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MLB Hall of Fame Candidates Include Pitchers Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz

By    |   Monday, 24 Nov 2014 08:45 PM

Major League Baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot was announced Monday and features 17 first-time candidates, among them Cy Young award winners Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz.

Craig Biggio, who fell two votes short of the 75 percent needed in 2014, adorns the ballot for the third time, as well as fellow returnees Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, and Tim Raines, who should also receive additional support.

Controversial superstars Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Roger Clemens, who have all been linked to performance-enhancing drugs, are also Hall of Fame candidates.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America revealed the 34-name ballot Monday. The roughly 600 writers who have been members of the BBWAA for 10 straight years are eligible to vote.

The voting results will be announced Jan. 6 and the winners will be enshrined in Cooperstown on July 26, 2015.

Johnson went 303-166 during a 22-year career, pitching through his 45th birthday. He won five Cy Young Awards — four with the Arizona Diamondbacks — and struck out 4,875 batters, second to Nolan Ryan's 5,714.

Martinez earned three Cy Youngs himself, one with the Montreal Expos and two with the Boston Red Sox. He posted a career record of 219-100, and led the majors in earned run average five times.

Smoltz is the only pitcher in MLB history to pass 200 wins and 150 saves. He went 213-155 while pitching all but one of his 21 seasons with the Atlanta Braves. During his heyday, he combined with Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine to form one of the most dominating rotations in baseball. Maddux and Glavine were inducted last year, along with former Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas.

Current Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is making his 15th and final appearance on the ballot, after receiving 8 percent of the vote in 2014.

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Major League Baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot was announced Monday and features 17 first-time candidates, among them Cy Young award winners Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz.
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