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November 30, 2011

The Hall of Fame -- and old Orioles on the ballot

The 2012 Hall of Fame ballot has been mailed out to roughly 600 eligible members of the Baseball Writer Association of America. Among the 13 new candidates on this year’s ballot are former Orioles catcher Javy Lopez and Baltimore native and Milford Mill graduate Brian Jordan, who was an outfielder for four teams in a 15-season career.

There are no slam-dunk Hall of Famers in the new group that is led by former outfielders Bernie Williams, Tim Salmon and Ruben Sierra and infielder Vinny Castilla.

Also on the ballot are 14 holdovers, including longtime Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, who received just 11 percent of the vote last year, his first on the ballot.

Palmeiro amassed than 3,000 hits and 500 home runs in his 20-season career (seven with the Orioles), but a positive test for the banned substance stanozolol in 2005 adversely affected his Hall chances. To stay on the ballot, a player must receive at least 5 percent of the vote submitted by BBWAA members who have at least 10 years in the association.

For election, a player must receive at least 75 percent of the vote. Former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin is the returnee with the most support from last year, when he was named on 62.1 percent of submitted ballots.

Former Orioles Tim Raines and Lee Smith also return to the ballot this year.

Results of the voting will be announced Jan. 9.

Here is the complete ballot: Jeff Bagwell, Jeromy Burnitz, Vinny Castilla, Juan Gonzalez, Brian Jordan, Barry Larkin, Javy Lopez, Edgar Martinez, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Bill Mueller, Terry Mulholland, Dale Murphy, Phil Nevin, Rafael Palmeiro, Brad Radke, Tim Raines, Tim Salmon, Ruben Sierra, Lee Smith, Alan Trammell, Larry Walker, Bernie Williams, Tony Womack, Eric Young.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 6:10 PM | | Comments (2)
        

Comments

My 6/10 votes would be:

Larkin
Bagwell
Raines
Martinez
Palmiero
McGwire

Apoligies to:

Murphy
McGriff
Trammel
Morris
Smith
Walker

I think entrance into the HOF has gotten too easy. Sure, there are some GOOD players on that list, but no GREAT players (like Brooks or Frank Robinson great, like Babe Ruth or Lou Gehrig great). I say elect no one this year.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.


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