Beltrán, Lackey led 14 newcomers on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

NEW YORK – Carlos Beltran, John Lackey and Jered Weaver are among 14 newcomers on the Baseball Writers Association of America’s Hall of Fame ballot in what could be an evaluation of the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal.

RA Dickey, Huston Street, Francisco Rodriguez, Bronson Arroyo and Matt Cain are also new to the ballot, along with Jacoby Ellsbury, Jayson Werth, Mike Napoli, JJ Hardy, Jhonny Peralta and Andre Ethier, the Hall and the BBWAA said Monday.

Performers include Scott Rolen, Todd Helton and Billy Wagner. Rolen received 249 of 394 votes last year (63.2%), when David Ortiz was elected with 307 votes (77.9%), 11 more than the required 75%. Helton was on 205 ballots (52%) and Wagner 201 (51%).

Voters denied that some stars were tainted by steroids and scandal.

Barry Bonds (260 votes, 66%), Roger Clemens (257, 65.2%) and Curt Schilling (231, 58.6%) were dropped after their 10th appearance on the ballot last year and are among eight players to appear on the ballot the. The Hall’s contemporary baseball era committee, which meets Dec. 4 in San Diego before baseball’s winter meetings.

Other representatives on the BBWAA ballot include Andruw Jones (163 votes last year, 41.1%), Gary Sheffield (160, 40.6%), Alex Rodriguez (135, 34.3%), Jeff Kent (129, 32.7%), Manny Ramirez (114%). , 28.9%), Omar Vizquel (94, 23.9%), Andy Pettitte (42, 10.7%), Jimmy Rollins (37, 9.4%), Bobby Abreu (34, 8.6%), Mark Buehrle (23, 5.8%) and Torii Hunter (21, 5.3%).

Kent, who received his highest percentage last year, will appear on the BBWAA ballot for the 10th and final time.

BBWAA members with 10 or more years of membership are eligible to vote. Ballots must be postmarked by December 31st and results will be announced on January 24th.

Any players elected will be inducted into the Hall at Ballyconmore on July 23 along with anyone elected by the contemporary committee at that time.

A nine-time All-Star, Beltran had a .279 batting average, 435 home runs, 1,587 RBI and 312 stolen bases for Kansas City, Houston, the New York Mets, San Francisco, St. Louis, the Yankees and Texas. He was hired as the Mets manager on November 1, 2019, then was fired on January 16 without managing a game, three days after becoming the only Astros player named in a report by Major League Baseball regarding the team’s illegal use . the electronics to steal signals during Houston’s run to the 2017 World Series.

Alex Rodriguez, a three-time MVP and 14-time All-Star who hit 696 home runs, was suspended for the 2014 season for violating MLB’s drug policy and collective bargaining agreement, and Ortiz’s name allegedly appeared on the list of -players. tested positive during the 2003 survey test.

Lackey won Game 7 of the 2002 World Series for the Anaheim Angels as a rookie, then added World Series titles with the 2013 Boston Red Sox and the 2016 Chicago Cubs. He was 188-147 with a 3.92 ERA in 15 seasons and 8-6 with 3.44 ERA in the postseason.

Weaver, a three-time All-Star, was 150-98 with a 3.63 ERA.

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