If you’re a Colorado Rockies fans, your eyes will be fixed to the Baseball Hall of Fame results when they are announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Of course, Colorado Rockies fans are hoping that Larry Walker will be elected to Cooperstown in his 10th and final year of being on the BBWAA ballot. It seems a foregone conclusion that Derek Jeter will be voted into baseball immortality … but what about Walker and the other candidates? We’ll have to wait to find out.
We at Rox Pile decided to stretch the Hall of Fame balloting out a little further and do some interactive polling with Rockies fans. For the last three weeks, we have asked Rockies fans on Twitter to submit their vote for who they think should be in the Hall of Fame. In all, we gathered 340 votes.
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The same rules apply as they do in the real vote for the BBWAA members. Fans were allowed to vote for up to 10 players and, if a player gets 75 percent of the votes in our mock Hall of Fame voting exercise, Rockies fans deem him worthy of Cooperstown.
Well, the results are in. Here are the players chosen by Rockies fans to be in this year’s Hall of Fame class.
Larry Walker — No surprise here. Rockies fans know just how great Walker was on the diamond. With the Rockies announcing that they will be retiring his number in April, here’s hoping that 2020 is truly a magical year for one of the best to ever wear the purple pinstripes.
Maybe the only surprise was that Walker wasn’t a unanimous choice. He received votes on 332 of the 340 ballots (97.6 percent).
Todd Helton — In his first year on the ballot, Rockies fans felt #17 deserved to be on the stage along with Walker. He received votes in 304 of the 340 ballots (89.4 percent).
If for some reason you need to be reminded of Helton’s Hall of Fame case, we laid it out here.
Derek Jeter — Yes, the New York Yankee won over the voting minds of our readers as well. He wasn’t a unanimous choice (272 of the 340 ballots, 80 percent) but it was plenty to get the storied shortstop into the Hall of Fame.
Those were the only three to gain admission into the Hall of Fame in our mock balloting. The players coming closest but falling short were Curt Schilling (56.5 percent), Rogers Clemens (54.1 percent), and Barry Bonds (41.2 percent). Everyone else on the ballot fell below 40 percent of the vote.
So that was the mock Hall of Fame voting from Rockies fans. In honor of that and what has been and what he hope will be a big week ahead for Larry Walker, we at Rox Pile recorded a podcast with some of our thoughts heading into the real Cooperstown announcement.
Take a listen below.