NEW YORK – David Ortiz, Ryan Howard, Tim Lincecum and Alex Rodriguez are among 13 candidates whose names first appear in the Baseball Columnists Association of America (BBWAA) Hall of Fame poll, joining the other 17 already on the list .
Stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, whose careers have been plagued by the steroid scandal, get their 10th and final appearance on the ballot with Curt Schilling, and run out of 16 votes for the 75% needed in the ballot box last year. Schilling accounted for 71.1% of the ballot papers, Bonds 61.8% and Clemens 61.6%.
Justin Morneau, Jimmy Rollins and Jake Peavy are also among the newcomers in the newsletter along with Carl Crawford, Prince Fielder, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Papelbon, AJ Pierzynski and Mark Teixeira.
Other nominees include Bobby Abreu, Mark Buehrle, Todd Helton, Tim Hudson, Torii Hunter, Andruw Jones, Jeff Kent, Andy Pettitte, Manny Ramirez, Gary Sheffield, Sammy Sosa, Omar Vizquel and Billy Wagner.
Sosa also appears on the ballot paper for the last time after receiving 17% last year.
BBWAA members with at least 10 consecutive years of membership are eligible to vote. Ballot papers must be sent by 31 December and the results will be announced on 25 January.
All selected players will be inducted into the Cooperstown Hall of Fame on July 24.
Clemens denied using doping to improve performance and Bonds deliberately denied using steroids. Bonds was also charged with domestic violence and Clemens for having a 10-year romantic relationship with a singer who was 15 when they met.
Rodriguez was suspended during the 2014 season for violating anti-doping policies and the Major Baseball collective agreement, and Ortiz’s name was reportedly on a list of players who tested positive during a 2003 investigation.