Just like we can expect in real life, nobody earned the nod on FanSided’s Baseball Hall of Fame vote.
Dodgers fans, pour one out for Dan Haren, Gary Sheffield and Manny Ramirez. Those former Los Angeles stars won’t be headed to the Hall of Fame in 2021 (and probably not ever). But if we’re to take anything away from FanSided’s 2021 Hall of Fame vote, we can expect nobody to get in this year, especially not a number of former NL West stars.
Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent, Omar Vizquel, Todd Helton, LaTroy Hawkins, Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, Michael Cuddyer, and others won’t be getting the nod. FanSided’s panel of experts determined not one single player on the 2021 ballot would get elected to the Hall of Fame.
Given the Dodgers really had no horse in the race, all fans can do is sit back and laugh at the fact that we’re seeing Bonds’ eligibility slowly dissipating and the MLB’s all-time home run king* will once again fall short.
Bonds, Roger Clemens and Andruw Jones were the closest to earning the faux honors, but if a younger generation of baseball journalists, writers and bloggers isn’t giving Bonds and Clemens the nod, then we’re not sure the crusty older ones will.
In fairness, however, a lot of the first-year eligible guys weren’t going to make it in 2021, and a lot of these other names are fairly controversial. Bonds and Clemens speak for themselves. Omar Vizquel now has some questionable off-field character issues taking centerstage. Ramirez had multiple PED suspensions. The rest? Just really not that good enough in terms of Hall of Fame resume.
No surprise, really. It could very well be the most boring Hall of Fame vote we’ve seen in modern history, but at least we’ll get to see Derek Jeter and Larry Walker enjoy their delayed induction this coming summer.
For the Dodgers? They’ll have to wait a little while before they see one of their own get into Cooperstown.