SCOTT ROLEN ELECTED
Scott Rolen has been elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers and joins Fred McGriff as the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023
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The most anticipated moment of the new year – the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame election – is right around the corner.
On Jan. 24, the BBWAA will announce the results of its 2023 Hall of Fame vote live from Cooperstown on MLB Network at 6 p.m. ET. Any electees will be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend on Sunday, July 23, at 1:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown.
The Class of 2022, featuring Bud Fowler, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso, Buck O’Neil, Tony Oliva and David Ortiz, was inducted on July 24.
Debuting on the BBWAA ballot in 2023 are Bronson Arroyo, Carlos Beltrán, Matt Cain, R.A. Dickey, Jacoby Ellsbury, Andre Ethier, J.J. Hardy, John Lackey, Mike Napoli, Jhonny Peralta, Francisco Rodríguez, Huston Street, Jered Weaver and Jayson Werth.
Candidates remain on the BBWAA ballot for 10 years provided they are not elected and they are named on at least five percent of all ballots cast each year.
Among the players returning to the BBWAA ballot, Scott Rolen received votes on 63.2 percent of all ballots cast in 2022 — the most of any returnee. Rolen is on the ballot for the sixth time in 2023. Todd Helton (52 percent) and Billy Wagner (51 percent) are the only other candidates who received at least 50 percent of the BBWAA vote in 2022.
Any candidate who receives votes on 75 percent of all ballots cast will earn election to the Hall of Fame.
Fourteen former players are returning to the 2023 BBWAA ballot after receiving at least five percent of the overall vote in 2022:
Fourth year on the ballot…Played 18 seasons with Astros, Phillies, Yankees, Angels, Dodgers and Mets…Two-time All-Star (2004-05) who won a Silver Slugger Award in 2004 and a Gold Glove Award as a right fielder in 2005…Hit .300-or-better six times (1998-2000, 2002-04), drove in 100-or-more runs eight times (2001, 2003-09), scored 100-or-more runs eight times (1999-2002, 2004-05, 2007-08) and drew 100-or-more walks eight times (1999-2006)…Led MLB in walks with 124 in 2006 and led majors in triples with 11 in 1999…Led NL with 50 doubles in 2002 en route to 574 for his career, tied for 25th all-time…Drew 1,476 walks, 20th on the all-time list…Played 1,990 games in right field, 11th on all-time list…One of 75 players in history with at least 400 stolen bases…One of only two players in history, along with Barry Bonds, with at least 1,400 runs scored, 1,400 walks, 1,300 RBI and 400 stolen bases…One of only eight players all-time with at least eight seasons with 100 runs scored, eight seasons with 100 RBI and eight seasons with 100 walks (Barry Bonds, Lou Gehrig, Mel Ott, Babe Ruth, Frank Thomas, Jim Thome and Ted Williams)…Batted .284 with a .392 on-base percentage over five Postseason series, totaling nine runs scored, nine RBI and 12 walks in 20 games.
Bobby Abreu drove in 100 or more runs eight times, scored 100 or more runs eight times and drew 100 or more walks eight times. (Brad Mangin/National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)
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First year on the ballot…Pitched 16 seasons with the Pirates, Red Sox, Reds and Diamondbacks…2006 All-Star led his league in games started twice (2006, 2008) and innings pitched once (2006)…Finished 12th in National League Cy Young Award voting in 2010 and also won Gold Glove Award that year…Led NL in shutouts with two in 2009…Reached double-digits in victories in eight seasons…Reached 200-innings pitched mark in eight seasons…Pitched in seven Postseason series over five seasons, going 1-0 with 4.60 ERA over 12 games, including four starts…Member 2004 Red Sox World Series title team.
