On Tuesday night at 6pm ET, the National Baseball Hall of Fame will reveal if anyone from the 2021 ballot will be inducted later this summer. Due to the pandemic, any honored players will be enshrined alongside the 2020 inductees (a class highlighted by Derek Jeter).
There are several former Yankees on the ballot, including Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Gary Sheffield, Bobby Abreu, and Andruw Jones. Of that group, Clemens has the closest chance at induction, given that he received 61 percent of the vote in 2021 — almost identical to his fellow controversial legend, Barry Bonds.
Pettitte saw a small jump from 9.9 percent in 2019 to 11.3 percent last year, while Sheffield and Jones saw greater leaps (13.6 percent to 30.5 percent and 7.5 percent to 19.4 percent, respectively). Abreu just barely survived his first year on the ballot in 2020, clearing the minimum threshold by three votes (5.5 percent).
I’ll have a post up tomorrow showing the results of the Pinstripe Alley staff Hall of Fame vote, but since we had fun looking through your report cards on the 2020 Yankees last week, we want to hear from you! It’s easy to vote — just submit your ballot on the Google Form linked here by 5pm ET on Tuesday. You can vote for a maximum of 10 players, but don’t feel obligated to do so if you don’t think that there are 10 worthy of induction.
When our news story on the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot results runs shortly after 6pm, I’ll include how the community overall would have voted.