2019 BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot

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On Jan. 22, the BBWAA will announce the results of its 2019 Hall of Fame balloting. Any electees will be inducted on Sunday, July 21, at 1:30 p.m. at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown.

The BBWAA has elected at least two Hall of Fame candidates in five straight years and a total of 16 candidates during that time. No five-year period in history has resulted in as many BBWAA electees, with the previous high of 13 coming in the five-year period from 1952-56. That was also the last time the BBWAA elected at least two candidates five years in a row.

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Roy Halladay, Todd Helton, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera are among several players who will make their BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot debut in 2019.

Also debuting this year are Rick Ankiel, Jason Bay, Lance Berkman, Freddy Garcia, Jon Garland, Travis Hafner, Ted Lilly, Derek Lowe, Darren Oliver, Roy Oswalt, Juan Pierre, Placido Polanco, Miguel Tejada, Vernon Wells, Kevin Youkilis and Michael Young.

Returning to the Ballot

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Among returnees on the BBWAA ballot, Edgar Martinez received 70.4 percent of the vote in 2018 and returns for his final appearance on the BBWAA ballot this year. Mike Mussina is the only other returnee who reached the 60-percent mark in 2018, coming in at 63.5 percent

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

Fifteen former players are returning to the 2019 BBWAA ballot after receiving at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017.

  • Edgar Martínez
    70.4%
    10th year
  • Mike Mussina
    63.5%
    6th year
  • Roger Clemens
    57.3%
    7th year
  • Barry Bonds
    56.4%
    7th year
  • Curt Schilling
    51.2%
    6th year
  • Omar Vizquel
    37.0%
    2nd year
  • Larry Walker
    34.1%
    9th year
  • Fred McGriff
    23.2%
    10th year
  • Manny Ramírez
    22.0%
    3rd year
  • Jeff Kent
    14.5%
    6th year
  • Gary Sheffield
    11.1%
    5th year
  • Billy Wagner
    11.1%
    4th year
  • Scott Rolen
    10.2%
    2nd year
  • Sammy Sosa
    7.8%
    7th year
  • Andruw Jones
    7.3%
    2nd year

Candidate Bios

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RICK ANKIEL

1st year on ballot…Played 11 seasons with Cardinals, Royals, Braves, Nationals, Astros and Mets…Finished second in 2000 National League Rookie of the Year voting after going 11-7 in 31 games with the Cardinals, posting a 3.50 ERA and recording 194 strikeouts…Transitioned to outfield following 2004 season and re-emerged in the big leagues in 2007 with Cardinals…Hit 25 home runs in 2008…Appeared in six Postseason games as a position player from 2009-10 with Cardinals and Braves, posting .143 batting average…Appeared in three Postseason games as a pitcher with the Cardinals in 2000.

JASON BAY

1st year on ballot…Played 11 seasons with Padres, Pirates, Red Sox, Mets and Mariners…Won 2004 National League Rookie of the Year Award after hitting .282 with 26 homers and 82 RBI for the Pirates…Three-time All-Star (2005-06, 2009) who finished seventh in the 2009 American League MVP voting…Won 2009 Silver Slugger Award as a left fielder…Hit better than .300 in one season (2005) and scored 100-plus runs and totaled 100-or-more RBI in four seasons apiece (2005-06, 2008-09)…Reached 30-homer mark four times (2005-06, 2008-09)…Led all big leaguers with 162 games played in 2005…Appeared in three Postseason series over two seasons with the Red Sox, hitting .306 with three homers, nine RBI and 12 walks in 14 games.

LANCE BERKMAN

1st year on the ballot…Played 15 seasons with Astros, Yankees, Cardinals and Rangers…Finished tied for sixth in 2000 National League Rookie of the Year voting…Six-time All-Star (2001-02, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011) who finished in the Top 10 of the National League MVP voting six times, including four times in the Top 5 (2001-02, 2006, 2008)…Won 2011 NL Comeback Player of the Year Award…Hit better than .300 in five seasons (2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011), drove in 100-or-more runs six times (2001-02, 2004, 2006-08), scored 100-or-more runs five times (2001-04, 2008) and topped the 20-home run mark 11 times (2000-09, 2011)…Led NL in doubles in two seasons (2001, 2008) and RBI once (2002)…Ranks 43rd all-time in on-base percentage (.406)…Appeared in 11 Postseason series over five seasons with Astros, Yankees and Cardinals, hitting .317 with 38 runs scored, nine home runs and 41 RBI in 52 games…Member of 2011 Cardinals World Series championship team.