First year on the ballot…Played 20 seasons with the Royals, Astros, Mets, Giants, Cardinals, Yankees and Rangers…Nine-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove Award winner in the outfield and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner…Named 1999 American League Rookie of the Year…Finished in the Top 10 of his league’s Most Valuable Player voting twice: 2003 (9th) and 2006 (4th)…Hit .300-or-better in four seasons (2001, 2003, 2009, 2011), drove in 100-or-more runs seven times (1999, 2001-04, 2006-08), scored 100-or-more runs six times (1999, 2001-04, 2006,2008) and reached the 20-homer mark 12 times (1999, 2001-04, 2006-08, 2011-13, 2016)…Stole 312 bases, including two seasons (2003-04) with more than 40 steals…Career stolen base success rate of 86.43 percent is top figure ever for any player with at least 300 steals…One of only four players in history with at least 1,500 runs scored, 2,700 hits, 400 home runs and 300 steals (along with Barry Bonds, Willie Mays and Álex Rodríguez)…Won 2013 Roberto Clemente Award…Ranks 25th all-time with 1,078 career extra base hits, 29th with 565 career doubles, 34th with 4,751 total bases…Hit .307 with a 1.021 OPS in 15 series Postseason series over seven seasons, totaling 45 runs scored, 16 homers and 42 RBI over 65 games…Hit four home runs in 2004 NLDS and NLCS, becoming the only player with at least four home runs in two series in one year and one of three players, along with Jim Thome and Duke Snider, with multiple postseason series of at least four home runs…Member of 2017 Astros World Series title team.
Third year on the ballot…Pitched 16 seasons for White Sox, Marlins and Blue Jays…Recorded 14 200-plus inning seasons, all consecutively (2001-14), to set American League record… Led AL in innings pitched twice (2004-05) and games started twice (2004, 2008)…Finished fifth in 2005 AL Cy Young Award voting…Named to five All-Star teams (2002, 2005-06, 2009, 2014), drawing starting assignment for AL in 2005 Mid-Summer Classic…Four-time Gold Glove Award winner (2009-12)…Led league in assists among pitchers in five seasons (2001-02, 2004, 2009, 2012)…Led MLB in complete games with four during his final season of 2015…Won 13-or-more games in 12 of his 16 seasons…Pitched no-hitter for White Sox against the Rangers on April 18, 2007…Pitched perfect game for White Sox against Rays on July 23, 2009…Appeared in five Postseason series, posting 2-1 record with 4.11 ERA over six games, including four starts…Went 2-0 over four games during 2005 Postseason while helping White Sox win World Series title.
A five-time All-Star, Mark Buehrle won 214 games over 16 big league seasons with the White Sox, Marlins and Blue Jays. (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)
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First year on the ballot…Pitched 13 seasons, all for the Giants…Finished fifth in 2006 National League Rookie of the Year voting…Reached 200-inning mark in six seasons (2007-12)…Finished in Top 12 of NL Cy Young Award voting three times: 2010 (12th), 2011 (8th) and 2012 (6th)…Led NL in games started in 2008 with 34 and led NL in complete games in 2009 with four…Three time All-Star (2009, 2011-12) who finished in Top 10 in ERA in the NL four times: 2007 (10th at 3.65); 2009 (7th at 2.89), 2011 (8th at 2.88) and 2012 (4th at 2.79)…Pitched in six Postseason series over two seasons, going 4-2 with a 2.10 ERA in eight starts…Allowed no earned runs over 21.1 innings in three starts in 2010 Postseason…Member of Giants 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series title teams.
First year on the ballot…Pitched 15 seasons with Rangers, Mariners, Twins, Mets, Blue Jays and Braves…Named 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner after leading league in games started (33), complete games (5), shutouts (3), innings pitched (233.2) and strikeouts (230)…Named to 2012 NL All-Star team…Won 2013 Gold Glove Award…Led his league in starts three times (2012-14)…Reached double digits in wins seven times (2010, 2012-17) and 200 innings five times (2011-15)…Named winner of 2012 Branch Rickey Award…Led his league in assists by pitchers in three seasons (2011, 2013, 2017)…Pitched in two Postseason series, both in 2015, going 0-1 with a 7.11 ERA over two starts.
First year on the ballot…Played 11 seasons for Red Sox and Yankees…Hit .353 in his first year in the big leagues in 2007, helping Red Sox win World Series title…Finished third in American League Rookie of the Year balloting in the following season, leading AL with 50 stolen bases…Also led AL in steals in 2009 and 2013…Led league in triples with 10 in 2009 and paced AL with 364 total bases in 2011…Finished second in AL Most Valuable Player voting in 2011 after hitting .321 with 32 homers, 105 RBI, 119 runs scored and 39 steals, becoming the first Red Sox player with a 30 homer/30 steal season…Won Gold Glove Award for his play in center field and Silver Slugger Award in 2011…Hit better than .300 in two full seasons (2009, 2011)…Appeared in 13 Postseason series over six seasons, hitting .280 with 27 runs scored and 11 steals in 45 games…Member of Red Sox World Series title teams in 2007 and 2013.
