Another round of Hall of Fame voting has concluded. This year, only one player was elected into the Hall of Fame, which was Scott Rolen. From a Brewers perspective, they had three former players on the ballot. Those former players were Gary Sheffield, Francisco Rodriguez, and J.J. Hardy.
How did these former Brewers do in the 2023 Hall Of Fame Voting?
Gary Sheffield, who played his first four seasons of Major League baseball with the Brewers, received 55% of votes. Unfortunately 75% is the target in order to be elected into the prestigious Hall of Fame. Sheffield, a career .294/.393/.514 player with 509 home runs and over 1,600 RBI, has one more year of eligibility left. If he does not receive 75% of the votes next year he will be removed from the ballot.
Francisco Rodriguez had two different stints with the Brewers, but was with the team from 2011 through 2015. K-Rod is fourth on the all time saves leader boards with 437. 2023 was his first year on the Hall of Fame ballot and he received 10.8% of votes. He will remain on the ballot again next year.
The last former Brewer on the 2023 Hall of Fame ballot was J.J. Hardy. Unfortunately the two time All-Star, three time gold glove shortstop, and one time silver slugger did not receive any votes. Hardy put together some nice seasons with the Brewers, Twins, and Orioles over his 13 year playing career, but he was limited by a fair number of injuries, some of which he played through. He will not be eligible on the ballot next year.
Currently, there are seven former Brewer players in the Hall of Fame. Those players are Henry Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Don Sutton, Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Trevor Hoffman, and Ted Simmons. It would be nice to see another former Brewer be added, but both Sheffield and Rodriguez will need to see an increase in votes in order to do so.