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:
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.