· MLB World Series champs, MVPs, Cy Young Award winners and All-Stars fill impressive lineup of former Perfect Game athletes eligible for the inaugural Hall of Fame class
· 24 Current and former Major Leaguers on fan ballot created to help select Perfect Game Hall of Famers – online voting begins today
· Perfect Game Hall of Fame Election Committee will choose inaugural Hall of Fame class from list of top 10 players chosen by the fans
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Perfect Game Founder and President, Jerry Ford, today announced the creation of the Perfect Game Hall of Fame to recognize and honor the outstanding performances and accomplishments of baseball players who participated in past Perfect Game events while an amateur.
Perfect Game, the world’s largest youth baseball and softball platform and scouting service, has been fortunate to have seen nearly 1,600 young athletes play at the Major League level after appearing in Perfect Game events during their amateur years. And since 2003, 13,324 Perfect Game alumni have been selected in the MLB first-year, amateur player draft. During last week’s 2021 MLB draft, all 36 players selected on the first day (29 first round picks, one compensation pick and six competitive balance round A picks) all played in Perfect Game events, and 95-percent of all players chosen in the 2021 draft are Perfect Game participants.
To be eligible for election into the Perfect Game Hall of Fame, players must have been on a Major League Baseball team’s active roster on or before July 15, 2013, and they must have attended multiple Perfect Game events as an amateur.
Based on the above criteria, the 24 players listed below will have their names appear on the inaugural class fan ballot, including some of MLB’s biggest stars such as Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Nolan Arenado, Jason Heyward and Buster Posey, and former standout players, Prince Fielder, David Wright, Carl Crawford, and Brian McCann.
Online fan balloting (www.perfectgame.org/HOF) will take place Monday, July 19 through Wednesday, September 1, and participating fans are allowed to select up to 10 players from the list of 24 eligible players. Fans will be permitted to submit one ballot each day during the online balloting process.
The top-10 vote getters in fan balloting will be announced September 1, 2021, on PerfectGame.TV.
Perfect Game will honor its Hall of Fame Class of 2021 during a special induction gala on Wednesday, October 6, in the Grand Ballroom of the PGA National Resort and Spa in West Palm Beach, Fla. The day before the gala, the Perfect Game Cares Foundation will host a Celebrity Golf Classic at PGA National, and from October 7-11, Perfect Game will host its World Wood Bat Association Championships in nearby Jupiter.
Stated Ford: “Over the years, we have been blessed to have had many great players participate in Perfect Game events, and to show our appreciation for their passion and accomplishments in the game, it will be an honor to recognize the best of the best by inducting them into the Perfect Game Hall of Fame. We remain grateful for all of the support Perfect Game receives from the baseball community, and the creation of the Hall of Fame is another way for us to express our gratitude to these great players.”
For more information regarding the Perfect Game Hall of Fame Induction Gala and fundraising golf tournament at PGA National Resort and Spa, please click here.
Below is the complete list of Perfect Game alumni eligible for election into its inaugural Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021:
·Nolan Arenado - Cardinals
·Madison Bumgarner - Diamondbacks
·Gerrit Cole - Yankees
·Carl Crawford - Retired
·Josh Donaldson - Twins
·Prince Fielder - Retired
·Freddie Freeman - Braves
·Zack Greinke - Astros
·Bryce Harper - Phillies
·Jason Heyward - Cubs
·Eric Hosmer - Padres
·Scott Kazmir - Giants
·Corey Kluber - Yankees
·DJ LeMahieu - Yankees
·Manny Machado - Padres
·Brian McCann - Retired
·Andrew McCutchen - Phillies
·Buster Posey - Giants
·Anthony Rizzo - Cubs
·Chris Sale - Red Sox
·Mike Trout - Angels
·Justin Upton - Angels
·Joey Votto - Reds
·David Wright - Retired