BARRY BONDS

7th 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 RBI (1,996), fifth in slugging percentage (.607), 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.

ROGER CLEMENS

7th 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.

FREDDY GARCIA

1st year on the ballot…Pitched 15 seasons for Mariners, White Sox, Phillies, Tigers, Yankees, Orioles and Braves…Finished second in American League Rookie of the Year voting in 1999…Seven seasons with at least 200 innings pitched…Received Cy Young Award votes in two seasons: 1999 (9th) and 2001 (3rd)…Named to two All-Star Games (2001-02) and was the winning pitcher in the 2001 All-Star Game…Led his league in innings pitched once (2001), and earned-run average once (2001)…Appeared in nine Postseason series over five seasons, posting a 6-3 record and 3.26 ERA in 66.1 innings pitched over 11 starts, striking out 57 while walking 24…Won three games in three starts for White Sox in 2005 Postseason, including Game 4 of the World Series when he threw seven shutout innings in series-clinching victory for Chicago.

JON GARLAND

1st year on the ballot…Pitched 13 seasons for White Sox, Angels, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Padres and Rockies…Finished sixth in American League Cy Young Award voting in 2005, the same season he was named to the AL All-Star team…Led American League in shutouts in 2005 with three…Reached the 10-win mark in nine seasons (2002-10)…Pitched 200-or-more innings in six seasons (2004-07, 2009-10)…Appeared in two Postseason games, both in 2005 with White Sox, winning Game 3 of the ALCS vs. the Angels with a complete game four-hitter and earning a no-decision in Game 3 of the World Series in a game the White Sox eventually won in 14 innings.

TRAVIS HAFNER

1st year on the ballot…Played 12 seasons with Rangers, Indians and Yankees…Finished in Top 10 of American League Most Valuable Player voting twice (2005-06)…Topped 20-home run mark four times (2004-07), recorded 100-or-more RBI in four seasons (2004-07), hit better than .300 three times (2004-06) and scored 100 runs in one season (2006)…Led AL in slugging percentage in 2006 with a mark of .659…Played 1,043 of his 1,183 games as a designated hitter…Appeared in two Postseason series with the Indians – both in 2007 – batting .186 with two homers and four RBI in 11 games.

ROY HALLADAY

1st year on the ballot…Pitched 16 seasons for Blue Jays and Phillies…Three 20-win seasons, eight seasons with 200-plus innings and five seasons with 200-plus strikeouts…Won two Cy Young Awards (2003, 2010)…Received Cy Young Award votes in five other seasons: 2006 (3rd), 2007 (5th), 2008 (2nd), 2009 (5th) and 2011 (2nd)…Finished in Top 10 of NL Most Valuable Player Award voting twice: 2010 (6th) and 2011 (9th)…Named to eight All-Star Games (2002-03, 2005-06, 2008-11), starting All-Star Game in 2009 and 2011…Led his league in complete games seven times (2003, 2005, 2007-11), strikeout-to-walk ratio five times (2003, 2008-11), shutouts four times (2003, 2008-10), innings pitched four times (2002-03, 2008, 2010) and wins twice (2003, 2010)…One of only six pitchers with at least 200 victories and a .650 winning percentage among all pitchers whose career began in 1900 or later…Among pitchers active from 1998 to present, Halladay’s 67 complete games are the most in baseball, 13 more than runner-up Randy Johnson in that span…Pitched a perfect game against the Marlins on May 29, 2010, and followed that in the 2010 Postseason with a no-hitter against the Reds in Game 1 of the NLDS on Oct. 6, the second no-hitter in Postseason history…Appeared in three Postseason series over two seasons with a 3-2 record and 2.37 ERA in five starts, striking out 35 batters in 38.0 innings.

TODD HELTON

1st 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 19th 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.

ANDRUW JONES

2nd 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

6th 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 28th 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.

TED LILLY

1st year on the ballot…Pitched 15 seasons for the Expos, Yankees, Athletics, Blue Jays, Cubs and Dodgers…Two-time All-Star (2004, 2009) who won 10-or-more games in nine straight seasons (2003-11)…Led National League in games started in 2008 with 34…Topped 200-inning mark twice (2007-08)…Appeared in five Postseason games over three seasons with Athletics and Cubs, posting 0-2 record with 6.61 ERA.

