Will any former Phillies be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2022?
The Baseball Hall of Fame results for the class of 2022 won’t officially be announced until January 25, but we already know that some Philadelphia Phillies stars won’t make the cut.
As of January 21, 44.4% of ballots have been recorded in the tracker. That’s not a high enough percentage to guarantee anyone’s election, but it is enough to know which candidates have been mathematically eliminated; even if they received every vote on the still-unknown ballots, it wouldn’t be enough.
Former Phillies Bobby Abreu, Ryan Howard, Jonathan Papelbon, and Jimmy Rollins did not get elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
Bobby Abreu, Ryan Howard, Jonathan Papelbon, and Jimmy Rollins will not be in the class of 2022.
Scott Rolen (69.5%) and Curt Schilling (60.3%) are still hanging on; the former will need 79.4% of remaining votes to gain entrance to the Hall, the latter 86.7%.
While Rolen has gained 12 votes from returning voters, Schilling has lost 23 votes from people who had voted for him last year. This makes sense, as Schilling demanded to be removed from the ballot this year, and was rebuffed; many writers are simply complying with his request by removing him from their own.
Will Curt Schilling get elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame?
It’s unlikely that Rolen gets the requisite number of remaining votes needed, and even unlikelier that Schilling gets his. Of course, Schilling has already made it clear that if elected, he doesn’t want his plaque to bear a Phillies cap, anyway.
Barring an insane turn of events, the late Roy Halladay will remain the most recent Phillie elected by the BBWAA. However, the Hall of Fame Class of 2022 will not be a Phillies-less affair; the Veterans Committee elected Jim Kaat this year, and four of his 25 years in the majors were spent in red pinstripes, including back-to-back Gold Glove seasons in 1976-77.
Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that Kaat will go into the Hall as a Phillie, though, as he spent 15 years with the Minnesota Twins, with whom he won 12 consecutive Gold Gloves.
The true Phillies snub in this year’s Hall of Fame hullabaloo was Dick Allen, who played nine incredible seasons for the club over two stints in his 15-year career, including a standout Rookie of the Year season in 1964. His election is long overdue, and his continued exclusion outrages his fellow Phillies.