2021 BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot

Baseball persevered despite a pandemic in 2020. And the most anticipated moment of the new year – the Baseball Writers' Association of America Hall of Fame election – is now right around the corner.

On Jan. 26, the BBWAA will announce the results of its 2021 Hall of Fame live from Cooperstown on MLB Network. Any electees will be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend on Sunday, July 25, at 1:30 p.m. at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown. The Class of 2020, which features Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons and Larry Walker, will also be inducted that day following the cancelation of the 2020 Induction Ceremony due to the pandemic.

The BBWAA has elected at least two Hall of Fame candidates in seven straight years and a total of 22 candidates during that time. No similar period in history has resulted in as many BBWAA electees.

Welcome to the Party

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Debuting on the BBWAA ballot in 2021 are Mark Buehrle, A.J. Burnett, Michael Cuddyer, Dan Haren, LaTroy Hawkins, Tim Hudson, Torii Hunter, Aramis Ramírez, Nick Swisher, Shane Victorino and Barry Zito.

Candidates remain on the BBWAA ballot for 10 years provided they are not elected and the are named on at least five percent of all ballots cast each year.

Returning to the Ballot

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Among the players returning to the BBWAA ballot, Curt Schilling received votes on 70.0 percent of all ballots cast in 2020 – the most of any returnee. Schilling is on the ballot for the ninth time in 2020. The only other three candidates who received at least 50 percent of the BBWAA vote in 2020 and were not elected are Roger Clemens (61.0 percent), Barry Bonds (60.7 percent) and Omar Vizquel (52.6 percent).

Any candidate who receives votes on 75 percent of all ballots cast will earn election to the Hall of Fame.

Fourteen former players are returning to the 2021 BBWAA ballot after receiving at least five percent of the overall vote in 2020:

  • Curt Schilling
    70.0%
    9th year
  • Roger Clemens
    61.0%
    9th year
  • Barry Bonds
    60.7%
    9th year
  • Omar Vizquel
    52.6%
    4th year
  • Scott Rolen
    35.3%
    4th year
  • Billy Wagner
    31.7%
    6th year
  • Gary Sheffield
    30.5%
    7th year
  • Todd Helton
    29.2%
    3rd year
  • Manny Ramírez
    28.2%
    5th year
  • Jeff Kent
    27.5%
    8th year
  • Andruw Jones
    19.4%
    4th year
  • Sammy Sosa
    13.9%
    9th year
  • Andy Pettitte
    11.3%
    3rd year
  • Bobby Abreu
    5.5%
    2nd year

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Candidate Bios

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BOBBY ABREU

2nd year on the ballot…Played 18 seasons with Astros, Phillies, Yankees, Angels, Dodgers and Mets…Two-time All-Star (2004-05) who won a Silver Slugger Award in 2004 and a Gold Glove Award as a right fielder in 2005…Hit .300-or-better six times (1998-2000, 2002-04), drove in 100-or-more runs eight times (2001, 2003-09), scored 100-or-more runs eight times (1999-2002, 2004-05, 2007-08) and drew 100-or-more walks eight times (1999-2006)…Led MLB in walks with 124 in 2006 and led majors in triples with 11 in 1999…Led NL with 50 doubles in 2002 en route to 574 for his career, tied for 25th all-time…Drew 1,476 walks, 20th on the all-time list…Played 1,990 games in right field, 11th on all-time list…One of 75 players in history with at least 400 stolen bases…One of only two players in history, along with Barry Bonds, with at least 1,400 runs, scored, 1,400 walks, 1,300 RBI and 400 stolen bases…One of only eight players all-time with at least eight seasons with 100 runs scored, eight seasons with 100 RBI and eight seasons with 100 walks (Barry Bonds, Lou Gehrig, Mel Ott, Babe Ruth, Frank Thomas, Jim Thome and Ted Williams)…Batted .284 with a .392 on-base percentage over five Postseason series, totaling nine runs scored, nine RBI and 12 walks in 20 games.

