame Special. Among other things, he spoke on the importance of leadership and intangibles and whether or not that should be considered in Hall of Fame voting.
“With all the numbers, you can isolate certain parts of the game and you’d wanna compare a guy against another guy or against a group of people, but something that doesn’t show up is the ability to bring the best out of your teammates,” Rollins said. “The ability to walk into a clubhouse and command it. The ability to walk up and down the dugout and get everyone’s attention when needed. Also the ability to put a city and an organization on your shoulders and [say] ‘This is the way we’re going.’ How do you quantify that? Is it a real thing? For some people, it’s not. But to the guys that put on a uniform, you know it’s a real thing.”
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