Sheffield, Kent trending up, but short of HOF

January 27th, 2021

For the first time since 2013, the Baseball Writers' Association of American didn't vote anyone into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, but four former Dodgers continued to trend in the right direction when the results of the 2021 election were announced on MLB Network on Tuesday.

, who was a member of the Dodgers from 1998-2001, was named on 40.6 percent of the ballots, which is up from the 30.5 clip in last year’s voting. Sheffield still has work to do in order to reach the 75 percent threshold, and he has just three years remaining on the ballot.

Sheffield played for eight franchises during his 22-year career, which included 509 home runs and a .907 OPS, but three of his best seasons came as a member of the Dodgers. In his four seasons with Los Angeles, Sheffield hit 129 homers -- his highest total with any team -- with his legendary batting stance. He made two All-Star appearances during his Dodgers tenure and finished ninth in NL MVP voting in 2000.

and also saw increases this year, while remained at 28.2 percent. Jones had a significant increase, going from 19.4 percent last year to 33.9 this year. Kent, who had the most successful Dodger career out of the small group, went from 27.5 percent to 32.4. Jones is in his fifth year on the ballot, while Kent is in his eighth.

While Kent did most of his damage as a member of the rival Giants, the second baseman found success with the Dodgers over the last four seasons of his career. He hit 29 home runs with 105 RBIs in 2005, his first season with the club, and he was recognized as the starting second baseman at the All-Star Game that year, becoming the first Dodger player to start an All-Star Game at the position since Steve Sax in ‘83. Kent also took home his fourth career Silver Slugger Award as a member of the Dodgers in '05 and finished with a .847 OPS in his four seasons in Los Angeles.

Ramirez, who had one of the best 53-game stretches in franchise history with a 1.232 OPS in 2008, has a lot of ground to make up as he entered his fifth season on the ballot. Despite his lofty career totals, Ramirez is still dogged by suspensions from performance-enhancing drug use. Jones played just 75 games with the Dodgers, but the outfielder has a chance moving forward after receiving a 14.5-percent vote increase in his fourth year on the ballot.