Ten former Orioles are included on the latest Hall of Fame ballot released today by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
The most prestigious newcomers are Vladimir Guerrero, Manny Ramirez and Ivan Rodriguez. Guerrero concluded his 16-year career with the Orioles in 2011, batting .290/.317/.416 with 30 doubles, 13 home runs and 63 RBIs in 145 games. The 13 home runs were his lowest total since he hit 11 in 90 games with the Expos in 1997.
Other former Orioles include first-timers Melvin Mora, Arthur Rhodes, Derrek Lee and Casey Blake. They join Mike Mussina, Tim Raines, Lee Smith, Sammy Sosa and Curt Schilling.
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. Players may remain on the ballot provided they receive at least five percent of the vote for up to 10 years.
Results will be announced on Jan. 18, 2017 on MLB Network.
Raines and Smith are on the ballot for the last time. I’ve voted for them in the past.
There are 15 holdovers after Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were inducted last year. Jeff Bagwell (71.6 percent) fell 15 votes shy of joining them. The only other players to be named on more than half the ballots were Raines (69.8 percent), Schilling (52.3) and Trevor Hoffman (67.3).
Here’s the complete list of candidates: