Joe Nathan Washington Nationals

Age: 47 (November 22, 1974) | 6' 4" | 230lbs. | Throws: Right Minors: p-27
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
SF NL 1999 7 4 1 0 19 14 90.1 84 17 46 54 4.18 1.44 1.47 4.6 5.4 .250 n/a
SF NL 2000 5 2 0 0 20 15 93.1 89 12 63 61 5.21 1.63 1.48 6.1 5.9 .276 n/a
SF NL 2002 0 0 0 0 4 0 3.2 1 0 0 2 0.00 0.27 0.27 0.0 0.0 .107 n/a 2
SF NL 2003 12 4 0 0 78 0 79.0 51 7 33 83 2.96 1.06 0.99 3.8 9.5 .239 n/a 19
MIN AL 2004 1 2 44 0 73 0 72.1 48 3 23 89 1.62 0.98 0.88 2.9 11.1 .281 n/a 43
MIN AL 2005 7 4 43 0 69 0 70.0 46 5 22 94 2.70 0.97 0.92 2.8 12.1 .284 n/a 42
MIN AL 2006 7 0 36 0 64 0 68.1 38 3 16 95 1.58 0.79 0.74 2.1 12.5 .264 n/a 45
MIN AL 2007 4 2 37 0 68 0 71.2 54 4 19 77 1.88 1.02 0.97 2.4 9.7 .286 n/a 39 25
MIN AL 2008 1 2 39 0 68 0 67.2 43 5 18 74 1.33 0.90 0.88 2.4 9.8 .245 n/a 39 25
MIN AL 2009 2 2 47 0 70 0 68.2 42 7 22 89 2.10 0.93 0.92 2.9 11.7 .251 n/a 43 27
MIN AAA 2011 0 0 0 0 3 1 3.0 2 0 1 5 0.00 1.00 0.83 3.0 15.0 .366 n/a
MIN AL 2011 2 1 14 0 48 0 44.2 38 7 14 43 4.84 1.16 1.24 2.8 8.7 .272 35/18/47 10 6
TEX AL 2012 3 5 37 0 66 0 64.0 55 7 13 78 2.81 1.06 1.12 1.8 11.0 .319 45/21/33 30 20
TEX AL 2013 6 2 43 0 67 0 64.2 36 2 22 73 1.39 0.90 0.77 3.1 10.2 .237 32/23/45 44 27
DET AL 2014 5 4 35 0 62 0 58.0 60 5 29 54 4.81 1.53 1.41 4.5 8.4 .334 42/23/36 19 10
DET AAA 2015 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.2 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.0 0.0 0.00 n/a
DET AL 2015 0 0 1 0 1 0 0.1 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.0 0.0 0.00 n/a 1 0
CHC AA 2016 0 1 0 0 7 0 6.2 3 2 0 6 2.70 0.45 0.90 0.0 0.0 .072 n/a
SF AA 2016 1 0 2 0 6 0 6.0 3 0 1 7 0.00 0.67 0.58 1.5 10.5 .232 n/a
CHC AAA 2016 0 0 0 0 4 0 2.2 0 0 5 3 6.75 1.88 0.94 16.9 10.1 0.00 n/a
CHC NL 2016 1 0 0 0 3 0 2.0 2 0 2 4 0.00 2.00 1.50 9.0 18.0 .549 0/75/25 1 1
SF NL 2016 1 0 0 0 7 0 4.0 3 0 2 5 0.00 1.25 1.00 4.5 11.2 .323 27/9/64 2 1
WAS AAA 2017 0 2 4 0 17 0 16.0 19 3 8 15 6.19 1.69 1.72 4.5 8.4 .347 n/a
SF NL 2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.0 0.0 0.00 n/a 0 0
Career 17yrs 64 34 377 0 787 29 922.2 690 84 344 976 2.87 1.12 1.07 3.4 9.5 .272 n/a
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From The Athletic today:

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling and Sammy Sosa are on the ballot for their 10th and final time, with their candidacies highlighting the questions many voters faced as they filled out their ballots. For just the ninth time in history and the first time since 2013, no players were voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2021. Could the same happen in 2022?

We asked those of our writers who vote for the Hall to share their ballots and to write a few words about one particular candidate they find particularly interesting or compelling. Here’s how their votes stacked up.

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s results will be announced on Jan. 25.

Rob Biertempfel’s ballot

Todd Helton
Joe Nathan
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Billy Wagner

Being a National League beat writer, I didn’t see Nathan pitch very often. His numbers are impressive — 377 saves (eighth most in history), 89.3 save percentage (tops among relievers with 250-plus saves) and a six-year run over which his 14.2 fWAR was second only to Mariano Rivera. And yet, Nathan didn’t really break out as a dominant closer until age 29 and his 787 career games rank just 57th. I need more time to evaluate his case and to gather intel from writers, players and coaches who know him best. I voted for him not so much because I think he’s a slam-dunk Hall of Famer, but because I want him to reach that 5 percent threshold and stay on the ballot for another year.

Complete breakdown of Biertempfel’s ballot

The first sentences when you go to the breakdown:

I’ve been a Hall of Fame voter for more than a decade. I used to enjoy the process. Not anymore. 

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 8