Adrian Beltre, Joe Mauer, Chase Utley, David Wright, Jose Bautista and Matt Holliday are among 12 new candidates on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot released Monday.
Todd Helton, who fell 11 votes short this year in ballots cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, and Billy Wagner, who was 27 shy, are among 14 holdovers.
Bartolo Colon, Adrian Gonzalez, Victor Martinez, Brandon Phillips, Jose Reyes and James Shields also are making their first appearances on the ballot.
When Scott Rolen was elected this year, Helton got 72.2 per cent of the vote and Wagner 68.1 per cent. Hopefuls need 75 per cent of votes to get in.
Other holdovers include steroids-tainted Alex Rodriguez (139 votes, 35.7 per cent) along with Andruw Jones (226, 58.1 per cent), Carlos Beltran (181, 46.5 per cent), Andy Pettitte (66, 17 per cent), Jimmy Rollins (50, 12.9 per cent), and Francisco Rodriguez (42, 10.8 per cent).
Gary Sheffield will be making his 10th and final BBWAA ballot appearance.
BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years of membership are eligible to vote. Ballots must be postmarked by Dec. 31 and results will be announced Jan. 23. Anyone elected will be inducted on July 21 along with anyone chosen Dec. 3 by the hall’s contemporary era committee for managers, executives and umpires.
Beltre, a four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove third baseman, hit .286 with 477 homers and 1,707 RBIs for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1998-2004), Seattle Mariners (2005-09), Boston Red Sox (2010) and Texas Rangers (2011-18). His 2,759 games at third base are second to Brooks Robinson’s 2,870 and his 636 doubles are 11th on the career list.
Mauer, a six-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner and the 2009 AL MVP, is the only catcher to win three batting titles. He batted .306 with 143 homers and 906 RBIs with the Minnesota Twins from 2004-18.
Utley was a six-time All-Star second baseman who hit .275 with 259 homers and 1,025 RBIs for the Philadelphia Phillies (2003-15) and the Dodgers (2015-19). His five home runs in the 2009 World Series are tied for the record with Reggie Jackson (1977) and George Springer (2017).
Wright, a seven-time All-Star, hit .296 with 242 homers, 970 RBIs and 196 stolen bases from the New York Mets from 2004-18, his career cut short by neck, back and shoulder injuries that required surgery.
Bautista, an All-Star outfielder in six consecutive seasons from 2010-15, batted .247 with 344 homers and 975 RBIs for the Baltimore Orioles (2004), Tampa Bay Rays (2004), Kansas City Royals (2004), Pittsburgh Pirates (2004-08), Toronto Blue Jays (2008-17), Atlanta Braves (2018), the Mets (2018) and Phillies (2018).
Holliday was a seven-time All-Star outfielder who won the 2007 NL batting title. He hit .299 with 316 homers and 1,220 RBIs for the Colorado Rockies (2004-08, 2018), Oakland A’s (2009), St. Louis Cardinals (2009-16) and the New York Yankees (2017).
Jim Leyland, Lou Piniella, former Jays manager Cito Gaston and Davey Johnson are among eight men on the committee ballot along with umpires Joe West and Ed Montague, former National League president Bill White and former general manager Hank Peters.