BARRY BONDS

9th year on the ballot…Played 22 seasons with the Pirates and the Giants…14-time All-Star (1990, 1992-98, 2000-04, 2007), eight-time Gold Glove Award winner as left fielder (1990-94, 1996-98) and 12-time Silver Slugger Award winner (1990-94, 1996-97, 2000-04)…Won seven National League Most Valuable Player Awards, the most of any player all-time (1990, 1992-93, 2001-04)…Finished in Top 10 of NL MVP voting six other times: 1991 (2nd), 1994 (4th), 1996 (5th), 1997 (5th), 1998 (8th) and 2000 (2nd)…Finished sixth in 1986 NL Rookie of the Year voting…Set single-season record with 73 home runs in 2001 and also led NL in home runs in 1993 with 46…Led NL in walks 12 times (1992, 1994-97, 2000-04, 2006-07) including a big league-record 232 in 2004…Led NL in on-base percentage 10 times (1991-93, 1995, 2001-04, 2006-07), slugging percentage seven times (1990, 1992-93, 2001-04), batting average twice (2002, 2004), RBI once (1993) and runs scored once (1992)…Scored 100-or-more runs 12 times (1990, 1992-93, 1995-98, 2000-04)…Drove in 100-or-more runs 12 times (1990-93, 1995-98, 2000-02, 2004)…Hit .300-or-better in 11 seasons (1990, 1992-94, 1996, 1998, 2000-04)…Holds career big league records for home runs (762), walks (2,558) and intentional walks (688)…Ranks third in career runs (2,227), fourth in total bases (5,976), fifth in slugging percentage (.607), sixth in RBI (1,996), sixth in on-base percentage (.444), 10th in games played (2,986), 17th in doubles (601) and 34th in stolen bases (514)…Batted .245 in nine Postseason series, with 37 hits, 33 runs scored, nine home runs, 24 RBI and 52 walks in 48 games…Hit .471 with four homers, six RBI and 13 walks in 2002 World Series against the Angels…Played in NLCS in 1990-92 and 2002…Member of Giants’ 2002 NL Championship team…Won 2001, 2002 and 2004 NL Hank Aaron Award.

MARK BUEHRLE

1st year on the ballot…Pitched 16 seasons for White Sox, Marlins and Blue Jays…Recorded 14 200-plus inning seasons, all consecutively (2001-14), to set American League record… Led AL in innings pitched twice (2004-05) and games started twice (2004, 2008)…Finished fifth in 2005 AL Cy Young Award voting…Named to five All-Star teams (2002, 2005-06, 2009, 2014), drawing starting assignment for AL in 2005 Mid-Summer Classic…Four-time Gold Glove Award winner (2009-12)…Led league in assists among pitchers in five seasons (2001-02, 2004, 2009, 2012)…Led MLB in complete games with four during his final season of 2015…Won 13-or-more games in 12 of his 16 seasons…Pitched no-hitter for White Sox against the Rangers on April 18, 2007…Pitched perfect game for White Sox against Rays on July 23, 2009…Appeared in five Postseason series, posting 2-1 record with 4.11 ERA over six games, including four starts…Went 2-0 over four games during 2005 Postseason while helping White Sox win World Series title.

A.J. BURNETT

1st year on the ballot…Pitched 17 seasons for Marlins, Blue Jays, Yankees, Pirates and Phillies…Led league in games started twice (2008, 2014), strikeouts per nine innings twice (2008, 2013), strikeouts once (2008) and hits per nine innings once (2002)…Posted double-digit win totals in 11 of 17 seasons…Topped 200-innings pitched mark in six seasons (2002, 2005, 2008-09, 2012, 2014)…Reached 200-strikeout mark in three seasons (2002, 2008, 2013)…Named to first All-Star Game in final season of career in 2015…Pitched no-hitter for Marlins against the Padres on May 12, 2001…Appeared in six Postseason series, posting 2-3 record with 6.37 ERA in eight starts…Won Game 2 of 2009 World Series for Yankees, helping New York win Fall Classic title.

