Bloom: Big Unit, Pedro, Smoltz headline 2015 Hall of Fame ballot

From SABR member Barry M. Bloom at on November 24, 2014:

For a second consecutive year, the National Baseball Hall of Fame player ballot, revealed today in conjunction with the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, boasts an embarrassment of riches, this time for the prospective Class of 2015.

The newcomers on the ballot include these stellar pitchers: 303-game winner Randy Johnson; John Smoltz, the right-hander who had 213 wins and 154 saves in 21 seasons; and Pedro Martinez, whose .687 career winning percentage is sixth-best in Major League history and is by far the tops of his era. Gary Sheffield, who hit 509 home runs and drove in 100 or more runs nine times, and six-time All-Star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra are also new.

Add Craig Biggio, the multi-positioned star who had 3,060 hits in 20 seasons — all played with the Astros — and the chance for another impressive induction class next July 26 on the lawn behind the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, N.Y., is complete.

The results of the writers’ vote will be revealed Jan. 6 on MLB Network and

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Originally published: November 24, 2014. Last Updated: November 24, 2014.