Ramirez, Varitek Highlight Hall Of Fame Ballot [VIDEO]
Former Boston Red Sox Manny Ramirez, Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, Orlando Cabrera, and J.D. Drew are all on the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot that was released on Monday.
19 first time eligible players are up for the call to the hall, with Ivan Rodriguez, Vladimir Guerrero, and Ramirez having the best odds of making it to Cooperstown of that grouping. The 15 returning players are headlined by Jeff Bagwell who narrowly missed out on induction in 2016 with almost 72 percent of the vote, while Tim Raines and Trevor Hoffman also received over 60 percent last year. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are also on the list of returning players to the ballot.
The Baseball Writers Association of America members have until December 31st to submit their ballots of up to 10 players, with the announcement being made on the MLB Network on January 18th. Players need to receive 75 percent of the voting to make it into the Hall of Fame.
Returning HOF Players On Ballot
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1st Time HOF Eligible