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Baseball Hall of Fame announces 2019 ballot

20 newcomers, including Yankees great Mariano Rivera, and 35 total players make up the 2019 National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.

Posted: Nov 19, 2018 10:01 PM

Cooperstown, N.Y. - New York Yankees greats Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, along with the late Blue Jays & Phillies great Roy Halladay highlight the 20 newcomers on the 2019 National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, released Monday.

Rivera, the MLB all-time saves leader, is expected by many to be a first-ballot hall of famer. The ballot is being mailed to more than 400 voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), with players needing at least 75% of the vote in order to be enshrined in the hallowed halls.

The full list of first-ballot players includes:

Mariano Rivera
Andy Pettitte
Roy Halladay
Todd Helton
Michael Young
Miguel Tejada
Plácido Polanco
Juan Pierre
Freddy Garcia
Jon Garland
Ted Lilly
Derek Lowe
Darren Oliver
Roy Oswalt
Jason Bay
Lance Berkman
Vernon Wells
Kevin Youkilis
Travis Hafner
Rick Ankiel

Filling out the rest of the ballot, which totals 35, are players that have appeared at least twice:

Barry Bonds (7th year, 56.4% in 2018)
Roger Clemens (7th year, 57.3%)
Andruw Jones (2nd year, 7.3%)
Jeff Kent (6th year, 14.5%)
Edgar Martinez (10th year, 70.4%)
Fred McGriff (10th year, 23.2%)
Mike Mussina (6th year, 63.5%)
Manny Ramirez (3rd year, 22%)
Scott Rolen (2nd year, 10.2%)
Curt Schilling (6th year, 51.2%)
Gary Sheffield (5th year, 11.1%)
Sammy Sosa (7th year, 7.8%)
Omar Vizquel (2nd year, 37.1%)
Billy Wagner (4th year, 11.1%)
Larry Walker (9th year, 34.1%)

Writers must submit their ballots by a December 31 postmark, and results of the vote will be revealed on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 6 p.m. on MLB Network.

The 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, July 21, in Cooperstown.

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