The Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced on Monday the list of candidates on this year’s ballot for potential induction in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Several players with strong ties to the Cleveland Indians will make their first appearances.
A total of 33 candidates are up for the vote this offseason, including 19 players for the first time. The new class of candidates include several former Indians – Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel – as well as former Atlanta Braves stars Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones, New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui, and lethal left-hander Johan Santana.
The newest members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame are one step closer to induction as the candidates for the Class of 2017 were announced on Monday as the annual Cooperstown ballot was unveiled.
A total of 19 new names join the list of 15 holdovers looking to gain entry to a place among baseball’s immortals. Among the most recognizable of the first time candidates are Vladimir Guerrero, Ivan Rodriguez, and former Cleveland Indians outfielder Manny Ramirez.
To reach the Hall, a player needs to appear on 75% of the ballots cast by more than 400 members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Results of the process will be announced on January 18 on the MLB Network.