theScore's mock HOF ballot: Record number makes the cut
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With the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame class set to be announced Tuesday, 17 of theScore's news editors submitted their own mock ballots with who they believe are worthy of being enshrined in Cooperstown.


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Player Votes Percentage
Roy Halladay 17 100%
Mariano Rivera 17 100%
Barry Bonds 16 94%
Roger Clemens 16 94%
Larry Walker 14 82%
Edgar Martinez 14 82%
Mike Mussina 14 82%

A would-be record seven players received the necessary 75 percent of the vote from our editors. The class of Halladay, Rivera, Bonds, Clemens, Walker, Martinez, and Mussina received at least 14 selections. Halladay and Rivera would mark the first unanimous choices in history, dethroning the current record holder, Ken Griffey Jr., who received 99.3 percent of the vote in 2016. Bonds and Clemens, who have each been on the actual ballot for seven years, received all but one vote.

Missed the cut

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Player Votes Percentage
Curt Schilling 11 65%
Manny Ramirez 8 47%
Scott Rolen 6 35%
Andruw Jones 5 29%
Gary Sheffield 3 18%
Sammy Sosa 3 18%
Billy Wagner 2 12%
Todd Helton 2 12%
Roy Oswalt 1 6%
Fred McGriff 1 6%
Lance Berkman 1 6%
Jeff Kent 1 6%

Schilling continues to be an interesting case, as he fell just two votes shy of induction here. One of the greatest postseason pitchers in history and a six-time All-Star, Schilling won three World Series and has both a World Series MVP and NLCS MVP to his name. However, his spot in the Hall of Fame has become a contentious issue among baseball fans in his post-playing days due to controversial social media posts, some of which led to his firing from ESPN.

Ramirez, another controversial figure among voters - for very different reasons - received solid representation from our staff but still fell short. Ramirez is one of the greatest right-handed sluggers in the history of the game but was twice suspended for performance-enhancing drugs.

Off the ballot

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Player Votes Percentage
Andy Pettitte 0 0%
Omar Vizquel 0 0%
Michael Young 0 0%

Despite putting together strong careers, Pettitte, Vizquel, and Young did not receive a single vote and fall off our ballot. It was the first year of eligibility for both Pettitte and Young, and the second for Vizquel.

theScore's mock HOF ballot: Record number makes the cut
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