As they debut, Bonds, Clemens and Schilling will be on for the last time.
NEW YORK. David Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Howard and Tim Lincecum stand out among the group of 13 players who appear on the ballot for the Hall of Fame for the first time.
Another 17 players repeat on the list of the Baseball Writers Association of North America (BBWAA).
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, two stars who ended up tainted by the Age of Steroids, will have their tenth and final appearance on the BBWA ballot. They will do it along with Curt Schilling, who lacked 16 votes to reach the minimum of 75% to be exalted. Schilling received 71.1% of the vote, Bonds reached 61.8% and Clemens reached 61.6%.
The repeat list includes Bobby Abreu, Mark Buehrle, Todd Helton, Tim Hudson, Torii Hunter, Andruw Jones, Jeff Kent, Andy Pettitte, Manny Ramírez, Gary Sheffield, Sammy Sosa, Omar Vizquel and Billy Wagner.
Sosa also appears for the last time on the ballot. The Dominican received 17% last year.
Members of the Bbwaa with 10 consecutive years or more of membership are entitled to vote. Voters have until December 31 to mail their ballots and the results will be announced on January 25. Any chosen player will be inducted to Cooperstown on July 24.
Ortiz, originally signed by Seattle in 1992, finished in the top five in the AL MVP voting every year from 2003 to 2007 and in 2007, he helped Boston win another Fall Classic with a sweep over the Rockies. .
“Big Papi,” as he is known, won another ring with the Red Sox in 2013, taking World Series MVP honors after hitting .688 with a pair of home runs against the Cardinals. Ortiz finished his career with 541 home runs in 20 seasons, leading the Big Top with a 1,021 OPS at age 40 during his farewell campaign in 2016.
Rodriguez, on his side, was one of the most renowned prospects in baseball history in the early 1990s.
He finished with three AL MVP awards and signed for two of the richest contracts in business history.
Injuries and links to the use of performance-enhancing substances tainted Rodriguez’s career, however. In 2009, he confessed to doping between 2001 and 2003.
Rodriguez retired with a total of 696 home runs, the fourth-highest number of all time.