ROGER CLEMENS

9th year on the ballot…Pitched 24 seasons for Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees and Astros…Six 20-win seasons, 15 seasons with 200-plus innings and 12 200-plus strikeout campaigns…Won record seven Cy Young Awards (1986-87, 1991, 1997-98, 2001, 2004)…Received Cy Young Award votes five other times: 1988 (6th), 1990 (2nd), 1992 (3rd), 2000 (6th) and 2005 (3rd)…Won 1986 AL Most Valuable Player Award and finished in Top 10 of league MVP voting in 1990 (3rd), 1991 (10th), 1997 (10th), 2001 (8th) and 2004 (8th)…Named to 11 All-Star teams (1986, 1988, 1990-92, 1997-98, 2001, 2003-05); started games in 1986, 2001 and 2004…Finished sixth in 1984 AL Rookie of the Year voting…Won AL pitching Triple Crown in 1997 and 1998, leading league in wins, ERA and strikeouts…Led his league in ERA seven times (1986, 1990-92, 1997-98, 2005), the second-most all-time, and complete games three times (1987-88, 1997)…Ranks 3rd all-time in strikeouts (4,672), 7th in games started (707) and 9th all-time in wins (354)…Led league in shutouts six times (1987-88, 1990-92, 1997), strikeouts five times (1988, 1991, 1996-98), victories four times (1986-87, 1997-98), winning percentage three times (1986, 2001, 2004), innings pitched twice (1991, 1997) and games started once (1991)…Appeared in 24 Postseason series (nine Division Series, nine League Championship Series and six World Series), posting a 12-8 record with a 3.75 ERA in 35 games…Member of Yankees World Series Championship teams in 1999 and 2000.

MICHAEL CUDDYER

1st year on the ballot…Played 15 seasons with Twins, Rockies and Mets…Two-time All-Star (2011, 2013) and 2013 National League Silver Slugger Award winner for play in right field…Won 2013 NL batting title with .331 average…Reached 20-homer mark in four seasons, 100-runs scored mark once and topped 100 RBI once…Appeared in 10 Postseason series over seven seasons, hitting .306 in 28 games with two home runs and eight RBI…Member of Mets 2015 National League Championship team.

DAN HAREN

1st year on the ballot…Pitched 13 seasons for Cardinals, Athletics, Diamondbacks, Angels, Nationals, Dodgers, Marlins and Cubs…Three-time All-Star (2007-09) who started Mid-Summer Classic for the American League in 2007…Received Cy Young Award votes in two seasons: 2009 (5th) and 2011 (7th)…Led league in games started three times (2006-07, 2011), strikeout-to-walk ratio three times (2008-09, 2011) and WHIP once (2009)…Posted double-digit win totals in 11 of his 13 seasons…Among non-active pitchers, is the only player in history with at least 2,000 strikeouts and 500-or-fewer walks…Appeared in five Postseason series over two seasons, posting 2-0 record with 3.26 ERA over seven appearances, including two starts…Member of Cardinals 2004 National League Championship team.

LaTROY HAWKINS

1st year on the ballot…Pitched 21 seasons for Twins, Cubs, Giants, Orioles, Rockies, Yankees, Astros, Brewers, Angels, Mets and Blue Jays…Pitched in 1,042 games, 10th on the all-time list and sixth all-time among right-handers…Saved 127 games, including three seasons with 20-or-more saves…Appeared in 10 Postseason series over five seasons, posting 1-1 record with 6.75 ERA over 22 appearances…Member of Rockies 2007 National League Championship team.

