There are first-timers and last-timers, legends and scoundrels and plenty of talent in between. And on Tuesday, Jan. 25, baseball’s 2022 Hall of Fame class – or lack thereof – will be revealed.
Past precedent and current vote totals indicate that seven-time MVP Barry Bonds and seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens will miss induction in their 10th and final year on the ballot. Meanwhile, first-time candidate David Ortiz will find out if his star turn as Boston Red Sox DH will be enough to get him in – or if questions over a reported positive test for a banned substance will at least temporarily confine him to the Bonds-Clemens treatment.
USA TODAY Sports is breaking down the 12 most intriguing cases on the ballot, with all you need to know heading into Tuesday’s momentous announcement on MLB Network.
Alex Rodriguez (first year)
"Ultimately, Rodriguez seems destined for a Bonds-like slog for the entirety of his 10 years on the Hall of Fame ballot – with his greatness on the field acknowledged, but his transgressions off the field denying him entrance." – Steve Gardner
David Ortiz (first year)
"It’s impossible to tell the story of baseball in the 21st century without David Ortiz, whose production is Hall-worthy, whose feats were historic and whose outsize personality made him one of the few instantly recognizable faces in an increasingly stratified media universe." – Gabe Lacques