June 22, 2021

Colorado Rockies news: What it takes to send a Rockie to Cooperstown (Purple Row)

The Big Questions About the 2020 BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot | FanGraphs

FanGraphs author Jay Jaffe takes us through the specifics for the standard Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, from how to get on the list, how to stay on it, and how to finally get a plaque in Cooperstown. The key takeaway for Rockies fans is 75 percent; both Larry Walker and Todd Helton need that many ballots to check their box.

The two have some work to do.

Larry Walker received 21.9 percent of the vote in 2017, but saw percent increases of 12.2 and 20.5 the next two years. He still would need a jump like last year to reach the threshold, and as Jaffe of FanGraphs states, Walker would need the third largest leap ever over the finish line to be inducted this year. Barry Larkin and Vladimir Guerrero both made jumps over 21 percent in their induction year.

Todd Helton received 16.5 percent of the vote last season. He reached well over the five percent requirement to stay on the ballot, and it’s safe to reason he will keep his name on the list for next year, at the very least.

Derek Jeter joins the ballot this time around, with conversation around whether he will be the second ever unanimous selection. Each…

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