TODD HELTON

3rd year on the ballot…Played 17 seasons, all with the Rockies…Finished second in 1998 National League Rookie of the Year voting…Five-time All-Star (2000-04) who finished in the Top 10 of the NL Most Valuable Player Award voting three times: 2000 (5th), 2001 (9th) and 2003 (7th)…Three-time Gold Glove Award winner (2001-02, 2004) and four-time Silver Slugger Award winner (2000-03) at first base…Reached the 20-home run mark in eight seasons (1998-2005), including six seasons with 30-or-more home runs (1999-2004)…Hit .300-or-better in 12 seasons (1998-2007, 2009, 2011), including a National League-best .372 in 2000…Also led NL in hits (216), doubles (59), total bases (405) and RBI (147) in 2000…One of only seven players in history with at least two seasons (2000-01) with 400-or-more total bases…Scored 100-or-more runs in six seasons (1999-2004), drove in at least 100 runs in five seasons (1999-2003) and drew 100-or-more walks five times (2000, 2003-05, 2007)…Led NL in on-base percentage twice (2000, 2005)…Ranks 18th all-time in OPS (.953), 19th all-time in doubles (592) and 27th all-time in on-base percentage (.414)…Led NL in fielding percentage among first basemen six times (2001, 2004, 2006-07, 2011, 2013), double plays six times (1998-2000, 2002-03, 2006) and assists four times (1998, 2000, 2003-04)…Appeared in four Postseason series over two seasons, batting .211 with 11 runs scored and four RBI in 15 games…Member of Rockies 2007 National League Championship team.

TIM HUDSON

1st year on the ballot…Pitched 17 seasons for Athletics, Braves and Giants…Reached double-digit win totals in 13 seasons, including an American League-best 20 victories in 2000…Finished fifth in 1999 American League Rookie of the Year voting…Received Cy Young Award votes in four seasons: 2000 (2nd), 2001 (6th), 2003 (4th) and 2010 (4th)…Led league in shutouts twice (2003-04), games started twice (2001, 2006) and winning percentage once (2000)…Topped 200-innings pitched mark in eight seasons (2000-03, 2006-07, 2010-11)…Named to four All-Star Games (2000, 2004, 2010, 2014)…One of only 14 pitchers in history with at least 200 wins, 2,000 strikeouts and a .625 winning percentage…Appeared in nine Postseason series over seven seasons, posting 1-4 record with 3.69 ERA in 14 appearances, including 13 starts…Member of Giants 2014 World Series Championship team.

TORII HUNTER

1st year on the ballot…Played 19 seasons with the Twins, Angels and Tigers…Nine-time Gold Glove Award winner in outfield (2001-09), third-best total of any center fielder in history…Named to five All-Star Games (2002, 2007, 2009-10, 2013) and earned two Silver Slugger Awards (2009, 2013)…Finished in Top 10 of American League MVP voting in 2002 (6th)…Topped .300 mark in batting twice (2012-13)…Recorded 100-or-more RBI in two seasons (2003, 2007) and reached the 90-RBI mark six other times (2001-02, 2006, 2009-10, 2012)…Totaled 20-or-more home runs in 11 seasons (2001-04, 2006-11, 2015)…Led his league in center fielder assists three times (2000-01, 2006), double plays twice (2005-06) and putouts once (2001)…Totaled 3,948 career put outs in center field, 30th all-time…Reached 20-stolen base mark in three seasons (2002, 2004-05)…Appeared in 11 Postseason series over eight seasons, hitting .274 with four homers and 20 RBI in 48 games.

ANDRUW JONES

4th year on the ballot…Played 17 seasons with the Braves, Dodgers, Rangers, White Sox and Yankees… Finished fifth in 1997 National League Rookie of the Year voting, but debuted in the big leagues in 1996 and helped the Braves advance to the World Series, where he batted .400 with two home runs in the Fall Classic…Five-time All-Star (2000, 2002-03, 2005-06) who twice finished in the Top 10 of the NL Most Valuable Player Award voting: 2000 (8th) and 2005 (2nd)…10-time Gold Glove Award winner in center field (1998-2007), one of only six outfielders in history to earn at least 10 Gold Glove Awards…Reached the 20-home run plateau 10 times (1998-2007), leading NL in home runs in 2005 with 51…Drove in 100-or-more runs five times (2000-01, 2003, 2005-06), leading NL in 2005 (128)…Scored 100-or-more runs four times (2000-01, 2003, 2006) and reached .300 batting mark once (2000)…Stole 20-or-more bases in four seasons (1997-2000)…Led all NL center fielders in putouts six times (1998-2002, 2007) and assists three times (1998-99, 2005)…Ranks 47th all-time with 434 home runs…Among players with 10-or-more Gold Glove Awards, only Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Schmidt have more home runs…Appeared in 18 Postseason series over 11 seasons with Braves and Yankees, hitting .273 with 43 runs scored, 10 home runs and 34 RBI in 76 games…Member of Braves’ 1996 and 1999 National League Championship teams.

