Career saves leader Mariano Rivera and the late Roy Halladay are the new marquee names on the Hall of Fame Ballot for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, ESPN reported Monday.
Pitcher Andy Pettitte and infielders Todd Helton, Michael Young and Miguel Tejada are among the 20 newcomers on the ballot. There are 15 holdovers from last year’s ballot, including Edgar Martinez, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Curt Schilling and Mike Mussina, ESPN reported.
During his 19-year career with the New York Yankees, Rivera had 652 regular-season saves and 42 in the postseason, according to Baseball-Reference.com. He led New York to five World Series titles and went 8-1 with an 0.70 ERA in the postseason.
Halladay threw two no-hitters and won Cy Young Awards in each league, earning the honor with Toronto in 2003 and Philadelphia in 2010. He was 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA and pitched a perfect game against the Florida Marlins in 2010, according to Baseball-Reference.com. Later that fall, Halladay pitched a no-hitter against Cincinnati in the opener of the National League Championship Series making him the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the postseason. Don Larsen threw a no-hitter for the Yankees in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.
Halladay died piloting a plane off Florida’s Gulf coast on Nov, 7, 2017.
More than 400 ballots are being sent to eligible voters from the BBWAA, ESPN reported. A player must receive at least 75 percent for election to the Hall of Fame. Ballots are due Dec. 31, and results will be announced Jan. 22.
Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero and Jim Thome were elected in 2017.