Evaluating Yankees’ chances to make Baseball Hall of Fame after 2021 ballot reveal
Yankees: Newcomer Baseball Hall of Fame Candidates
Nick Swisher, AJ Burnett: 0-to-5% Chance
No, we’re not going to seriously entertain the odds that Nick Swisher and AJ Burnett garner election into the Hall of Fame. But we are going to celebrate the fact that both men got the nod for the ballot, which did not have to happen. Not everyone who technically qualifies makes the ballot! Rafael Soriano didn’t! Remember him? Mr. Untuck!
Swisher and Burnett both became albatrosses (albatri?) by the end of their Yankees careers, but both were criminally fun at their peaks in 2009. That season, I’m convinced, does not happen without the infectious energy of both men.
Swisher, brought in to ride the pine in ’09, became an integral part of the roster when Xavier Nady suffered a season-ending injury. His joy was very well-advertised; select any ’09 regular season game at random, and you’d spot something that indicated Swisher was having a great time out there.
Burnett? He was far quieter about it, until the waning seconds of a walk-off win. Then, boom, there he was with a pie to the face.
Both men were very talented, and both men will probably ultimately be prouder of their World Series rings than this particular honor. But like Swish to the right-field Bleacher Creatures, we salute them.
LaTroy Hawkins: 0% Chance
Yeah, we’re not going to wax poetic in the same way about Hawkins. Nice man, solid reliever forever, barely a Yankee, glad he’s in the conversation!