Firefighter from Caracas Francisco Rodríguez (K-Rod), owner of the absolute record for games saved in a campaign with 62, in 2008 with the Angels, who ranks fourth among relievers with the most saves (437) in the history of Major League Baseball, is among fourteen new candidates for the 2023 election to the Cooperstown Hall of Fame.
The ballot that began to be distributed yesterday among the approximately four hundred voters, members of the Baseball Writers' Association of the United States (BBWAA), includes a total of 29 candidates.
Rodríguez is the seventeenth Venezuelan to appear on the ballot list, since former Caracas shortstop Alfonso “Chico” Carrasquel appeared in 1966.
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Along with K-Rod in the 2023 form are the shortstop from Caracas Omar Vizquel who is going to his sixth election (2018-23) and the outfielder from Aragon Bob Abreu, who is participating for the fourth year since the 2020 process.
For the third time in history, three Venezuelan candidates have been nominated in the same election. In 2017, Magglio Ordóñez, Carlos Guillén and Melvin Mora were nominated. In 2018, Vizquel and pitchers Johan Santana and Carlos Zambrano were listed as candidates.
Vizquel received just 94 votes (23.9%) in 2022, the most discreet support from the chroniclers in his five applications, as a result of the personal problems in which he was involved. Apparently these issues are in the process of being resolved, something that could favor you. Abreu received 34 votes (8.6%) in 2022. He previously got 35 (8.7%) in 2021 and 22 votes (5.5%) in his first year.
The 2023 shortlist, in alphabetical order, is as follows: Bob Abreu, Bronson Arroyo, Carlos Beltrán, Mark Buehrle, Matt Cain, RA Dickey, Jacoby Ellsbury, Andre Ethier, JJ Hardy, Todd Helton, Torii Hunter, Andruw Jones, Jeff Kent, John Lackey, Mike Napoli, Jhonny Peralta, Andy Pettitte, Manny Ramírez, Álex Rodríguez, Francisco Rodríguez, Scott Rolen, Jimmy Rollins, Gary Sheffield, Huston Street, Omar Vizquel, Billy Wagner, Jered Weaver and Jayson Werth.