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2023 South Side Sox Hall of Fame Vote

Scott Rolen and Todd Helton (and, sure, Mark Buehrle) lead a deeper HOF ballot than anyone seems to be acknowledging

Did you forget that the favorite to be elected by the BBWAA, Scott Rolen, ever played for Toronto? Don’t hold it against him.
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Once again, this year our Cooperstown ballot is hosted in this post, so you will be able to see the results in real time right here, rather than having to go vote at an off-site ballot.

Also, again, I am going to provide less information. In past elections, whoo boy I overdid the detail for each player. Let’s face it, especially with a ballot this stacked, you know these guys pretty well. And I have still provided some key resources below, if you do want to brush up a bit as you vote.

Here’s the big change: no more voting limits. There are 28 candidates below, and you can click “yes” and vote for all 28 if you want. Or, like some BBWAA voters, you can return a blank ballot by clicking “no” for everyone.

Now, one note: The language for each poll is specific, for a reason. “Should [player] be in the Hall of Fame on this year’s ballot” is meant to allow for some nuance, because while we might agree that 15 players from this list should eventually be in Cooperstown — maybe not all of them should be elected at once, right now:

  • Are you really going to vote in Mark Buerhle before more worthy guys? (I am not inclined to name them, but c’mon.)
  • Possibly, PDA users like Alex Rodriguez have an undeniable case for the Hall, but make ’em sweat it out for their sins.
  • It’s the last dance for Jeff Kent — perhaps his penalty for being an overall jackass is to not get elected in the regular ballot cycle, but by the Veterans’ Committee.

So, if the issue was simply “Should [player] be in the Hall of Fame?” you might have a lot of “Yes” votes. But “... in the Hall of Fame on this ballot” is a different question, and should winnow even the biggest big Hall voter’s list here.

Which brings me to a final point: Each one of these player polls is a yes/no. Unlike a normal ballot, you’re not just checking “yes” for your guys. If you don’t check “no” on guys you don’t think should be in the Hall on this ballot, results will be skewed.

We’ll see how all this wrangles out. On a BBWAA ballot that’s projected to yield just one Hall-of-Famer (Scott Rolen, barely) in the Cooperstown election, let’s see how we compare.

Voting ends next Sunday night, January 22. We’ll post a story about the results the next day.

Also, if you read South Side Sox on Google AMP and Apple News, you’ve undoubtedly seen that our polls don’t show up there, so you’ll need to use another venue to get to SSS and vote.


Resources

Baseball-Reference’s Hall of Fame ballot grid

Jay Jaffe’s extremely good candidate bios at FanGraphs.

Adam Darowski’s Hall of Stats, which enshrines the 239 most worthy players in majors history.

Last year’s results at South Side Sox, which saw no inductions — not even David Ortiz, who cleared the BBWAA hurdle but got just 71% support from our site.


Below is our Hall of Fame ballot for returning players, with their 2022 SSS vote percentage included.

Poll

Should MARK BUEHRLE (73% in 2022) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 76%
    Yes
    (95 votes)
  • 24%
    No
    (30 votes)
125 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should TODD HELTON (57% in 2022) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 52%
    Yes
    (64 votes)
  • 47%
    No
    (58 votes)
122 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should ANDRUW JONES (55% in 2022) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 49%
    Yes
    (59 votes)
  • 50%
    No
    (60 votes)
119 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should SCOTT ROLEN (39% in 2022) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 52%
    Yes
    (64 votes)
  • 47%
    No
    (59 votes)
123 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should MANNY RAMIREZ (39% in 2022) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 40%
    Yes
    (49 votes)
  • 59%
    No
    (72 votes)
121 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should BILLY WAGNER (39% in 2022) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 41%
    Yes
    (49 votes)
  • 58%
    No
    (70 votes)
119 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should GARY SHEFFIELD (38% in 2022) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 38%
    Yes
    (47 votes)
  • 61%
    No
    (75 votes)
122 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should ALEX RODRIGUEZ (31% in 2022) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 33%
    Yes
    (41 votes)
  • 66%
    No
    (80 votes)
121 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should OMAR VIZQUEL (31% in 2022) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 22%
    Yes
    (27 votes)
  • 77%
    No
    (92 votes)
119 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should JEFF KENT (30% in 2022) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 31%
    Yes
    (38 votes)
  • 68%
    No
    (81 votes)
119 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should TORII HUNTER (22% in 2022) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 15%
    Yes
    (18 votes)
  • 85%
    No
    (102 votes)
120 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should JIMMY ROLLINS (21% in 2022) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Yes
    (15 votes)
  • 87%
    No
    (103 votes)
118 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should BOBBY ABREU (18% in 2022) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    Yes
    (22 votes)
  • 81%
    No
    (97 votes)
119 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should ANDY PETTITTE (18% in 2022) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    Yes
    (33 votes)
  • 71%
    No
    (82 votes)
115 votes total Vote Now

The other half of 2023’s vote are new additions to the ballot. They are presented here in order of career WAR, with their totals listed.

Poll

Should newcomer CARLOS BELTRAN (70.1 career WAR) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 50%
    Yes
    (58 votes)
  • 49%
    No
    (56 votes)
114 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should newcomer JOHN LACKEY (37.3 career WAR) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    Yes
    (2 votes)
  • 98%
    No
    (113 votes)
115 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should newcomer JERED WEAVER (34.6 career WAR) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    Yes
    (2 votes)
  • 98%
    No
    (113 votes)
115 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should newcomer JACOBY ELLSBURY (31.2 career WAR) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    Yes
    (2 votes)
  • 98%
    No
    (110 votes)
112 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should newcomer JHONNY PERALTA (30.4 career WAR) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Yes
    (1 vote)
  • 99%
    No
    (113 votes)
114 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should newcomer JAYSON WERTH (29.2 career WAR) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Yes
    (1 vote)
  • 99%
    No
    (114 votes)
115 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should newcomer MATT CAIN (29.1 career WAR) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Yes
    (1 vote)
  • 99%
    No
    (112 votes)
113 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should newcomer J.J. HARDY (28.1 career WAR) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Yes
    (1 vote)
  • 99%
    No
    (111 votes)
112 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should newcomer MIKE NAPOLI (26.3 career WAR) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Yes
    (1 vote)
  • 99%
    No
    (113 votes)
114 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should newcomer FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ (24.2 career WAR) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 13%
    Yes
    (16 votes)
  • 86%
    No
    (99 votes)
115 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should newcomer R.A. DICKEY (23.7 career WAR) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Yes
    (7 votes)
  • 93%
    No
    (107 votes)
114 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should newcomer BRONSON ARROYO (22.8 career WAR) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Yes
    (1 vote)
  • 99%
    No
    (113 votes)
114 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should newcomer ANDRE ETHIER (21.5 career WAR) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    Yes
    (2 votes)
  • 98%
    No
    (112 votes)
114 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should newcomer HUSTON STREET (14.5 career WAR) be elected to the Hall of Fame on this ballot?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Yes
    (6 votes)
  • 94%
    No
    (107 votes)
113 votes total Vote Now

You made it to the end. Thanks for voting!

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