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Although they launched very recently, Mark Buehrle and Tim Hudson might as well be Pud Galvin and Old Hoss Radbourn. Last season, only four starters in the majors reached 200 innings, a figure Buehrle exceeded for 14 consecutive seasons. Both he and Hudson have worked more than 3,000 career innings, a threshold that only one active pitcher, Zack Greinke, has crossed.

Alas, for Buehrle and Hudson, consistency and durability didn’t count for much with voters. Both players are at risk of falling below 5%, which would make them disappear from the ballots of future writers. Buehrle received 11% on his debut last year; Hudson at just 5.2% – and early returns are disheartening.

Whatever happens, their precarious status sets a worrying precedent for another then stalwart, Jon Lester, who retired this month. Buehrle, Hudson and Lester all made multiple All-Star teams but never won a Cy Young award, had at least 200 wins while making fewer than 500 starts, and had an ERA between 3.49 and 3.81. Lester’s bid will have to rely heavily on his dazzling World Series record.

Omar Vizquel holds the record for games played at shortstop, 2,709, and has won 11 Golden Gloves in that position. In 2019, his third year on the Hall of Fame ballot, he reached 52.6% of the vote.

In December 2020 – after many voters had already cast their ballots – Vizquel’s ex-wife Blanca told The Athletic that he physically assaulted her on multiple occasions. Vizquel denied the charges, but his vote share fell to 49.1%.

Then came a federal lawsuit filed last August in Birmingham, Alabama, in which Vizquel was accused of sexually abusing an autistic boy in 2019 while leading a team in the White Sox farm system. from Chicago. The White Sox quietly fired Vizquel shortly after the lawsuit was filed, and last summer he was fired as Mexican League manager.

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