Seven former New York Yankees are among the 34 players on the 2017 ballot for induction in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America released the official ballot for the 2017 Hall of Fame voting on Monday. 19 new players are eligible for induction this year, including two notable former Yankees, while 15 holdovers from last year’s ballot are up for consideration once again.
Probably the biggest news for Yankees fans is the first member of the beloved Core Four, catcher Jorge Posada, is eligible for the Hall. The other ex-Yankee who is new to the ballot is also one of the greatest catchers of his generation, Ivan Rodriguez. It’s easy to forget Pudge’s brief half-season stint in pinstripes in 2008, as he hit just .219/.257/.323 in 101 plate appearances as a 36-year-old before moving on.
Five more players who suited up for the Bombers in their career received enough support in 2016 to remain on the ballot: Tim Raines, Roger Clemens, Mike Mussina, Lee Smith, and Gary Sheffield. A player needs to garner at least 5% of the vote to hang on each year and 75% to be inducted.
The only player from this group who came close to the 75% mark in the last round of voting was Raines, but he’s in his last year of eligibility in 2017, so this is make or break for him. Jeff Bagwell and Trevor Hoffman also came within 10% points of being elected last year, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see all three of those guys get in.
The most notable non-Yankees to join the ballot in 2017 are Vladimir Guerrero, Manny Ramirez, and Edgar Renteria. Ramirez would be a lock if it weren’t for his two PED suspensions, Guerrero is a borderline case, and Renteria, while underrated, probably won’t last long on the ballot.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the Hall cases of the eligible former Yankees and assess their chances of making it in over the next few years.