The ballot for next year’s Hall of Fame election has been released, and there are plenty of players with ties to the Dodgers. The most notable, of course, is former Los Angeles outfielder Andre Ethier, who makes his debut on the ballot five years after his retirement after the 2017 season.
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Ethier had a solid 12-year career with the Dodgers, posting a 122 OPS+ with 162 home runs. He won a Silver Slugger in 2009 and a Gold Glove in 2011 and was a two-time All-Star. His 21.5 career Baseball-Reference WAR and 24.2 FanGraphs WAR are both well outside Hall of Fame range, so he’ll likely be one of those guys who picks up one or two votes at most but ends up well short of the 5% threshold to stay on the ballot for another year.
Other players on the ballot with ties to the Dodgers:
Bobby Abreu played 92 games for the Dodgers in 2012 and is in his fourth year on the ballot. He got 8.6% of the vote last year.
Bronson Arroyo sang a song to Walker Buehler at L.A.’s World Series ring ceremony at their 2021 home opener.
Carlos Beltran spearheaded a sign-stealing scheme to steal the 2017 World Series from the Dodgers. His candidacy will be very interesting, as he’s deserving statistically but sullied his reputation in his last season.
R.A. Dickey won the 2012 Cy Young Award that should have gone to Clayton Kershaw. If the voters hadn’t messed that up, Kersh would have won four straight Cy Youngs.
Andruw Jones played for five MLB teams and had an OPS+ of at least 100 for four of them. His OPS+ with the Dodgers was 35.
Jeff Kent was a Giant for a long time, and then he was a Dodger for a few years. He’s in his last year on the ballot and topped out at 32.7% last year.
John Lackey was the pitcher for the Cubs when Justin Turner hit his walkoff homer in Game 2 of the 2017 NLCS.
Manny Ramirez and Gary Sheffield are both deserving Hall of Famers based on their stats who played excellent seasons for the Dodgers, but both have thus far missed out due to steroid concerns.
Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth both played their best baseball with the Phillies and less-good baseball with the Dodgers, Werth near the beginning of his career and Rollins near the end of his. Werth’s uncle Dick Schofield and grandfather Dick Schofield both played briefly with the Dodgers, too.
Ballots are due near the end of this year and the voting results will be announced in January.
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