The 2024 Hall of Fame ballot has been unveiled, and Philadelphia Phillies fans will be happy to see some familiar names added to the ballot.
The former Phillies who find themselves on the ballot for the first time include Chase Utley and José Bautista. They join three other former Phillies already on the ballot who haven't made it to Cooperstown yet: Jimmy Rollins, Bobby Abreu, and Billy Wagner.
Second baseman Chase Utley played for 16 seasons, 12 1/2 seasons for the Phillies. He was integral to the 2008 World Series championship and was dominant for a stretch of five years from 2006 to 2010. The six-time All-Star won four Silver Sluggers and slashed .282/.366/.481 with 233 home runs, 916 RBI, 142 stolen bases, 625 walks, and 958 strikeouts in 1,551 games.
José Bautista was in Philadelphia for a cup of coffee with the Phillies, playing in just 27 games in 2018 at the end of his career. He slashed .244/.404/.467 with two home runs, six RBI, 11 walks, and 15 strikeouts in 57 plate appearances.
Phillies returning to the ballot
Three former Phillies are among the 14 returning to the ballot for 2024. Players must receive at least five percent of the overall vote to remain eligible.
Rollins is on his third ballot, appearing on 12.9 percent of ballots last year. The shortstop spent 15 of his 17 MLB seasons in Philadelphia and was a part of the 2008 World Series-winning Phillies team. He won an MVP, a Silver Slugger, and four Gold Gloves and was named to three All-Star teams while wearing red pinstripes.
This is Abreu's fifth time on the ballot after appearing on 15.4 percent of voters' ballots in 2023. He spent eight and a half seasons in Philadelphia and had some of his best years as a Phillie. He finished his 18-year career slashing .291/.395/.475 with 2,470 hits, 288 home runs, 1,363 RBI, 400 stolen bases, and 1,476 walks in 2,425 games.
Billy Wagner spent two seasons in Philadelphia, from 2004-2005 and appeared in 120 games out of the bullpen. He had 59 saves, a 1.86 ERA, and recorded 146 strikeouts in 126 innings as a Phillie. Over his 16-year career, the lefty posted a 2.31 ERA and finished with 422 saves and 1,196 strikeouts in 903 innings. This is his ninth year on the ballot, after receiving 68.1 percent of the vote in 2023.
Any candidate who receives votes on 75 percent of all ballots cast will earn election to the Hall of Fame. The final voting results will air on MLB Network on Jan. 23, 2024 at 6 p.m. ET.