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USA: Trio of MVPs Headline Hall of Fame Ballot

UNITED STATES – A trio of former Most Valuable Players headline the 19 new candidates on the 2011 Hall of Fame ballot mailed recently to nearly 600 voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Writers with at least 10 consecutive years of experience comprise the electorate and the results will be announced on January 5.

Juan Gonzalez, who captured a pair of American League MVP Awards (1996, 1998) with the Texas Rangers, joins former National League MVP winners Jeff Bagwell (1994) and Larry Walker (1997) as prominent newcomers on the ballot. Other notable first-time nominees includes Rafael Palmeiro, who tallied 569 home runs and 3,020 hits in a 20-year career, along with two former Rookie of the Year Award winners, Benito Santiago and Raul Mondesi.

Other players on the ballot for the first time are catcher Charles Johnson; utility player B.J. Surhoff; first basemen Tino Martinez and John Olerud; second basemen Carlos Baerga and Bret Boone; outfielders Bobby Higginson and Marquis Grissom; pitchers Kevin Brown, John Franco, Al Leiter and Kirk Rueter.

Pitcher Bert Blyleven and second baseman Roberto Alomar lead a group of 14 holdovers from last year’s ballot seeking to gain entry into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The duo failed to gain election by fewer than 10 votes in 2010.

Other former big leaguers returning to the ballot are first basemen Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff and Mark McGwire; shortstop Alan Trammell; third baseman/designated hitter Edgar Martinez, outfielders Dale Murphy, Dave Parker and Tim Raines; outfielder/designated hitter Harold Baines and relief pitcher Lee Smith.

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Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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    2 Responses to “USA: Trio of MVPs Headline Hall of Fame Ballot”

    1. Valentino Martinez says:

      Tino Martinez belongs in the MLB Hall of Fame because he’s earned it.

      To those who say Tino Martinez doesn’t have the stats in terms of the quantity of output need to consider the QUALITY of his stats. Tino Martinez was a key contributor to four NY Yankee World Series championship teams and his clutch hitting (hit HR bottom of the 9th w/two out vs. Arizona in) and fielding positioned the team to survive elimination and go on and win the game…and later was a key team player in nearly winning a fifth World Series title w/NY Yankees.

      Tino Martinez won a silver slugger and home run derby awards; was second on an AL MVP ballot; and as a leader and role model on and off the field how many in the Hall of Fame can say they hit a Grand Slam in a World Series that essentially proved to be the winning difference? And not that pre-MLB achievements count, but who else in the MLB Hall of Fame can also display their hard earned prestigious baseball Olympic Gold Medal—and not as established Pro but as an amateur athlete?

      Tino Martinez is among a handful of MLB players of his generation who actually has the proof of high achievement—the rings, medals, and trophies. People who live by statistics need to also look at RESULTS. More importantly, Tino Martinez earned the respect and recognition from peers, managers and fans alike for OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE ON THE FIELD OF COMPETITION. Few opposing players receive standing ovations from NY Yankee fans when they return to play on the field that made them memorable. I’m all for Tino Martinez’s induction into the MLB Hall of Fame because he has earned it. How many MLB players would trade their outstanding statistics for one World Series ring? All of them. How many World Series rings does Tino have? FOUR! It’s about time to reward a true team player. LET TINO IN. BOOM!

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