David Ortiz, Alex Rodríguez, Ryan Howard and Tim Lincecum stand out within the group of 13 players who appear on the ballot for the first time vote for the Hall of Fame. Another 17 players repeat on the Baseball Writers Association of North America (BBWAA) roster.
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, two stars that were stained by the Age of Steroids, will have their tenth and final appearance on the BBWAA 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%.
Justin Morneau, Jimmy Rollins and Jake Peavy are also released on the ballot, along with Carl Crawford, Prince Fielder, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Papelbon, AJ Pierzynski and Mark Teixeira announced the Hall of Fame and the BBWAA on Monday.
The list of those who repeat 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 will also appear for the last time on the ballot. The Dominican received 17% last year.
No one was elected by the BBWAA in last year’s vote. After the result was announced, Schilling asked to be removed from the ballot.
“It’s okay, baseball owes me nothing,” he said in a video on Twitter.
Clemens has denied substance use to improve performance and Bonds denies that he used them knowingly. Bonds was also charged with domestic violence and Clemens with having a decade-long relationship with a singer who was 15 when they met.