Beltrán, Lackey lead 14 entrants on the Baseball Hall ballot

NEW YORK — Carlos Beltran, John Lackey and Jered Weaver are among 14 entrants to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s Hall of Fame ballot in what could culminate in an evaluation of the Houston Astros cheating scandal.

RA Dickey, Huston Street, Francisco Rodriguez, Bronson Arroyo and Matt Cain are also new to the ballot, along with Jacoby Ellsbury, Jayson Werth, Mike Napoli, JJ Hardy, Jhonny Peralta and Andre Ethier, the Hall and the BBWAA said Monday.

Remnants include Scott Rolen, Todd Helton and Billy Wagner. Rolen received 249 of 394 votes (63.2%) last year, when David Ortiz was elected with 307 votes (77.9%), 11 more than the required 75%. Helton was on 205 ballots (52%) and Wagner 201 (51%).

Voters denied several stars contaminated with steroids and scandals.

Barry Bonds (260 votes, 66%), Roger Clemens (257, 65.2%) and Curt Schilling (231, 58.6%) were dropped after their 10th appearances on the ballot last year and are among eight players who will appear on the ballot of the Hall’s contemporary baseball era committee, which meets in San Diego on December 4 ahead of baseball’s winter meetings.

Other holdovers on the BBWAA ballot include Andruw Jones (163 votes last year, 41.1%), Gary Sheffield (160, 40.6%), Alex Rodriguez (135, 34.3%), Jeff Kent (129, 32 .7%), Manny Ramirez (114, 28.9%), Omar Vizquel (94, 23.9%), Andy Pettitte (42, 10.7%), Jimmy Rollins (37, 9.4%), Bobby Abreu (34, 8.6%), Mark Buehrle (23, 5.8%) and Torii Jager (21, 5.3%).

Kent, who received his highest percentage last year, will appear on the BBWAA ballot for the 10th and final time.

BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years of membership are eligible to vote. Ballots must be postmarked by December 31 and the results will be announced on January 24.

All players chosen will be inducted into the Hall in Cooperstown on July 23, along with everyone chosen by the Committee for the Contemporary Era of Baseball.

A nine-time All-Star, Beltran had a .279 batting average, 435 home runs, 1,587 RBIs and 312 stolen bases for Kansas City, Houston, the New York Mets, San Francisco, St. Louis, the Yankees and Texas. He was hired as Mets manager on November 1, 2019, and was subsequently fired on January 16 without officiating a game, three days after becoming the only Astros player to be named in a Major League Baseball report on the unauthorized use of the team. from electronics to stealing signs during Houston’s run-up to the 2017 World Series.

Alex Rodriguez, a three-time MVP and 14-time All-Star who hit 696 home runs, was suspended for the 2014 season for violating the MLB drug policy and collective bargaining agreement, and Ortiz’s name allegedly appeared on a list of players . who tested positive in the 2003 survey test.

Lackey won Game 7 of the 2002 World Series for the Anaheim Angels as a rookie, then added World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox in 2013 and the Chicago Cubs in 2016. He was 188-147 with a 3.92 ERA in 15 seasons and 8-6 with a 3.44 ERA in the postseason.

Weaver, a three-time All-Star, was 150-98 with a 3.63 ERA.

Beltrán, Lackey lead 14 entrants on the Baseball Hall ballot that originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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