First year on the ballot…Played 12 seasons, all with the Dodgers…Finished fifth in 2006 National League Rookie of the Year voting…Two-time All-Star (2010-11) finished sixth in 2009 National League Most Valuable Player Award voting…Won 2009 Silver Slugger Award for right fielders…Won 2011 Gold Glove Award…Hit better than .300 in two seasons (2006, 2008), reached 20-homer mark four times (2008-10, 2012) and topped 100 RBI once (2009)…Topped NL right fielders in fielding percentage three times (2008, 2010-11)…Appeared in 14 Postseason series over eight seasons, hitting .246 in 51 games with 18 runs scored, five homers and 11 RBI.
First year on the ballot…Played 13 seasons with the Brewers, Twins and Orioles…Two-time All-Star (2007, 2013) and three-time Gold Glove Award winner (2012-14) at shortstop…Led league in fielding percentage three times (2011-12, 2015), double plays twice (2012-13), putouts once (2012) and assists once (2012)…Reached 20-home run mark in five seasons (2007-08, 2011-13)…Appeared in seven Postseason series over five seasons, hitting .225 in 21 games.
Fifth year on the ballot…Played 17 seasons, all with the Rockies…Finished second in 1998 National League Rookie of the Year voting…Five-time All-Star (2000-04) who finished in the Top 10 of the NL Most Valuable Player Award voting three times: 2000 (5th), 2001 (9th) and 2003 (7th)…Three-time Gold Glove Award winner (2001-02, 2004) and four-time Silver Slugger Award winner (2000-03) at first base…Reached the 20-home run mark in eight seasons (1998-2005), including six seasons with 30-or-more home runs (1999-2004)…Hit .300-or-better in 12 seasons (1998-2007, 2009, 2011), including a National League-best .372 in 2000…Also led NL in hits (216), doubles (59), total bases (405) and RBI (147) in 2000…One of only seven players in history with at least two seasons (2000-01) with 400-or-more total bases…Scored 100-or-more runs in six seasons (1999-2004), drove in at least 100 runs in five seasons (1999-2003) and drew 100-or-more walks five times (2000, 2003-05, 2007)…Led NL in on-base percentage twice (2000, 2005)…Ranks 22nd all-time in OPS (.953), 20th all-time in doubles (592) and tied for 29th all-time in on-base percentage (.414)…Led NL in fielding percentage among first basemen six times (2001, 2004, 2006-07, 2011, 2013), double plays six times (1998-2000, 2002-03, 2006) and assists four times (1998, 2000, 2003-04)…Appeared in four Postseason series over two seasons, batting .211 with 11 runs scored and four RBI in 15 games…Member of Rockies 2007 National League Championship team.
In 17 big league seasons with the Rockies, Todd Helton was named to five All-Star Games and compiled a .316 batting average. (Brad Mangin/National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)
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Third year on the ballot…Played 19 seasons with the Twins, Angels and Tigers…Nine-time Gold Glove Award winner in outfield (2001-09), third-best total of any center fielder in history…Named to five All-Star Games (2002, 2007, 2009-10, 2013) and earned two Silver Slugger Awards (2009, 2013)…Finished in Top 10 of American League MVP voting in 2002 (6th)…Topped .300 mark in batting twice (2012-13)…Recorded 100-or-more RBI in two seasons (2003, 2007) and reached the 90-RBI mark six other times (2001-02, 2006, 2009-10, 2012)…Totaled 20-or-more home runs in 11 seasons (2001-04, 2006-11, 2015)…Led his league in center fielder assists three times (2000-01, 2006), double plays twice (2005-06) and putouts once (2001)…Totaled 5,263 career put outs in the outfield, 14th all-time…Reached 20-stolen base mark in three seasons (2002, 2004-05)…Appeared in 11 Postseason series over eight seasons, hitting .274 with four homers and 20 RBI in 48 games.
