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



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. 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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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy



New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.

Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado



Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson



The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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