The conclusion of the 2022 MLB season means conversations regarding the 2023 Hall of Fame class have begun. The ballot was released on Monday afternoon and includes 28 former major league pros. A number of the storied players donned a Philadelphia Phillies uniform at some point in their career.
Jimmy Rollins is the name that sticks out right away. This will be Rollins second year on the ballot after he received 9.4% of the vote in 2022. The 2007 NL MVP finished his 17-year career with 511 doubles, 115 triples and 470 stolen bases. His speed made him the perfect leadoff hitter in Philly.
Bobby Abreu is on the ballot for the fourth year in a row and received 8.6% of the vote in 2022. The 2005 Home Run Derby champion made back-to-back All-Star games with the Phillies in 2004-05 and smacked 54 home runs during that span. He finished his 18-year career with a .291 batting average.
Scott Rolen may be have the best chance of any Phillie to make it into the Hall of Fame. He received 63.1% of the vote in 2022 and only needs 75% of the vote to secure a spot forever. The seven-time All-Star was named NL Rookie of the Year in 1997 and won four Gold Gloves at 3B in Philadelphia.
The only former Phillies great that is a newcomer on the ballot is outfielder Jayson Werth. Werth called it quits in 2017 after 15 years in the majors. He still holds the Philadelphia record for home runs in the postseason (11) and will need to get at least 5% of the vote to stay on the ballot moving forward.
MLB Hall of Fame results are set to be announced at 6 p.m. ET on January 4, 2023.
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