Torii Hunter won nine Gold Glove Awards and was selected to five All-Star Games during his 19-year big league career. (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)
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Sixth year on the ballot…Played 17 seasons with the Braves, Dodgers, Rangers, White Sox and Yankees… Finished fifth in 1997 National League Rookie of the Year voting, but debuted in the big leagues in 1996 and helped the Braves advance to the World Series, where he batted .400 with two home runs in the Fall Classic…Five-time All-Star (2000, 2002-03, 2005-06) who twice finished in the Top 10 of the NL Most Valuable Player Award voting: 2000 (8th) and 2005 (2nd)…10-time Gold Glove Award winner in center field (1998-2007), one of only six outfielders in history to earn at least 10 Gold Glove Awards…Reached the 20-home run plateau 10 times (1998-2007), leading NL in home runs in 2005 with 51…Drove in 100-or-more runs five times (2000-01, 2003, 2005-06), leading NL in 2005 (128)…Scored 100-or-more runs four times (2000-01, 2003, 2006) and reached .300 batting mark once (2000)…Stole 20-or-more bases in four seasons (1997-2000)…Led all NL center fielders in putouts six times (1998-2002, 2007) and assists three times (1998-99, 2005)…Ranks 48th all-time with 434 home runs…Among players with 10-or-more Gold Glove Awards, only Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Schmidt have more home runs…Appeared in 18 Postseason series over 11 seasons with Braves and Yankees, hitting .273 with 43 runs scored, 10 home runs and 34 RBI in 76 games…Member of Braves’ 1996 and 1999 National League Championship teams.
Andruw Jones debuted in the big leagues in 1996 and helped the Braves advance to the World Series, where he batted .400 with two home runs in the Fall Classic. (Rich Pilling/National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)
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Tenth-and-final year on the ballot…Played 17 seasons with the Blue Jays, Mets, Indians, Giants, Astros and Dodgers…Named to five All-Star Games (1999-2001, 2004-05)…Won four Silver Slugger Awards at second base (2000-02, 2005)…Named 2000 National League Most Valuable Player and finished in Top 10 of NL MVP voting in three other seasons: 1997 (8th), 1998 (9th), 2002 (6th)…Hit .300-or-better in three seasons (2000, 2002, 2007)…Drove in 100-or-more runs eight times (1997-2002, 2004-05) and scored 100-or-more runs three times (2000, 2002, 2005)…Hit 20-or-more homers in 12 seasons and reached the 30-homer mark three times (1998, 2000, 2002)…Led NL in extra base hits once (2002-81) and in sacrifice flys twice (1998-10; 2001-13)…Defensively, led all NL second basemen in assists once (2001-390) and double plays once (2002-113)…Tied for 30th on career doubles list (560) and ranks 54th on career RBI list (1,518)…His 351 home runs as a second baseman are most ever at the position…Posted eight seasons with 20 home runs and 100 RBI, the most by any 2B in MLB history…Appeared in 49 Postseason games over 11 series, hitting .276 with nine home runs, 25 runs scored and 23 RBI…Member of Giants’ 2002 National League Championship team.
Jeff Kent was named the 2000 NL MVP and finished in the top 10 of NL MVP voting in three other seasons. (Brad Mangin/National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)
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First year on the ballot…Pitched 15 seasons for Angels, Red Sox, Cardinals and Cubs…Posted double-digit win totals in all but one season – his rookie year of 2002, when he went 9-4 and finished fourth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting while helping the Angels win the World Series…Received Cy Young Award votes in two seasons: 2007 (3rd) and 2015 (9th)…Named to 2007 All-Star Game in a season where he led the American League in ERA (3.01) and shutouts (two)…Also led AL with two shutouts in 2003 and 2006…Topped 200-innings pitched mark in six seasons (2003, 2005-07, 2010, 2015)…Appeared in 19 Postseason series over 10 seasons (9 LDS, 7 LCS and 3 World Series), posting 8-6 record with 3.44 ERA…Member of three World Series-winning teams: 2002 Angels (when he started and won Game 7), 2013 Red Sox and 2016 Cubs.
