Fish Stripes staff members and readers have elected Miguel Cabrera, Luis Castillo, Jeff Conine, José Fernández, Mike Lowell, Gary Sheffield and Dontrelle Willis into our new Marlins Hall of Fame. So...who’s next?
The Marlins HOF is far more than a one-time diversion from the delayed 2020 season—it’s a living, breathing, digital museum that we intend to add to on an annual basis.
For the inaugural class, voting took place in April and the player announcements were earlier this week. But assuming “normal” circumstances, the tentative plan moving forward is to fill out ballots every February and announce the results shortly before Opening Day. That means the Class of 2021 is less than a year away!
Early indications are that year two should be eagerly anticipated by the fanbase...and potentially contentious. Popular write-in picks Iván Rodríguez, Robb Nen and Kevin Brown will debut on the ballot, joining 14 players from 2020 who received substantial support but fell short of the threshold for election.
Three-plus years removed from the end of their Marlins tenures, all of the following individuals will also be eligible for consideration: Dee Gordon, Adeiny Hechavarría, Tom Koehler, Marcell Ozuna, David Phelps, AJ Ramos, Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich. But that’s why this is a “preliminary ballot” article, because as we did this year, the staff will vet their candidacies first. The bold/italicized font used below distinguishes them from the confirmed 2021 HOF finalists:
Before the next election arrives, there’s plenty of time to contemplate changes to the voting percentage threshold, the minimum percentage required to remain on the ballot, how to weight staff versus fan votes, etc.
Any feedback on the process is highly encouraged.
How many players will be elected to our Marlins Hall of Fame in 2021?
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