DEREK LOWE

1st year on ballot…Pitched 17 seasons for Mariners, Red Sox, Dodgers, Braves, Indians, Yankees and Rangers…One 20-win season (2002) and two seasons with 20-plus saves (2000-01), including an American League-best 42 in 2000…Five seasons with 15-or-more wins (2002-03, 2006, 2009-10)…Two-time All-Star (2000, 2002) who started the 2002 All-Star Game…Received Cy Young Award votes in 2002 when he finished third in American League balloting…Led his league in games started four times (2005, 2008-09, 2011), wins once (2006), games finished once (2000) and saves once (2000)…Topped the 200-innings pitched mark five times (2002-03, 2005-06, 2008)…Pitched no-hitter for Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay on April 27, 2002…Appeared in 14 Postseason series over eight seasons, posting 5-7 record with one save and a 3.42 ERA over 26 games, including 12 starts…Member of the 2004 Red Sox World Series Champions and picked up the decisive victory in the ALDS, ALCS and World Series that year.

EDGAR MARTINEZ

10th and final year on the ballot…Played 18 seasons, all with the Mariners…Named to seven All-Star Games (1992, 1995-1997, 2000-2001, 2003)…Won five Silver Slugger Awards (1992, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003)…Finished third in American League MVP voting in 1995 and 6th in 2000…Won AL batting titles in 1992 (.343) and 1995 (.356)…Led the league in OBP three times (1995, 1998-99) and finished in the top five in seven other years…Led the AL in games played (145) and runs scored (121) in 1995…Led the league in doubles twice (1992, 1995) and RBI in 2000…Hit .300 or better in 10 full seasons (1990-92, 1995-2001)…Drove in 100-or-more runs six times (1995-98, 2000-01) and scored 100-or-more runs five times (1992, 1995-97, 2000)…One of only nine players in history with 300 homers, 500 doubles, a career batting average higher than .300, a career OBP higher than .400 and a career slugging percentage higher than .500…Ranks as the Mariners all-time leader in runs (1,219), doubles (514), walks (1,283), RBI (1,261), extra-base hits (838) and total bases (3,718)…Posted sterling 1995 ALDS against New York when he hit .571 (12-for-21), was on base 18 times in five games and set the record for single-game Postseason RBI with seven…In 34 career Postseason games (1995 ALDS and ALCS; 1997 ALDS; 2000 ALDS and ALCS; and 2001 ALDS and ALCS) hit .266 (34-for-128) with eight homers and 24 RBI…Won the Roberto Clemente Award in 2004, the same year that MLB renamed the annual Outstanding Designated Hitter Award in his honor.

FRED MCGRIFF

10th and final year on the ballot…Played 19 seasons with the Blue Jays, Padres, Braves, Devil Rays, Cubs and Dodgers…A five-time All-Star (1992, 1994-96, 2000)…Won three Silver Slugger Awards (1989, 1992-93) at first base and finished in the top 10 of MVP voting six times: 1989 (6th), 1990 (10th), 1991 (10th), 1992 (6th), 1993 (4th) and 1994 (8th)…Tied for the league lead in games played in 1995 with 144 and paced the league in homers in 1989 (36) and 1992 (35)…Hit 30-or-more home runs in seven straight seasons from 1988-94 and three more times in 1999, 2001 and 2002…Hit .300-or-better four times (1990, 1994, 1999 and 2001)…Drove in 100-or-more runs eight times (1991-93, 1996, 1999-2002) and scored 100-or-more runs twice (1988, 1993)…Won the All-Star MVP Award in 1994…Won a World Series with the 1995 Atlanta Braves (.261 average, with five runs scored and three RBI in the Fall Classic) and had a career .303 Postseason batting average in 50 games (57-for-188) with 10 homers and 37 RBI in 10 series…Posted a .992 fielding percentage at first base…Ranks tied for 28th all-time in home runs (493), 45th in walks (1,305), 47th in RBI (1,550), 50th in extra base hits (958), 54th in total bases (4,458) and 32nd in intentional walks (171).

