11/30/2002 5:14 pm ET
Murray tops new Hall of Fame ballot
NEW YORK -- Eddie Murray, Lee Smith, Ryne Sandberg and Fernando Valenzuela are among 17 players on baseball's Hall of Fame ballot for the first
time this year.
Darryl Kile, who died during the 2002 season, is also on the ballot. The
rule that requires players to be retired for five seasons before appearing on
the ballot was waived.
Gary Carter, who missed election by 11 votes last year, is among 16
holdovers on the ballot released Saturday by the BBWAA.
Pitcher Jim Kaat is on the ballot for the final time. Players can remain on
the ballot for up to 15 years as long as they are on at least 5 percent of the
ballots each year.
To be elected, a player must appear on at least 75 percent of the ballots,
which are cast by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America who
have been a part of the organization for 10 or more years. Voting ends Dec. 31,
and the results will be announced Jan. 7.
St. Louis shortstop Ozzie Smith was the only player inducted into the Hall
of Fame in 2002, becoming the 37th player picked in his first year of
Smith was selected on 433 of 472 ballots (91.7 percent), and Carter got 343
votes (72.7 percent). Carter was at 33.8 percent in 1999, 49.7 percent in 2000,
and 64.9 percent in 2001.
Murray, an eight-time All-Star, had 504 homers and 3,255 hits in 21 seasons.
The first baseman became the only switch-hitter to reach 500 homers and 3,000
Smith had a record 478 saves in 18 seasons. Sandberg, a 10-time All-Star and
the 1984 NL MVP, had a .285 career average with 282 homers. He won nine Gold
Gloves at second base.
Valenzuela, the NL Cy Young Award and Rookie of the Year winner in 1981, was
173-153 with a 3.54 ERA and 2,074 strikeouts in 17 seasons.
Mark Davis, the 1989 NL Cy Young winner, also is on the ballot for the first
time. He had a 51-84 record, 96 saves and a 4.17 ERA.
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|Hall of Fame eligibles
Brett Butler - x
Vince Coleman - x
Darren Daulton - x
Mark Davis - x
Sid Fernandez - x
Rick Honeycutt - x
Danny Jackson - x
Darryl Kile - x
Eddie Murray - x
Tony Pena - x
Ryne Sandberg - x
Lee Smith - x
Danny Tartabull - x
Mickey Tettleton - x
Fernando Valenzuela - x
Mitch Williams - x
Todd Worrell - x
x - first time eligible