Only 6.3% of Creoles have made it to the Cooperstown ballot

David Ortiz, Alex Rodríguez and Juan Uribe debut this year on the ballots of journalists who vote to elect the new immortals to the Cooperstown Hall of Fame, since they last played in the 2016 campaign and appeared in more than 10 seasons , the minimum requirements.

But that year pitchers Roberto Hernández (ex Fausto Carmona), Joel Peralta and Carlos Villanueva also finished their careers and they do not appear on the cards that the members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA in English) will have. In 2020, neither were Wandy Rodríguez, nor Rafael Soriano when Aramis Ramírez, a batter with 386 homers and 2,303 hits, only captured four votes (1%) in his fleeting step.

It is that playing in 10 years and seeing five pass after retirement does not guarantee to appear on the ballot. From a committee of six writers, at least two of them must nominate the players to take into account to overcome the first sieve, the one that neither Hernández, nor Peralta, nor Villanueva went through their careers to be considered modest or even good, but not very good.

Through the 2016 season there were 554 Dominican players who finished MLB careers or saw action for the last time that year and have not returned. Of that list, only 35 appeared on the ballots to elect the immortals, that is, 6.3% … And only three achieved the objective (Juan Marichal, Pedro Martínez and Vladimir Guerrero). It was 0.5% of the largest group that passed through the league.

If the number of those who appeared in 10 seasons until 2016 is reduced, this drops to 112, so there are 77 who, although they met the first two requirements, were not considered for their names to be nominated among the options. Seen this way, 31% of those who played until 2016 reached the ballot and 9% were immortalized.