JEFF KENT

8th year on the ballot…Played 17 seasons with the Blue Jays, Mets, Indians, Giants, Astros and Dodgers…Named to five All-Star Games (1999-2001, 2004-05)…Won four Silver Slugger Awards at second base (2000-02, 2005)…Named 2000 National League Most Valuable Player and finished in Top 10 of NL MVP voting in three other seasons: 1997 (8th), 1998 (9th), 2002 (6th)…Hit .300-or-better in three seasons (2000, 2002, 2007)…Drove in 100-or-more runs eight times (1997-2002, 2004-05) and scored 100-or-more runs three times (2000, 2002, 2005)…Hit 20-or-more homers in 12 seasons and reached the 30-homer mark three times (1998, 2000, 2002)…Led NL in extra base hits once (2002-81) and in sacrifice flys twice (1998-10; 2001-13)…Defensively, led all NL second basemen in assists once (2001-390) and double plays once (2002-113)…Tied for 30th on career doubles list (560) and ranks 54th on career RBI list (1,518)…His 351 home runs as a second baseman are most ever at the position…Posted eight seasons with 20 home runs and 100 RBI, the most by any 2B in MLB history…Appeared in 49 Postseason games over 11 series, hitting .276 with nine home runs, 25 runs scored and 23 RBI…Member of Giants’ 2002 National League Championship team.

ANDY PETTITTE

3rd year on the ballot…Pitched 18 seasons for Yankees and Astros…Reached 20-win mark twice (1996, 2003)…Eight seasons with 15-or-more wins (1996-98, 2000-01, 2003, 2005, 2007)…Finished third in 1995 American League Rookie of the Year voting…Received Cy Young Award votes in five seasons: 1996 (2nd), 1997 (5th), 2000 (4th), 2003 (6th) and 2005 (5th)…Named to three All-Star Games (1996, 2001, 2010)…Led his league in games started three times (1997, 2006-07) and wins once (1996)…Topped 200 innings pitched mark in 10 seasons (1996-98, 2000-01, 2003, 2005-08)…Appeared in 32 Postseason series over 14 seasons (14 LDS, 10 LCS and eight World Series), posting 19-11 record with 3.81 ERA in 44 starts…Holds all-time Postseason records for wins (19), innings pitched (276.2) and games started (44)…Named 2001 ALCS Most Valuable Player…Member of five Yankees World Series Championship teams (1996, 1998-2000, 2009).

ARAMIS RAMÍREZ

1st year on the ballot…Played 18 seasons with Pirates, Cubs and Brewers…Three-time All-Star (2005, 2008, 2014)…Finished in Top 10 of his league’s MVP voting three times: 2004 (10th), 2008 (10th) and 2012 (9th)…Won Silver Slugger Award at third base in 2011…Reached .300 mark in batting average in seven seasons (2001, 2004-05, 2007, 2009, 2011-12)…Topped 100-RBI mark in seven seasons (2001, 2003-04, 2006-08, 2012)…Totaled 20-or-more home runs in 10 seasons (2001, 2003-08, 2010-12)…Led National League with 50 doubles in 2012…Career total of 386 home runs ranks seventh on all-time list of players who appeared in at least half their games at third base, and his 1,417 RBI rank sixth on that same list… Led NL third baseman in assists twice (2001, 2003) and fielding percentage twice (2006, 2012)…Appeared in five Postseason series over four seasons, hitting .191 with four home runs and 10 RBI in 19 games.