First year on the ballot…Played 12 seasons for Angels, Rangers, Red Sox and Indians…Reached 20-homer mark in eight seasons (2008-13, 2016-17)…Started at catcher for American League in 2012 All-Star Game…Reached 100-RBI mark in 2016 while helping Indians win American League pennant…Appeared in 15 Postseason series over eight years, hitting .228 with 23 runs scored, eight homers and 30 RBI…Recorded 10 RBI in 2011 World Series for Rangers, becoming just the seventh player to reach double-digits in RBI in a World Series…Member of Red Sox 2013 World Series title team.
First year on the ballot…Played 15 seasons for Indians, Tigers and Cardinals…Three-time All-Star (2011, 2013, 2015) who topped the 20-homer mark five times (2005, 2007-08, 2011, 2014) as a shortstop…Reached the 100-runs scored mark once (2008) and hit .300 once (2013)…Recorded eight seasons with at least 70 RBI (2005, 2007-11, 2014-15)…Led AL shortstops in assists (452) and putouts (249) in 2007…Career fielding percentage at shortstop of .980 ranks 13th all-time…Appeared in 12 Postseason series over six seasons, hitting .256 with 18 runs scored, eight homers and 26 RBI in 58 games…Member of Tigers 2012 American League championship team.
Fifth year on the ballot…Pitched 18 seasons for Yankees and Astros…Reached 20-win mark twice (1996, 2003)…Eight seasons with 15-or-more wins (1996-98, 2000-01, 2003, 2005, 2007)…Finished third in 1995 American League Rookie of the Year voting…Received Cy Young Award votes in five seasons: 1996 (2nd), 1997 (5th), 2000 (4th), 2003 (6th) and 2005 (5th)…Named to three All-Star Games (1996, 2001, 2010)…Led his league in games started three times (1997, 2006-07) and wins once (1996)…Topped 200-innings pitched mark in 10 seasons (1996-98, 2000-01, 2003, 2005-08)…Appeared in 32 Postseason series over 14 seasons (14 LDS, 10 LCS and eight World Series), posting 19-11 record with 3.81 ERA in 44 starts…Holds all-time Postseason records for wins (19), innings pitched (276.2) and games started (44)…Named 2001 ALCS Most Valuable Player…Member of five Yankees World Series Championship teams (1996, 1998-2000, 2009).
Andy Pettitte won 253 games over 18 big league seasons and pitched for five teams that won the World Series. (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)
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Seventh year on the ballot…Played 19 seasons with Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers, White Sox and Rays…Twelve-time All-Star (1995, 1998-2008) and nine-time Silver Slugger Award winner (1995, 1999-2006) as outfielder…Finished second in 1994 American League Rookie of the Year voting…Finished in Top 10 of his league’s MVP voting nine times: 1998 (6th), 1999 (3rd), 2000 (6th), 2001 (9th), 2002 (9th), 2003 (6th), 2004 (3rd), 2005 (4th) and 2008 (4th)…Named American League Hank Aaron Award winner twice (1999, 2004)…Hit .300-or-better in 11 seasons (1995-97, 1999-2004, 2006, 2008), including American League-best .349 in 2002…Reached 100-RBI mark in 12 seasons (1995-96, 1998-2006, 2008), including AL-best 165 RBI in 1999…Scored 100-or-more runs six times (1998-99, 2003-05, 2008)…Topped 30-homer mark 12 times (1995-96, 1998-2006, 2008), including five seasons with 40-plus home runs and an American League-best 43 home runs in 2004…Led American League in on-base percentage three times (2002-03, 2006) and slugging percentage three times (1999-2000, 2004)…Totaled more than 300 bases in 10 seasons (1996-2001, 2003-05, 2008)…Ranks 12th all-time in slugging percentage (.585), 15th in home runs (555), 18th in extra base hits (1,122), 20th in RBI (1,831), 30th in total bases (4,826) and 34th in doubles (547)…Appeared in 23 Postseason series over 11 seasons, hitting .285 with 29 home runs and 78 RBI…His 29 Postseason home runs and 72 walks each rank first all-time and his 78 Postseason RBI rank second all-time…His 67 runs scored and 117 hits in the Postseason each rank third all-time and his 111 Postseason games rank fifth all-time…Won World Series MVP with Red Sox in 2004…Member of Red Sox’s 2004 and 2007 World Series Championship teams.
