- Dec 4, 2009
Two former American League Most Valuable Player Award winners as well as two World Series MVPs are among 19 new candidates on the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot that is being mailed this week to more than 400 voting members of the BBWAA. Catcher Ivan Rodriguez, outfielders Vladimir Guerrero and Manny Ramirez and shortstop Edgar Renteria head the newcomers’ list that will join 15 holdovers from the 2016 balloting in which center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. and catcher Mike Piazza were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
http://bbwaa.com/2016/11/17-hof-ballot/Other players new to the ballot brandishing World Series rings include four of Ramirez’s Red Sox teammates – pitcher Tim Wakefield and catcher Jason Varitek with two apiece and one each for shortstop Orlando Cabrera and outfielder J.D. Drew, who was also the MVP of the 2008 All-Star Game – and two of Renteria’s Giants teammates in 2010, infielder Freddy Sanchez, who also won two NL batting titles with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and outfielder Pat Burrell, who also was on the Philadelphia Phillies’ championship team in 2008. Outfielder Matt Stairs, who played for 12 franchises, was also on that Phillies club in ’08.
When it comes to World Series rings, no one on the ballot can top the five that belong to catcher Jorge Posada, who played all of his 17 seasons with the New York Yankees. Also bearing rings among the first-timers on the ballot are first baseman Derrek Lee (2003 Marlins) and relief pitcher Arthur Rhodes (2011 St. Louis Cardinals). Former AL batting champion Magglio Ordonez, a six-time All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger winner, is on the ballot for the first time along with fellow outfielder Mike Cameron and infielders Casey Blake, Carlos Guillen and Melvin Mora.
Writers must return ballots by a Dec. 31 postmark. Votes are counted jointly by BBWAA secretary-treasurer Jack O’Connell and Ernst & Young partner Michael DiLecce. Results will be announced by Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, on MLB Network.
Ballot tracker can be found here