Earlier on Wednesday, the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Baseball Writers Association of America announced their ballot of 37 players competing for a spot in the 2013 Hall of Fame class. Among the candidates are eight former New York Yankees, three of which are appearing on the ballot for the first time. The 600-plus eligible voters have until December 31 to return their ballots.
The results will be announced on January 9, live on MLB Network. In order to gain election to the Hall, a player needs to secure 75 percent of the votes cast.
Former Yankees eligible:
Don Mattingly (13th year) – Donnie Baseball spent his entire 14 year career with the New York Yankees, a career which would have gone even longer had he not been forced into retirement with an injured back. Mattingly was a career .307 hitter who won the MVP award in 1985. Additionally, he was a six-time all-star and won nine gold gloves at first base. Mattingly won the batting title in 1984, and twice led the league in hits. The Yankees captain finished his career with 2,153 hits and 22 home runs.
Tim Raines (6th year) – Raines spent the majority of his career patrolling the outfield for the Montreal Expos and the Chicago White Sox before joining the Yankees for a three year stint where he saw limited action. Over 242 games in pinstripes, Raines hit .299 and was part of two World Series teams. Raines finished his career with 2,605 hits and 808 stolen bases. He was an all-star seven times.
Bernie Williams (2nd year) – Over sixteen seasons with the New York Yankees, Williams was an integral part of four World Championship teams. Williams won the American League batting title with a .339 average in 1998, and would go on to amass 2,336 career hits. A career .297 hitter, Williams retired with 287 home runs. The center fielder was a five-time all-star during his career. Williams also won four consecutive gold gloves (1997-2000) and won the silver slugger award in 2002.
Roger Clemens (1st year) – Marred by performance-enhancing drug accusations, Clemens’ once surefire enshrinement may be in jeopardy as he approaches his first year on the ballot. “The Rocket” spent six of his 24 major league seasons with the New York Yankees, and was part of two World Championship teams. Clemens recorded his 300th career victory and 4,000th career strikeout as a member of the Yankees. He finished his career with 354 wins and 4,672 strikeouts.
Mike Stanton (1st year) – Stanton spent seven of his 19 major league seasons in New York, setting up for all-star closer Mariano Rivera. He was effective in his role with the Yankees, making the all-star game in 2001. However, with so few relief pitchers in the Hall of Fame, it stands to reason that Stanton’s appearance on the ballot may be limited to just one year.
David Wells (1st year) – The man known as “Boomer” spent two separate two-year stints in pinstripes, winning a World Championship in 1998. Wells is best known for tossing a perfect game as a member of the Yankees on May 17, 1998. His 21-year career ended with 239 victories and three all-star game appearances.
Kenny Lofton (1st year) – Lofton spent the 2004 season in pinstripes, appearing in just 83 games. The former speedster had batted .275 that season. Lofton recorded 2,428 hits over his 17-year career and stole 622 bases. He would lead the league in steals for five straight seasons from 1992 to 1996. Lofton appeared in six all-star games and won a gold glove four times.
Rondell White (1st year) – White played just one season in New York, appearing in 129 games in 2002. He hit .240 with 14 home runs that year as he played semi-regularly in left field. A career .284 hitter, White had 198 home runs over his 15 year major league career. He appeared in just one all-star game.
The full list of nominees can be found on the Hall of Fame’s website.
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