Six Cape League grads on 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

By: Joe Sherman
Craig Biggio, a seven-time MLB All-Star and former Y-D Red Sox star /Wikipedia photo
11/30/2013 2:21 PM -
     Only two former Cape Cod Baseball League players can be found in the hallowed halls of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., but on Jan. 8, 2014, that number could change dramatically.
 
     The 2014 ballot, mailed out Nov. 26 to the more than 600 voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, includes the names of six players with Cape League backgrounds, all hoping to join Carlton Fisk (Orleans, 1966) and Harold “Pie” Traynor (Falmouth, 1919) as baseball immortals.
 
     Last year, for the first time since 1996, not one of the 17 candidates received enough votes to gain election.
 
     Coming closest was former Houston Astro Craig Biggio (Yarmouth-Dennis, 1986), who received 388 votes, 39 shy of the 427 required for election. His total translated to 68.2 percent of the electorate, which consists of BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive seasons of Major League Baseball coverage. Players must be named on 75 percent of the ballots cast in order to gain election.
 
     Biggio, a seven-time MLB All-Star who totaled 3,060 career hits while playing three positions (catcher, second base, outfield), will get another crack at the big prize as he and the other 16 players who fell short a year ago join 19 first-time candidates on the 2014 ballot.
 
     The newcomers include Biggio's teammate and fellow Astro “Killer Bee” Jeff Bagwell (Chatham, 1987/88), slugging first baseman Frank Thomas (Orleans, 1988) and the most prolific home run-hitting second baseman of all time, Jeff Kent (Cotuit, 1988), as well as Sean Casey (Brewster, 1994) and J.T. Snow (Orleans, 1988).
 
     Thomas, already a Cape League Hall of Famer (inaugural class of 2000), won consecutive American League Most Valuable Player awards with the Chicago White Sox in 1993-94 and placed in the top three in the MVP voting five times overall. He finished his 19-year playing career with 2,468 hits, including 521 home runs.
 
     Casey, a three-time National League All-Star who ended his 12-year big league career with the 2008 Boston Red Sox, is also a Cape League Hall of Famer (class of 2003).
 
     Participating baseball writers must return their ballots by Dec. 31. Results will be announced at 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, on MLB Network and on the websites of the Hall of Fame and the BBWAA.
 

     Here, listed alphabetically, is the complete list of 2014 Hall of Fame candidates: Moises Alou, Jeff Bagwell, Armando Benitez, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Sean Casey, Roger Clemens, Ray Durham, Eric Cagne, Tom Glavine, Luis Gonzales, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Jeff Kent, Paul Lo Duca, Greg Maddux, Edgar Martinez, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Rafael Palmeiro, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Kenny Rogers, Curt Schilling, Richie Sexson, Lee Smith, J.T. Snow, Sammy Sosa, Frank Thomas, Mike Timlin, Alan Trammell and Larry Walker. 


Search Archive »

RSS

Browse by Year »
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
0

Browse by Month »
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
December 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
August 2003
July 2003
August 2002
July 2002
June 2002
August 2001
July 2001
June 2001
November 2000
August 2000
July 2000
June 2000