MIKE MUSSINA

6th year on the ballot…Pitched 18 seasons for Orioles and Yankees…One 20-win season (2008), and at 39 years he became the oldest pitcher to record his first 20-win campaign…11 total seasons with at least 15 wins (1992, 1994-97, 1999, 2001-03, 2006, 2008)…Received Cy Young Award votes nine times: 1992 (4th), 1994 (4th), 1995 (5th), 1996 (5th), 1997 (6th), 1999 (2nd), 2000 (6th), 2001 (5th) and 2008 (6th)…Named to five All-Star teams (1992-94, 1997, 1999)…Won seven Gold Glove Awards (1996-99, 2001, 2003, 2008)…Led American League in games started twice (1996, 2008), wins once (1995), winning percentage once (1992), shutouts once (1995), innings pitched once (2000) and walks-per-nine-innings-pitched once (1995)…Finished in top five in AL earned-run average rankings seven times (1992, 1994-95, 1999-2001, 2006)…Among modern-era pitchers with at least 250 victories, only Lefty Grove, Christy Mathewson, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson and Grover Cleveland Alexander have a better career winning percentage than Mussina’s .638 mark…Ranks 24th all-time in strikeouts-to-walk ratio (3.583), 20th in strikeouts (2,813), 33rd in wins (270), 35th in games started (536) and 41st in winning percentage (.638)…Appeared in 16 Postseason series (nine Division Series, five League Championship Series and two World Series), posting 7-8 record with a 3.42 ERA in 23 games…Member of Yankees’ 2001 and 2003 American League Championship teams.

DARREN OLIVER

1st year on the ballot…Pitched 20 seasons for Rangers, Cardinals, Red Sox, Rockies, Marlins, Astros, Mets, Angels and Blue Jays…Topped the 10-win mark in five seasons (1996-98, 2001, 2003)…After transitioning from a starter to a reliever, appeared in at least 50 games per season in seven straight years from 2007-13…Appeared in 13 Postseason series over seven seasons, posting 2-2 record with one save and a 4.32 earned-run average in 30 games, including one start…Struck out 31 batters in 41.2 Postseason innings and was member of Rangers American League Championship teams in 2010 and 2011.

ROY OSWALT

1st year on the ballot…Pitched 13 seasons for Astros, Phillies, Rangers and Rockies…Finished second in 2001 National League Rookie of the Year voting after going 14-3 with league-best .824 winning percentage…Reached 20-win plateau in two seasons (2004-05)…Posted two seasons with at least 200 strikeouts (2002, 2004)…Received NL Cy Young Award votes in six seasons: 2001 (5th), 2002 (4th), 2004 (3rd), 2005 (4th), 2006 (4th) and 2010 (6th)…Named to three All-Star Games (2005-07)…Led NL in games started twice (2004-05), WHIP once (2010) and ERA once (2006)…Finished in top five in NL earned-run average rankings three times (2002, 2006, 2010)…Appeared in eight Postseason series over four seasons, posting 5-2 record with 3.73 ERA in 13 games…Member of Astros’ 2005 National League Championship team.

ANDY PETTITTE

1st 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, 2007) 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), ranking second in strikeouts (183)…Named 2001 ALCS Most Valuable Player…Member of five Yankees World Series championship teams (1996, 1998-2000, 2009).

JUAN PIERRE

1st year on the ballot…Played 14 seasons with Rockies, Marlins, Cubs, Dodgers, White Sox and Phillies…Finished tied for sixth in 2000 National League Rookie of the Year voting…Finished 10th in 2003 NL Most Valuable Player voting…Topped the .300 mark in batting average in five full seasons (2001, 2003-04, 2009, 2012)…Recorded 200-or-more hits in four seasons (2001, 2003-04, 2006)…Scored 100-or-more runs three times (2001, 2003-04)…Led league in at-bat-per-strikeout ratio eight times (2001, 2003-07, 2010-11), games played five times (2003-07), sacrifice hits four times (2003, 2007, 2011-12), stolen bases three times (2001, 2003, 2010), at-bats three times (2003-04, 2006), hits twice (2004, 2006) and triples once (2004)…Ranks 18th all-time with 614 stolen bases…Appeared in seven Postseason series over three seasons with Marlins and Dodgers, hitting .304 with 16 runs scored and three stolen bases in 26 games…Members of 2003 Marlins World Series championship team.

