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Former winners of one Most Valuable Player Award, three Cy Young Awards, two Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards, two World Series MVPs and 34 Gold Glove Awards, plus a member of the 600 Home Run Club and a pitcher whose career spanned a quarter of a century are among 19 new candidates on the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot that is being mailed this week to more than 430 voting members of the BBWAA.

The results of the election will be announced by Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson at 6 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, live on MLB Network.

Third baseman Chipper Jones, fellow infielders Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel and pitchers Jamie Moyer and Johan Santana head the newcomers who will join 14 holdovers from the 2017 ballotingin which first baseman Jeff Bagwell, outfielder Tim Raines and catcher Ivan Rodriguez were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Candidates must be named on 75 percent of ballots cast by selected BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years of Major League Baseball coverage to gain election. Falling five votes short of last year’s total required for election was relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman, who polled 74 percent. Outfielder Vladimir Guerrero came within 15 votes at 71.7 percent. Other players named on more than half the ballots were designated hitter/third baseman Edgar Martinez (58.6), pitcher Roger Clemens (54.1), outfielder Barry Bonds (53.8) and pitcher Mike Mussina (51.8).

Players may remain on the ballot for up to 10 years provided they receive at least five percent of the vote. Other holdovers from the 2017 ballot are pitchers Curt Schilling and Billy Wagner, first baseman Fred McGriff, second baseman Jeff Kent and outfielders Manny Ramirez, Gary Sheffield, Sammy Sosa and Larry Walker.

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2018 Hall of Fame ballot

Name 2017 votes Percentage Current year on ballot
Barry Bonds 238 53.8 6th
Chris Carpenter     1st
Roger Clemens 239 54.1 6th
Johnny Damon     1st
Vladimir Guerrero 317 71.1 2nd
Livan Hernandez     1st
Trevor Hoffman 327 74.0 3rd
Orlando Hudson     1st
Aubrey Huff     1st
Jason Isringhausen     1st
Andruw Jones     1st
Chipper Jones     1st
Jeff Kent 74 16.7 5th
Carlos Lee     1st
Brad Lidge     1st
Edgar Martinez 259 58.6 9th
Hideki Matsui     1st
Fred McGriff 96 21.7 9th
Kevin Millwood     1st
Jamie Moyer     1st
Mike Mussina 229 51.8 5th
Manny Ramirez 105 23.8 2nd
Scott Rolen     1st
Johan Santana     1st
Curt Schilling 199 45.0 6th
Gary Sheffield 59 13.3 4th
Sammy Sosa 38 8.6 6th
Jim Thome     1st
Omar Vizquel     1st
Billy Wagner 45 10.2 3rd
Larry Walker 97 21.9 8th
Kerry Wood     1st
Carlos Zambrano     1st

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Some very deserving names on that list some will make it, some should some for various reasons might never make it.

I'd like to see Vizquel, Thome naturally plus Vlad, Hoffman, Edgar, Mcgriff get a shot among others.

Some big names on that unofficial "blackball" list!

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Joe Morgan says leave all the steroid cheaters out.

But Thome and Omar.....absolutely!

Aside from the two Indians, and the steroid cheaters, I would think that the most deserving are  Hoffman  Guerroro, Schilling and Chipper.

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8 hours ago, stillmotion said:

Thome and Omar were both class acts

Agree there, nice guys even today long removed from their playing days you can't say that about many stars.

ALSO MLB can get kindof stingy about handing out HOF winners unlike most other sports.

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Love both those guys (Thome & Vizquel), but Omar is extra special. As a kid, my first favorite ballplayer was Larry Doby, but, IMHO, Omar Vizquel is the most exciting Indians ballplayer I ever saw. Good luck to them both!

Mike

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14 hours ago, Canton Mike said:

Love both those guys (Thome & Vizquel), but Omar is extra special. As a kid, my first favorite ballplayer was Larry Doby, but, IMHO, Omar Vizquel is the most exciting Indians ballplayer I ever saw. Good luck to them both!

Mike

VIZQUEL is the only professional sports jersey I own that has a player name on it, I used to buy a LOT of Indians merchandise from the now defunct Indians own site, personal, gift and promotional purchases with a site discount plus they threw in a media package and other perks.

Well one day I got the #13 jersey thrown in as a free gift which was nice because Omar was my favorite player in that era.....still have it, a keeper!

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In case you might be interested in sports and in particular CLEVELAND media guides/yearbooks or scorecards etc. from the decades check out:

http://sportspaper.info/mlb/teams/indians/press-room-mlb-indians.html

I collected scorecards and programs from EVERY game I attended in the 1970s and 1980s at the old Municipal Stadium and some as a kid from the late 1950s and 1960s plus most every ticket stub. Nuts eh? :lol:  Well opening day NY YANKEES vs CLEVELAND INDIANS ticket stubs are neat, BROWNS tickets too like  whole untorn STEELERS vs BROWNS 50 yard line COMPLIMENTARY tickets.   ;)

 

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