Will David Ortiz be inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame? Latest voting update

David Ortiz is a living legend in Boston, but does he deserve to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility?

Based on very early voting returns, the answer appears to be “yes.”

The former Red Sox slugger is among 13 first-year additions and 30 total players on the ballot for the Hall of Fame Class of 2022. And as of Sunday, Ortiz was the only player on that ballot with at least 75% of total votes, which is the threshold to get into Cooperstown.

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Here’s a look at the top 10 vote-getters with 59 public ballots submitted, per Ryan Thibodaux’s Baseball Hall of Fame Vote Tracker (h/t to WEEI’s Rob Bradford):

  • David Ortiz: 80.6%
  • Roger Clemens: 74.2%
  • Barry Bonds: 74.2%
  • Scott Rolen: 72.6%
  • Curt Schilling: 69.4%
  • Todd Helton: 54.8%
  • Billy Wagner: 53.2%
  • Andruw Jones: 50.0%
  • Alex Rodriguez: 48.4%
  • Gary Sheffield: 43.5%

For context, only 15.8% of the total ballots have been cast. So, Ortiz is very far from a lock for induction with voting open for nearly another month. No candidates received more than 75% of votes in 2021, so Ortiz faces an uphill battle.

Still, these early returns are a good sign that voters view Ortiz as a legitimate Hall of Fame candidate. 

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