Manny Ramírez was a 12-time All-Star and nine-time Silver Slugger Award winner as an outfielder. (Brad Mangin/National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)
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Second year on the ballot…Played 22 seasons for Mariners, Rangers and Yankees…Three-time American League Most Valuable Player Award winner (2003, 2005, 2007) who finished in the Top 10 of AL MVP voting in seven other seasons: 1996 (2nd), 1998 (9th), 2000 (3rd), 2001 (6th), 2002 (2nd), 2008 (8th) and 2009 (10th)…14-time All-Star Game selection (1996-98, 2000-08, 2010-11) and 10-time Silver Slugger Award winner at shortstop and third base (1996, 1998-2003, 2005, 2007-08)…Two-time Gold Glove Award winner at shortstop (2002-03)…Reached the .300 mark in batting in nine seasons (1996-98, 2000-02, 2005, 2007-08), leading majors with .358 average in 1996…Scored 100-or-more runs in 13 seasons (1996-2008), leading AL five times (1996, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007)…Totaled at least 100 RBI in 14 seasons (1996, 1998-2010), leading AL twice (2002, 2007)…Topped 30 home run mark 15 times (1996, 1998-2010, 2015), leading AL five times (2001-03, 2005, 2007)…Led AL in total bases four times (1996, 2001-02, 2007), slugging percentage four times (2003, 2005, 2007-08), hits once (1998) and doubles once (1996)…Reached 200-hit mark in three seasons (1996, 1998, 2001)…Ranks fourth all-time in RBI (2,086), fifth in home runs (696), seventh in extra base hits (1,275), seventh in total bases (5,813), eighth in runs scored (2,021), 19th in at-bats (10,566), 22nd in hits (3,115), 28th in slugging percentage (.550), 27th in games played (2,784), 33rd in doubles (548) and tied for 36th in walks (1,338)…Named Hank Aaron Award winner in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2007…Played in 19 Postseason series over 12 seasons, hitting .259 with 13 homers, 43 runs scored and 41 RBI over 76 games…Member of Yankees 2009 World Championship team.
Álex Rodríguez was a three-time AL MVP Award winner, a 14-time All-Star and a 10-time Silver Slugger Award winner at shortstop and third base. (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)
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First year on the ballot…Pitched 16 seasons for Angels, Mets, Brewers, Orioles and Tigers…Six-time All-Star (2004, 2007-09, 2014-15) and two-time winner of Rolaids Relief Award (2006, 2008)…Received American League Cy Young Award votes in three seasons: 2004 (4th), 2006 (4th) and 2008 (3rd)…Finished sixth in AL Most Valuable Player Award vote in 2008…Topped 30-save mark in eight seasons, including MLB record 62 in 2008…Finished in Top 5 in his league in saves seven times (2005-08, 2014-16)…Led league in saves three times (2005-06, 2008), games finished three times (2008-09, 2014) and games pitched once (2008)…Career total of 437 saves ranks fourth all-time and 948 games ranks 21st…One of only nine pitchers in history with at least 300 saves and 1,100 strikeouts…Pitched in 10 Postseason series over six seasons, posting a 5-4 record with three saves and 2.95 ERA in 26 games…Won five games and struck out 28 batters over 18.2 innings in 2002 Postseason to help Angels win World Series title.
Sixth year on the ballot…Played 17 seasons for Phillies, Cardinals, Blue Jays and Reds…Named National League Rookie of the Year in 1997…Seven-time All-Star (2002-06, 2010-11) and eight-time Gold Glove Award winner at third base (1998, 2000-04, 2006, 2010)…Won NL Silver Slugger Award for third basemen in 2002…Finished fourth in 2004 NL Most Valuable Player voting…Reached the 20-home run mark in 10 seasons (1997-2004, 2006, 2010)…Hit .300-or-better in two seasons (2004, 2009)…Reached the 100-RBI mark in five seasons (1998, 2001-04) and scored 100-or-more runs twice (1998, 2004)…Led NL in putouts by third basemen twice (1997-98) and assists twice (2002, 2004)…Appeared in nine Postseason series over five seasons, hitting .220 with five home runs and 12 RBI in 39 games…Hit .421 with five runs scored in five games to help lead Cardinals to win in 2006 World Series.
