All ballots had to be in by yesterday. The site that tracks the votes as they’re made public is up and running:
There are no likely hall of famers among the first-year eligible players. That makes it an interesting year to see who makes a move and who—if anyone—gets in. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Curt Schilling are all in their penultimate year of eligibility. Each is more than qualified to be in, and each is not due to either presumption of chemical assistance or widespread opinion that they’re jerks, or both. Right now (with about 28% of the vote in) each is sitting at/around 72-74%. Usually the more, um, liberal about PEDs voters go early, so I don’t think Clemens and Bonds are getting there. On the other hand, the more conservative voters are likely to be the less put off by Schilling’s mouth—I’m going to guess he does get the votes he needs, barely. Meanwhile Scott Rolen and Todd Helton appear to be making strong moves. Surprisingly, so are Manny Ramirez and Gary Scheffield…which, again, we will see what happens when the less chemistry-friendly voters get their say. Also surprisingly, Omar Vizquel is not. I expect the late voters will bump up his numbers but not as much as I thought originally that he’d garner this year. I’m on record with the idea he’s more at the “Hall of Very Good” level, but he’s had very vocal supporters in the media.
Also, remember that the “Golden Days” and “Early Baseball” committees have been postponed for a year because the committee members cannot figure out how to use Zoom…so no posthumously recognizing Dick Allen for at least a year.