MANNY RAMÍREZ

5th year on the ballot…Played 19 seasons with Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers, White Sox and Rays…Twelve-time All-Star (1995, 1998-2008) and nine-time Silver Slugger Award winner (1995, 1999-2006) as outfielder…Finished second in 1994 American League Rookie of the Year voting…Finished in Top 10 of his league’s MVP voting nine times: 1998 (6th), 1999 (3rd), 2000 (6th), 2001 (9th), 2002 (9th), 2003 (6th), 2004 (3rd), 2005 (4th) and 2008 (4th)…Named American League Hank Aaron Award winner twice (1999, 2004)…Hit .300-or-better in 11 seasons (1995-97, 1999-2004, 2006, 2008), including American League-best .349 in 2002…Reached 100-RBI mark in 12 seasons (1995-96, 1998-2006, 2008), including AL-best 165 RBI in 1999…Scored 100-or-more runs six times (1998-99, 2003-05, 2008)…Topped 30-homer mark 12 times (1995-96, 1998-2006, 2008), including five seasons with 40-plus home runs and an American League-best 43 home runs in 2004…Led American League in on-base percentage three times (2002-03, 2006) and slugging percentage three times (1999-2000, 2004)…Totaled more than 300 bases in 10 seasons (1996-2001, 2003-05, 2008)…Ranks 8th all-time in slugging percentage (.585), 15th in home runs (555), 17th in extra base hits (1,122), 19th in RBI (1,831), 30th in total bases (4,826) and 34th in doubles (547)…Appeared in 23 Postseason series over 11 seasons, hitting .285 with 29 home runs and 78 RBI…His 29 Postseason home runs and 72 walks each rank first all-time and his 78 Postseason RBI rank second all-time…His 67 runs scored and 117 hits in the Postseason each rank third all-time and his 111 Postseason games rank fifth all-time…Won World Series MVP with Red Sox in 2004…Member of Red Sox’s 2004 and 2007 World Series Champion teams.

SCOTT ROLEN

4th year on the ballot…Played 17 years for Phillies, Cardinals, Blue Jays and Reds…Named National League Rookie of the Year in 1997…Seven-time All-Star (2002-06, 2010-11) and eight-time Gold Glove Award winner at third base (1998, 2000-04, 2006, 2010)…Won NL Silver Slugger Award for third basemen in 2002…Finished fourth in 2004 NL Most Valuable Player voting…Reached the 20-home run mark in 10 seasons (1997-2004, 2006, 2010)…Hit .300-or-better in two seasons (2004, 2009)…Reached the 100-RBI mark in five seasons (1998, 2001-04) and scored 100-or-more runs twice (1998, 2004)…Led NL in putouts by third basemen twice (1997-98) and assists twice (2002, 2004)…Appeared in nine Postseason series over five seasons, hitting .220 with five home runs and 12 RBI in 39 games…Hit .421 with five runs scored in five games to help lead Cardinals to win in 2006 World Series.

CURT SCHILLING

9th year on the ballot… Pitched 20 seasons for the Orioles, Astros, Phillies, Diamondbacks and Red Sox…Three 20-win seasons (2001-02, 2004) and three seasons with at least 300 strikeouts (1997-98, 2002)…Only two pitchers (Randy Johnson and Nolan Ryan with six apiece) have recorded more seasons with 300 strikeouts… Received Cy Young Award votes four times, finishing second in the balloting three times: 1997 (4th), 2001 (2nd), ’02 (2nd) and ’04 (2nd)…Finished in Top 10 of league MVP voting in 2001 (10th) and 2002 (10th)…Named to six All-Star Games (1997-99, 2001-02, 2004), drawing starting assignments in 1999 and 2002…Led his league in strikeout-to-walk ratio five times (2001-04, 2006), complete games four times (1996, 1998, 2000-01), games started three times (1997-98, 2001), victories twice (2001 and 2004), strikeouts twice (1997-98), innings pitched twice (1998, 2001) and winning percentage once (2004)…Ranks 15th all-time in strikeouts (3,116)…One of only five pitchers with at least 3,000 career strikeouts and fewer than 1,000 walks…Ranks eighth all-time in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.383) and first in that category among non-active pitchers who pitched after 1900…Appeared in 12 Postseason series (four Division Series, four League Championship Series and four World Series), posting an 11-2 record with a 2.23 ERA in 19 games (all starts)…Set single-season Postseason record with 56 strikeouts in 2001…Won 1993 NLCS Most Valuable Player Award and shared 2001 World Series MVP Award with Randy Johnson…Won 1995 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, 2001 Branch Rickey Award, 2001 Hutch Award and 2001 Roberto Clemente Award…Pitched in Postseason for three World Series champion teams (2001, 2004, 2007).