In 17 big league seasons, Scott Rolen won eight Gold Glove Awards and played all of his 2,023 games in the field at third base. (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)
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Second year on the ballot…Played 17 seasons for Phillies, Dodgers and White Sox…Finished third in National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2001 after hitting .274 with league-leading totals in triples (12) and stolen bases (46)…Three-time All-Star (2001-02, 2005) and four-time Gold Glove Award winner at shortstop (2007-09, 2012)…Earned National League Most Valuable Player honors in 2007 after hitting .296 with NL-best 139 runs scored and 20 triples…Named 2007 NL Silver Slugger Award winner at shortstop…Reached the 100-runs scored mark in six seasons (2004-07, 2009, 2012), stolen 20-or-more bases in 13 seasons (2001-09, 2011-14) and hit 20-or-more home runs in four seasons (2006-07, 2009, 2012)…Led NL in triples four times (2001-02, 2004, 2007), at-bats four times (2001-02, 2007, 2009), runs once (2007) and stolen bases once (2001)…In 2007, became the third shortstop in history to record 30 home run/30 steal season…Ranks 46th all-time with 470 stolen bases…Ranks fourth all-time in career fielding percentage among shortstops (.983)…Among players who appeared in at least half their games at shortstop, the only player in history with at least 500 doubles, 200 home runs and 400 stolen bases…Won 2014 Roberto Clemente Award…Appeared in 11 Postseason series over six seasons, hitting .246 with 27 runs scored and 11 stolen bases in 50 games…Member of Phillies 2008 World Championship team.
Jimmy Rollins stole 20 or more bases in 13 seasons and hit 20 or more home runs in four seasons. (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)
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Ninth year on the ballot…Played 22 seasons for Brewers, Padres, Marlins, Dodgers, Braves, Yankees, Tigers and Mets…Named to nine All-Star Games (1992-93, 1996, 1998-2000, 2003-05)…Won five Silver Slugger Awards: One as third baseman (1992) and four as outfielder (1996, 2003-05)…Finished in Top 10 of his league’s Most Valuable Player voting six times: 1992 (3rd), 1996 (6th), 2000 (9th), 2003 (3rd), 2004 (2nd), 2005 (8th)…Hit 20-or-more home runs in 14 seasons, including eight with 30-or-more and two (1996, 2000) with at least 40 home runs…Recorded at least 100 RBI in eight seasons (1992, 1996, 1999-2001, 2003-05), and scored 100-or-more runs in seven seasons (1996, 1999-2000, 2003-05, 2007)…Led league in batting average once (1992), total bases once (1992) and on-base percentage once (1996)…Posted a .300-or-better batting average in eight full seasons (1992, 1996, 1998-2003)…Ranks 21st all-time in walks (1,475), 26th in home runs (509), 30th in RBI (1,676) and 35th in total bases (4,737)…Appeared in nine Postseason series over six seasons with Marlins, Braves and Yankees, hitting .248 with six home runs, 19 RBI and 27 runs scored in 44 games…Member of 1997 World Series Champion Marlins.
Gary Sheffield recorded at least 100 RBI in eight seasons and scored 100-or-more runs in seven seasons. (Brad Mangin/National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)
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First year on the ballot…Pitched 13 seasons for Athletics, Rockies, Padres and Angels…Won 2005 American League Rookie of the Year Award after going 5-1 with 23 saves and 1.72 ERA for Oakland…Two-time All-Star (2012, 2014) who posted 20-or-more saves in nine seasons, including two seasons with 40-plus saves (2014-15)…Totaled 324 saves, 20th on the all-time list…One of only 11 pitchers in history with a winning percentage of at least .500, an ERA of less than 3.00 and 300 saves…Appeared in four Postseason series over three years, posting 0-3 record with 6.75 ERA and three saves in 10 games.
