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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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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio

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The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up second base prospect Cavan Biggio to the majors for the very first time on Friday, according to ESPN.

Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has performed well for Triple A Buffalo this season, posting a .306/.440/.507 slash line.

Toronto selected Biggio, 24, in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Royals Assign Drew Storen To Double-A

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The Kansas City Royals have assigned former big-league reliever Drew Storen to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, according to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Paul Boyd.

Storen, who inked a minor league deal with the Royals back in February of this year, is attempting a comeback, as he hasn’t pitched in the majors since playing for the Cincinnati Reds back in 2017.

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Neil Ramirez Accepts Outright Assignment With Indians

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Cleveland Indians reliever Neil Ramirez will remain within the organization after clearing outright waivers and accepting an assignment to Triple-A, according to an official team announcement.

Ramirez landed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Indians this offseason, avoiding arbitration.

Ramirez, 29, has struggled during the 2019 season and maybe a stint in Triple A will help him work things out.

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