My mock 2020 MLB Hall of Fame ballot: Not this time for San Diego Padres

COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 29: 2007 inductee Tony Gwynn gives his acceptance speech at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 29, 2007 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 29: 2007 inductee Tony Gwynn gives his acceptance speech at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 29, 2007 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) /
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Curt Schilling #38 of the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Curt Schilling #38 of the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images) /

Returning candidates

Curt Schilling returns for the eighth time and got the most votes from last year of those returning to the ballot with 60.9 percent.

Just as a reminder, you need 75 percent of the vote to get in.

According to Baseball Reference, Schilling finished with a WAR of 79.5, which is right behind Hall of Famer Tom Glavine at 80.7.

Longevity certainly helped Schilling accumulate such a high WAR playing 20 years, but that also hurts his standing a little as he only won 216 games even in all that time and finished with a career ERA of 3.46.

The righty has a lot of accolades that makes him a great Hall of Fame candidate with 6 All-Star appearances, 3 World Series titles, an NLCS MVP, and a World Series MVP.

Larry Walker enters his last year on the ballot and is gaining a lot of momentum because of it, but he also gets hurt by those who think his stats were padded in Colorado.

The big steroid guys, Bonds and Clemens, return for the eighth time and both received around 59 percent last year. You could probably throw Manny Ramirez in this group to a lesser extent.

Interestingly, Andruw Jones received the least votes of those returning, but he seems to be gaining the most momentum on the 2020 ballot.

I don’t think anyone else returning to the ballot is really all that close to being considered.

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