Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot Features Five Phillies Alumni
Phillies legends have been named to the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time
Six former Phillies have been listed on this years Hall of Fame ballot, including a handful of first time eligible players. Pat Burrell, Matt Stairs, Arthur Rhodes, Billy Wagner, Curt Schilling, and the infamous J.D. Drew will be on the ballot this winter for enshrinement.
It will be unlikely for any of those players to reach the Hall, if not this year, than ever. The most likely would be Curt Schilling, but he has fallen out of public favor over recent years.
Burrell slugged 292 home runs in his career, but it will not be enough to push him into Cooperstown.
Wagner has a legitimate chance with 422 saves, sixth most in baseball history. However, Trevor Hoffman will cutdown on the hype surrounded by Wagner on his first year on the ballot.
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Drew was drafted with the second-overall pick by the Phillies, but refused to sign with the team. Fans expressed their frustration with him by throwing batteries whenever he would come to Philadelphia.
Stairs, who was recently named the Phillies hitting coach, has the second-most home runs by a Canadian, and is in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
Here is the full ballot, featuring many intriguing first-time names:
Jeff Bagwell, Casey Blake, Barry Bonds, Pat Burrell, Orlando Cabrera, Mike Cameron, Roger Clemens, J.D. Drew, Carlos Guillen, Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Jeff Kent, Derrek Lee, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Melvin Mora, Mike Mussina, Magglio Ordonez, Jorge Posada, Tim Raines, Manny Ramirez, Edgar Renteria, Arthur Rhodes, Ivan Rodriguez, Freddy Sanchez, Curt Schilling, Gary Sheffield, Lee Smith, Sammy Sosa, Matt Stairs, Jason Varitek, Billy Wagner, Tim Wakefield, Larry Walker.