Nov 27, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT
The more than 600 voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America will receive a Hall of Fame ballot in the mail this week, a group of 19 players representing the new class of candidates. Writers will cast their votes with the results announced on Jan. 8. New to the ballot are some notable names, including former Expo Moises Alou, former National Paul Lo Duca and and bunch of ex-Orioles.
Here is the full list with the years a player has been on the ballot in parentheses. Those without years next to them are new candidates:
Jeff Bagwell (3)
Craig Biggio (1)
Barry Bonds (1)
Roger Clemens (1)
Paul Lo Duca
Edgar Martinez (4)
Don Mattingly (13)
Fred McGriff (4)
Jack Morris (14)
Rafael Palmeiro (3)
Mike Piazza (1)
Tim Raines (6)
Curt Schilling (1)
Lee Smith (11)
Sammy Sosa (1)
Alan Trammell (12)
Larry Walker (3)
Obviously there’s quite a bit of talent on that list. Some players have seen their chances affected by allegations of steroid use, so there’s that factor. Still, it’s a long list of baseball legends.
Of the new names on the ballot, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine certainly stand out. Baseball fans around here likely remember Mike Mussina and Armando Benitez from their Orioles days in the 1990s.
Craig Biggio and Jack Morris are two names to watch of the returnees. Biggio got 68.2 percent of the votes last year, a total of 388. He has impressive career numbers, probably just short of the first ballot distinction. This could be his year.
Morris also came close in 2013 with 67.7 percent of the necessary votes, or 385 in total. He was a very good pitcher for a long time, and a playoff hero, but has fallen short now for 14 years.
There are a few players returning to the ballot who were also former members of the Nationals franchise, which of course used to be the Montreal Expos. Larry Walker is back for his fourth year and Tim Raines his seventh.
To be elected, a player needs 75 percent of the ballots cast. Who gets in this year?
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