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2018 Hall Of Fame Ballot Features 19 First-Timers Among 33 Names

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The 2018 Major League Baseball Hall of Fame ballot was released Monday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

This/next year’s ballot features 33 total players, 19 of whom are on it for the first time.

Among the big names in their first year of eligibility include Andruw Jones, Chipper Jones, Jamie Moyer, Johan Santana, Jim Thome, and Omar Vizquel.

Chipper Jones is probably the biggest first-timer, and viewed by many to be a lock to get in in his first year. The 19-year Atlanta Brave was a .303/.401/.529 hitter with 468 home runs, 1,623 RBIs, and eight All-Star selections. Regarded as one of the best switch-hitters of all-time if not the best, Jones had more walks (1,512) than strikeouts (1,409) during his incredible run with the Braves, who retired his number #10 in 2013.

Jim Thome played 22 seasons for six teams, and hit 612 home runs which is eighth on the all-time list. He was a five-time All-Star, and was known for his community involvement, winning a Roberto Clemente Award and two Marvin Miller Man of the Year Awards. Thome has also strongly denied ever taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Omar Vizquel played 24 seasons for six teams in the bigs, compiling 2,877 hits and 11 Gold Glove Awards (nine came consecutively from 1993-2001). He turned 1,734 double plays in his career, the most ever by a shortstop- 144 more than the great Ozzie Smith.

Returning names on this year’s ballot include Barry Bonds (sixth time), Roger Clemens (sixth), Vladimir Guerrero (second), Trevor Hoffman (third), Edgar Martinez (ninth), and Curt Schilling (sixth). Guerrero (71.7%) and Hdoffman (74%) fell just short last year of getting the required 75% of the votes.

A complete list of this year’s first-timers as well as the complete ballot can be viewed on Sports Illustrated. MLB.com also has you covered with some thorough credentials for various players on this year’s ballot.

Voters have until December 31 to submit their ballot. The results will be announced on January 24 on MLB Network, and the induction ceremony will take place on Sunday, July 29, in Cooperstown, New York.

Good luck to all on the ballot and may the odds be ever in their favor!

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Tigers to Sign Hector Sanchez

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The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms on a minor-league contract with catcher Hector Sanchez, according to Venezuelan journalist Ignacio Serrano.

The deal includes an invitation to Spring Training.

Sanchez, 29, was released by the San Francisco Giants shortly after the start of the 2018 season, and owns a career .238/.273/.367 batting line.

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Yankees to Sign Danny Farquhar

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The New York Yankees are signing right handed pitches Danny Farquhar to a minor-league deal, according to FanCred’s Jon Heyman.

According to MLB’com’s Mark Feinsand, the 31-year old Farquhar will receive an invitation to camp with the Yankees.

Farquhar spent the 2018 season with the Chicago White Sox, pitching to the tune of a 5.63 ERA of 8 innings pitched.

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Mariners Designate Kaleb Cowart for Assignment

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The Seattle Mariners have designated infielder Kaleb Coward for assignment, creating a needed roster space for the acquisition of Shed Long from the New York Yankees, the team officially announced.

Seattle claimed Cowart back in December, stating that he would come to camp not only as an infielder, but as a pitcher as well, and while he could still come to Mariners’ camp, he will need to clear waivers first.

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