Also making his first appearance on the ballot is 2000 NL MVP Jeff Kent, whose 17-year career included stints with the Mets, Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros. He hit 377 home runs, 351 coming as a second baseman, which is a major-league record. Kent appeared in five All-Star games and had at least 20 homers and 100 RBIs in eight seasons, the lone second baseman in MLB history to accomplish that feat.
Of the 17 holdovers on the ballot, Craig Biggio, Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza and Tim Raines appear to have the best shots at earning election.
Biggio compiled 3,060 hits and played in seven All-Star games. Last year, he appeared on 68.2 percent of the ballots, topping the list. Morris, on the ballot for the 15th and final time, garnered 67.7 percent last season. He was followed by Bagwell (59.6 percent), Piazza (57.8) and Raines (52.2).
The following is the complete ballot:
Moises Alou, Jeff Bagwell, Armando Benitez, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Sean Casey, Roger Clemens, Ray Durham, Eric Gagne, Tom Glavine, Luis Gonzalez, 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.