GARY SHEFFIELD

7th year on the ballot…Played 22 seasons for Brewers, Padres, Marlins, Dodgers, Braves, Yankees, Tigers and Mets…Named to nine All-Star Games (1992-93, 1996, 1998-2000, 2003-05)…Won five Silver Slugger Awards: One as third baseman (1992) and four as outfielder (1996, 2003-05)…Finished in Top 10 of his league’s Most Valuable Player voting six times: 1992 (3rd), 1996 (6th), 2000 (9th), 2003 (3rd), 2004 (2nd), 2005 (8th)…Hit 20-or-more home runs in 14 seasons, including eight with 30-or-more and two (1996, 2000) with at least 40 home runs…Recorded at least 100 RBI in eight seasons (1992, 1996, 1999-2001, 2003-05), and scored 100-or-more runs in seven seasons (1996, 1999-2000, 2003-05, 2007)…Led league in batting average once (1992-.330), total bases once (1992-323) and on-base percentage once (1996-.465)…Posted a .300-or-better batting average in eight full seasons (1992, 1996, 1998-2003)…Ranks 21st all-time in walks (1,475), 26th in home runs (509), 30th in RBI (1,676) and 35th in total bases (4,737)…Appeared in nine Postseason series over six seasons with Marlins, Braves and Yankees, hitting .248 with six home runs, 19 RBI and 27 runs scored in 44 games…Member of 1997 World Series Champion Marlins.

SAMMY SOSA

9th year on the ballot…Played 18 seasons with Rangers, White Sox, Cubs and Orioles…Seven-time All-Star (1995, 1998-2002, 2004) and six-time Silver Slugger Award winner in outfield (1995, 1998-2002)…Won 1998 National League Most Valuable Player Award and finished in Top 10 of NL MVP voting six other times: 1995 (8th), 1999 (9th), 2000 (9th), 2001 (2nd), 2002 (9th) and 2003 (8th)…Topped the 30-homer mark 11 times, including seven times with 40-or-more and three times with better than 60 home runs (1998-99, 2001), becoming the only player to hit 60-or-more home runs in three different seasons…Led NL in home runs twice (2000, 2002)…Drove in 100-or-more runs nine times (1995-2003), including leading the NL in RBI twice (1998, 2001)…Scored 100-or-more runs in five seasons (1998-2002), leading NL in runs scored three times (1998, 2001-02)…Led NL in total bases in three seasons (1998-99, 2001)…Led NL in games played in three seasons (1995, 1997, 1999)… Recorded at least a .300 batting average in four full seasons (1994, 1998, 2000-01)…Ranks ninth all-time in home runs (609), 31st all-time in RBI (1,667), 32nd in extra base hits (1,033) and 40h in total bases (4,704)…Led all right fielders in his league in putouts three times (1990, 1995, 2001) and assists twice (1995, 1997)…Appeared in three Postseason series over two seasons, batting .245 with two home runs and seven RBI in 15 games…Won 1998 Roberto Clemente Award and 1999 NL Hank Aaron Award.

NICK SWISHER

1st year on the ballot…Played 12 seasons with the Athletics, Yankees, Indians and Braves…Finished sixth in 2005 American League Rookie of the Year voting…Named to AL All-Star Game in 2010…Topped 20-homer mark in nine seasons, all consecutively (2005-13)…Reached 100-run mark in one season (2006) and 100-walk plateau in one season (2007)…Appeared in 12 Postseason series over seven seasons, hitting .165 with four home runs, eight RBI and 16 runs scored in 47 games…Member of 2009 World Series Champion Yankees.