Sixth year on the ballot…Played 24 seasons with Mariners, Indians, Giants, Rangers, White Sox and Blue Jays…Three-time All-Star (1998-99, 2002)…11-time Gold Glove Award winner at shortstop (1993-2001, 2005-06), the second-most among all shortstops…In 2006 at 39 years old, became the oldest infielder to win a Gold Glove Award…Career leader in defensive games at shortstop with 2,709…Led his league in fielding percentage among shortstops six times (1992, 1998, 2000-01, 2005-06) and is the all-time leader in fielding percentage at the position with a mark of .9847…Shares record for fewest errors by a shortstop (three, tied with Cal Ripken Jr.) with at least 150 games played in one season…Reached the .300 batting mark in 1999 with career-best .333 average…Topped 100 runs scored mark twice (1999-2000) and stole 20-or-more bases in eight seasons (1995-2000, 2005-06)…Led his league in sacrifice hits four times (1997, 1999, 2004-05)…Led his league in double plays turned at shortstop once (1993) and putouts at shortstop once (1998)…Ranks first all-time in double plays turned at shortstop (1,734), first in career fielding percentage at shortstop (.985), third in career assists at shortstop (7,676) and 11th in career putouts at shortstop (4,102)…Ranks 13th all-time in games played (2,968), 17th in singles (2,264), 18th in at-bats (10,586), 44th in hits (2,877) and 72nd in stolen bases (404)…Appeared in 11 Postseason series over six seasons, batting .250 with 28 runs scored and 23 stolen bases in 57 games…Member of Indians’ 1995 and 1997 American League Championship teams…Won 1996 Hutch Award.
In 24 big league seasons, Omar Vizquel won 11 Gold Glove Awards at shortstop. (Rich Pilling/National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)
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Eighth year on the ballot…Pitched 16 seasons with Astros, Phillies, Mets, Red Sox and Braves…Finished Top 10 in NL Cy Young Award voting twice (1999-4th, 2006-6th)…Recorded 422 career saves, second-highest among left-handed relievers and sixth overall…Career walks-plus-hits-per-innings-pitched ratio (WHIP) of 0.998 is lowest among all retired relievers with at least 700 innings pitched…Career 2.31 ERA is lowest among retired left-handed pitchers with at least 500 innings pitched in live ball era…Seven-time All-Star (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007-08, 2010)…Won 1999 NL Rolaids Relief Award…Led NL in games finished twice (2003, 2005), and finished among league top five in saves four times (1999, 2003, 2006, 2010)…Set record (since surpassed) for highest single-season-strikeout-per-nine innings rate among relievers (14.95) in 1999…Recorded 12 seasons with 20-plus saves, nine seasons with 30-or-more and two with 40-or more (2003, 2006)…Finished no-hitter that included six Astros pitchers vs. Yankees on June 11, 2003… Appeared in eight Postseason series over seven seasons with Astros, Mets, Red Sox and Braves, posting 1-1 record with three saves and 10.03 ERA in 14 games.
Billy Wagner recorded 422 career saves, second-highest among left-handed relievers and sixth overall. (Michael Ponzini/National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)
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First year on the ballot…Pitched 12 seasons for Angels and Padres…Posted double-digit win totals in 10 seasons, including American League-leading 20 wins in 2012 and AL-best 18 wins in 2014…Finished fifth in AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2006 after going 11-2 with 2.56 ERA in 19 starts…Selected for three All-Star Games (2010-12) and received AL Cy Young Award votes in three seasons: 2010 (5th), 2011 (2nd) and 2012 (3rd)…Led AL in starts twice (2010, 2014), winning percentage once (2012), WHIP once (2012) and strikeouts once (2010)…Topped the 200-innings pitched mark four times (2009-11, 2014)…Appeared in five Postseason series over four seasons, posting 2-1 record with 2.60 ERA in seven appearances, including four starts.
First year on the ballot…Played 15 seasons with Blue Jays, Dodgers, Phillies and Nationals…Reached the 20-homer mark in six seasons (2008-11, 2013, 2016)…Hit .300-or-better in two full seasons (2012-13)…Named to National League All-Star team in 2009…Led NL in doubles (46) in 2010, the same year he finished eighth in NL Most Valuable Player Award voting…Reached 20-steal mark in two seasons (2008-09) and his career stolen base success rate of 85.16 ranks third all-time among players with at least 100 stolen base attempts…Led NL right fielders in fielding percentage in 2013 (.992) and NL left fielders in fielding percentage in 2016 (.995)…Appeared in 14 Postseason series over nine seasons, batting .251 with 15 homers and 30 RBI in 63 games…Hit .444 (8-for-18) in Phillies victory in 2008 World Series.
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