PLACIDO POLANCO

1st year on the ballot…Played 16 seasons with Cardinals, Phillies, Tigers and Marlins…Two-time All-Star (2007, 2011) and three-time Gold Glove Award winner, twice at second base (2007, 2009) and once at third base (2011)…One of only two players to win Gold Glove Awards at multiple positions and the only player to win Gold Glove Awards at two different positions in the infield…Posted a .300-or-better batting average in five seasons (2000-01, 2005, 2007-08)…Recorded one season with at least 200 hits (2007) and one season with at least 100 runs scored (2007)…Led his league in fielding percentage among second basemen three times (2004, 2007, 2009) and in fielding percentage among third basemen three times (2010-11, 2013)…Is all-time leader in fielding percentage at both second base (.993) and third base (.983) among qualified fielders (players with at least 500 games at a position)…Appeared in nine Postseason series over five seasons, hitting .248 with 11 runs scored and 13 RBI in 38 games…Named MVP of the 2006 ALCS with the Tigers, who won the American League Championship that season.

MANNY RAMIREZ

3rd 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), 29th in total bases (4,826) and 33rd 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.

MARIANO RIVERA

1st year on the ballot…Pitched 19 seasons, all for the Yankees…Shares record with Trevor Hoffman with nine seasons with at least 40 saves…Led American League in saves three times (1999, 2001, 2004) and games finished twice (2004-05)…Named to 13 All-Star Games and won All-Star Game MVP in 2013…Received Cy Young Award votes six times: 1996 (3rd), 1999 (3rd), 2004 (3rd), 2005 (2nd), 2008 (5th) and 2011 (8th)…Finished in Top 10 of AL MVP voting twice: 2004 (9th) and 2005 (9th)…In his 17 full big league seasons, finished with an ERA under 2.00 11 times (1997-99, 2003-06, 2008-11)…Ranks first all-time in saves (652), first in games finished (952) and fourth in games pitched (1,115)…Career WHIP of 1.000 ranks third all-time and first among pitchers whose career started after 1910...Career ERA of 2.21 ranks 13th all-time and first among pitchers whose career started after 1910…Appeared in 32 Postseason series in 16 seasons, posting 8-1 record with 42 saves and a 0.70 earned-run average…In 141.0 Postseason innings, allowed 86 hits (5.5 per nine innings) and 11 earned runs, striking out 110 while walking 21…Holds all-time Postseason marks for ERA (0.70), games pitched (96) and saves (42)…Holds all-time World Series mark for games pitched (24) and saves (11)…Named 1999 World Series MVP and 2003 ALCS MVP…Member of Yankees World Championship teams in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009.

SCOTT ROLEN

2nd 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

7th 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 four pitchers with at least 3,000 career strikeouts and fewer than 1,000 walks…Ranks fifth 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)…Ranks third in Postseason winning percentage (.846) and fifth all-time in Postseason victories (11)…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

5th 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), 29th in RBI (1,676) and 34th 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

7th 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), 30th all-time in RBI (1,667), 32nd in extra base hits (1,033) and 39th 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.

MIGUEL TEJADA

1st year on the ballot…Played 16 seasons with Athletics, Orioles, Astros, Padres, Giants and Royals…Six-time All-Star (2002, 2004-06, 2008-09) and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner at shortstop (2004-05)…Won 2005 All-Star Game MVP Award…Named 2002 American League Most Valuable Player and finished in Top 10 of AL MVP vote in 2004 (5th)…Hit .300-or-better in five seasons (2002, 2004-06, 2009), recorded 100-or-more RBI in six seasons (2000-04, 2006), scored 100-or-more runs four times (2000-02, 2004), reached the 30-homer mark four times (2000-02, 2004) and totaled at least 200 hits in three seasons (2002, 2004, 2006)…Led his league in games played five times (2001-02, 2004-06) and played in 1,152 consecutive games from 2000-07, the fifth-longest streak in MLB history…Led his league in doubles twice (2005, 2009) and RBI once (2004)…Led his league in assists among shortstops seven times (2000, 2002-05, 2008-09), double plays among shortstops three times (2004, 2008-09) and putouts among shortstops once (1999)…Played in 1,946 games at shortstop, which ranks 23rd all-time…Appeared in four Postseason series over four seasons, hitting .212 with nine runs scored and eight RBI in 20 games.