SHANE VICTORINIO

1st year on the ballot…Played 12 seasons with Padres, Phillies, Dodgers, Red Sox and Angels…Two-time All-Star Game selection (2009, 2011) and four-time Gold Glove Award winner in outfield (2008-10, 2013)…Led major leagues in triples in two seasons (2009, 2011)…Topped 20-stolen base mark in six seasons (2007-10, 2012-13) and reached 100-run mark twice (2008-09)…Led league in fielding percentage among center fielders twice (2009, 2011) and led league in assists at his position twice (2010, 2013)…Appeared in 13 Postseason series over six seasons, hitting .257 with 31 runs scored, 42 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 60 games…Member of World Series championship teams with Phillies in 2008 and Red Sox in 2013.

OMAR VIZQUEL

4th year on the ballot…Played 24 seasons with Mariners, Indians, Giants, Rangers, White Sox and Blue Jays…Three-time All-Star (1998-99, 2002)…11-time Gold Glove Award winner at shortstop (1993-2001, 2005-06), the second-most among all shortstops…In 2006 at 39 years old, became the oldest infielder to win a Gold Glove Award…Career leader in defensive games at shortstop with 2,709…Led his league in fielding percentage among shortstops six times (1992, 1998, 2000-01, 2005-06) and is the all-time leader in fielding percentage at the position with a mark of .9847…Shares record for fewest errors by a shortstop (three, tied with Cal Ripken Jr.) with at least 150 games played in one season…Reached the .300 batting mark in 1999 with career-best .333 average…Topped 100 runs scored mark twice (1999-2000) and stole 20-or-more bases in eight seasons (1995-2000, 2005-06)…Led his league in sacrifice hits four times (1997, 1999, 2004-05)…Led his league in double plays turned at shortstop once (1993) and putouts at shortstop once (1998)…Ranks first all-time in double plays turned at shortstop (1,734), third in career assists at shortstop (7,676) and 11th in career putouts at shortstop (4,102)…Ranks 12th all-time in games played (2,968), 18th in at-bats (10,586), 17th in singles (2,264), 43rd in hits (2,877) and 72nd in stolen bases (404)…Appeared in 11 Postseason series over six seasons, batting .250 with 28 runs scored and 23 stolen bases in 57 games…Member of Indians’ 1995 and 1997 American League Championship teams…Won 1996 Hutch Award.

BILLY WAGNER

6th year on the ballot…Pitched 16 seasons with Astros, Phillies, Mets, Red Sox and Braves…Finished Top 10 in NL Cy Young Award voting twice (1999-4th, 2006-6th)…Recorded 422 career saves, second-highest among left-handed relievers and sixth overall…Career walks-plus-hits-per-innings-pitched ratio (WHIP) of 0.998 is lowest among all relievers with at least 700 innings pitched…Career 2.31 ERA is lowest among retired left-handed pitchers with at least 500 innings pitched in live-ball era…Seven-time All-Star (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007-08, 2010)…Won 1999 NL Rolaids Relief Award…Led NL in games finished twice (2003, 2005), and finished among league top five in saves four times (1999, 2003, 2006, 2010)…Set record (since surpassed) for highest single-season-strikeout-per-nine innings rate among relievers (14.95) in 1999…Recorded 12 seasons with 20-plus saves, nine seasons with 30-or-more and two with 40-or more (2003, 2006)…Finished no-hitter that included six Astros pitchers vs. Yankees on June 11, 2003… Appeared in eight Postseason series over seven seasons with Astros, Mets, Red Sox and Braves, posting 1-1 record with three saves and 10.03 ERA in 14 games.

BARRY ZITO

1st year on the ballot…Pitched 15 seasons with Athletics and Giants…Finished sixth in 2000 American League Rookie of the Year voting…Named to three All-Star Games (2002-02, 2006)…Named 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner after leading league with 23 wins…Led AL in games started four times (2001-02, 2005-06)…Topped the 200-innings pitched mark in six seasons (2001-06) and won 10-or-more games 10 times (2001-09, 2012)…Appeared in nine Postseason series over six seasons, posting 6-3 record with 2.83 ERA in 10 starts…Member of Giants 2012 World Series Championship team.

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