Paul Lo Duca didn’t become a regular in the big leagues until he was 29 years old. But he quickly made up for lost time with a string of accolades and All-Star Game appearances.
Now, Lo Duca is a candidate for the ultimate honor.
Todd Jones filled every bullpen role imaginable in his 16-year big league career. But it was as a closer where Jones made marks that still appear on the record books today.
Now, Jones finds himself on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame ballot.
Jacque Jones emerged from college with a combination of speed and power that made scouts take notice.
And soon after his big league debut in 1999, Jones was making the rest of the American League notice him and his talented Minnesota Twins teammates.
Heralded as a consummate professional hitter, he brought a World Series title to Arizona, while providing a spark in the middle of lineups for 19 years.
Now, Luis Gonzalez finds himself on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame ballot, one of 36 players on the 2014 ballot for the Class of 2014.
Tom Glavine never lit up the radar gun, so opposing batters often came to the plate anticipating a good at-bat.
But in most cases, those same batters trudged right back to the dugout – victimized by a steely-eyed strike thrower who overwhelmed opponents with control and determination rather than speed.
For three seasons, Eric Gagne was as close to perfect as a relief pitcher can be. And in the wake of those seasons, Gagne left a record that may be as unbreakable as any in the game.
Gagne, owner of 187 career saves, debuts on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame ballot this fall, one of 36 players on the 2014 BBWAA ballot for the Class of 2014.
Ray Durham’s combination of power and speed landed him at the top of some of the most potent lineups of the last two decades.
Now it’s landed him on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s Hall of Fame ballot.
Durham, a two-time All-Star who averaged almost 90 runs scored a year over his 14-year big league career, makes his debut on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot this year. Durham is one of 36 players on the 2014 BBWAA ballot for the Class of 2014.
His career took him to the game’s greatest heights, spanning three decades and two distinct eras.
Now, Roger Clemens makes his second appearance on the BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot.
A player probably known as much for his friendly demeanor as his impressive diamond skills, Sean Casey spent a dozen big league seasons showcasing both to fans of the National Pastime.
Whether it was while playing with the Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers or Boston Red Sox, the popular first baseman proved to be a run-producing left-handed bat in the middle lineup as well as a consistent fielder. And with the spotlight its brightest, he produced one of the best World Series batting performance the game has ever seen.
On the baseball diamond, there was nothing Barry Bonds could not do.
The totals: 2,935 hits, a record 2,558 walks and a .444 on-base percentage. Five-hundred fourteen stolen bases, and the lone member of the 500 steal/500 home run club. Eight Gold Glove Awards in left field.
He recorded seven National League Most Valuable Player Awards – including four straight from 2001-04 – and 14 All-Star Game selections.