It’s official: on top of free-agent signings and the hot stove as a whole, it’s officially Hall of Fame season in MLB.
Eligible BBWAA voters will have until December 31 to submit their ballots.
Speaking of the ballots, the names have been revealed.
The always reliable Ryan Thibodaux shared all the names eligible for enshrinement should they get 75 percent of the votes.
As announced moments ago by @baseballhall, the 2024 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot: pic.twitter.com/wBfOUheuF3
— Ryan Thibodaux (@NotMrTibbs) November 20, 2023
The new names eligible for the Hall are Adrian Beltre, Joe Mauer, Chase Utley, David Wright, Bartolo Colon, Adrián González, Matt Holliday, José Reyes, José Bautista, Victor Martinez, James Shields, and Brandon Phillips.
They are joining other existing candidates from last year to form a 26-name ballot.
Of the new names, Beltre, Mauer, and Utley are considered by many as Hall-of-Fame worthy, at some point in their 10-year window.
Some consider Beltre as a strong candidate to enter Cooperstown as a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but only time will tell if that’s true.
Todd Helton, who earned 72.2 percent of the vote last year, is trending towards election this time around.
Billy Wagner (68.1 percent in the previous period) also has a chance to get in this year.
Of the existing candidates, only Gary Sheffield will enter the ballot for the tenth and final time.
He was at 55 percent last year and faces an uphill battle for enshrinement.
The final results will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, on a live broadcast on MLB Network.
The players who receive 75% of the vote and those elected from the Contemporary Baseball Era Managers/Executives/Umpires ballot, if there are any, will enter the Hall in the 2024 Induction Ceremony on July 21.
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