OMAR VIZQUEL

2nd 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 among retired players with a mark of .985…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), 17th 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

4th 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 600 innings pitched…Career 2.31 ERA is lowest among 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 10.13 ERA in 14 games.

LARRY WALKER

9th year on the ballot…Played 17 seasons with Expos, Rockies and Cardinals…Won 1997 National League Most Valuable Player Award, hitting .366 with NL-leading totals in home runs (49), total bases (409, the 18th-best single-season total in history), on-base percentage (.452) and slugging percentage (.720)…Led NL in batting three times: 1998 (.363), 1999 (.379) and 2001 (.350)…Won seven Gold Glove Awards (1992-93, 1997-99, 2001-02) and three Silver Slugger Awards (1992, 1997, 1999) as a outfielder…Finished seventh in 1990 NL Rookie of the Year Award voting with Expos…Named to five All-Star Games (1992, 1997-99, 2001)…Finished in Top 10 of NL Most Valuable Player voting four times: 1992 (5th), 1995 (7th), 1997 (1st), 1999 (10th)…Led NL in slugging percentage twice (1997 and 1999), and his .565 career mark ranks 12th all-time…Posted 30-homer/30-steal season in 1997 with 49 home runs and 33 stolen bases, becoming just the 14th different NL player to reach that milestone…Drove in at least 100 runs in five seasons (1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002)…Hit better than .300 in nine seasons (1992, 1994-95, 1997-2002)…Scored 100-or-more runs in four seasons (1997-99, 2001)…In six Postseason series, batted .230 with 18 runs scored, seven home runs and 15 RBI…Two NLCS with Cardinals (2004-05)…Member of Cardinals’ 2004 NL Championship team.

VERNON WELLS

1st year on the ballot…Played 15 seasons with Blue Jays, Angels and Yankees…Three-time All Star (2003, 2006, 2010) and three-time Gold Glove Award winner in center field (2004-06)…Finished eighth in 2003 American League MVP voting and won Silver Slugger Award when he hit .317 with 33 home runs and 117 RBI to go along with an AL-best 215 hits, 49 doubles and 373 total bases…Reached the .300 batting mark in three full seasons (2003, 2006, 2008) and had three seasons with at least 100 RBI (2002-03, 2006)…Posted eight seasons with 20-or-more home runs…Led AL center fielders in fielding percentage four times (2004-05, 2009-10)…Named 2010 winner of Branch Rickey Award.

KEVIN YOUKILIS

1st year on the ballot…Played 10 seasons with Red Sox, White Sox and Yankees…Three-time All-Star (2008-09, 2011) and 2007 Gold Glove Award winner at first base who twice finished in Top 10 of the American League MVP voting (2008: 3rd; 2009: 6th)…Hit better than .300 in three seasons (2008-2010) and recorded an on-base percentage of .400 or better in two seasons (2009-10)…Topped 20-home run mark twice (2008-09) and reached the 100-RBI mark once (2008)…Led AL in sacrifice flys in 2006 with 11…Played in seven Postseason series over four seasons, hitting .306 with 22 runs scored and 17 RBI in 29 games…Member of Red Sox World Series championship teams in 2004 and 2007.

MICHAEL YOUNG

1st year on the ballot…Played 14 seasons with Rangers, Phillies and Dodgers…Led American League in hits twice with 221 in 2005 and 213 in 2011…Led AL in batting with .331 average in 2005…Posted six seasons with at least 200 hits (2003-07, 2011), four seasons with at least 100 runs scored (2003-05, 2008) and two seasons with at least 100 RBI (2006, 2011)…Named to seven All-Star Games (2004-09, 2011) and won 2006 All-Star Game MVP Award…Finished in Top 10 of AL Most Valuable Player Award voting twice: 2004 (8th) and 2011 (8th)…Won 2008 Gold Glove Award at shortstop…Led all AL second baseman in assists in 2002 with 420 and all AL shortstops in assists in 2006 with 492…Led AL in double plays turned among shortstops in 2006 (113) and 2008 (113)…Played 448 career games at second base, 465 career games at third base and 793 career games at shortstop…Hit .300 or better in seven seasons (2003-07, 2009, 2011) and finished career with .300 batting average…In nine Postseason series over four seasons, batted .238 with three homers and 19 RBI in 43 games…Member of Rangers American League Championship teams in 2010 and 2011.

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