Former Angels Gold Glover Torii Hunter among those to debut on Hall of Fame ballot – Press Enterprise
Perennial Gold Glove outfielder Torii Hunter can add another accomplishment to his resume.
Hunter is among 11 players to make their debut on the Hall of Fame ballot, which was sent to voters on Monday.
A nine-time Gold Glove winner and five-time All-Star, Hunter achieved each of those twice during his five years with the Angels, from 2008 to 2012. Hunter played the bulk of his career with the Minnesota Twins, and would likely be inducted representing the Twins if he did get elected.
Hunter is the most accomplished former Angels player on the ballot, but three others had at least brief stints with the Angels: Dan Haren, LaTroy Hawkins and Shane Victorino.
It is likely that none of this year’s first-timers will be elected, but Mark Buehrle, Tim Hudson and Hunter are the three most likely to collect some votes.
A.J. Burnett, Michael Cuddyer, Aramis Ramirez, Nick Swisher and Barry Zito are also making their debut on the ballot this year.
A screening committee determines which players are added to the Hall of Fame ballot each year. A player must have played at least 10 years in the majors, and played his final game at least five seasons ago, in order to eligible for consideration.
Voters must cast their ballots by Dec. 31, and the results will be announced on Jan. 26. Writers who have been active members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for at least 10 consecutive years are eligible to vote. Last year there were 397 ballots cast, and Derek Jeter and Larry Walker received the 75 percent of votes necessary for election.
Curt Schilling (70 percent), Roger Clemens (61 percent), Barry Bonds (61 percent) and Omar Vizquel (53 percent) are the only returning candidates who received at least 50 percent of the vote last year.