Former Cleveland Indians SS Omar Vizquel makes Hall of Fame ballot for 3rd time

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CLEVELAND (WJW) — Former Cleveland Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the third time.

4 Mar 1999: Infielder Omar Vizquel #13 of the Cleveland Indians poses for a studio portrait on Photo Day during Spring Training at the Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Laforet /Allsport

Vizquel gained some momentum last year and is hoping to bump up the votes this year.

Vizquel played 24 seasons at shortstop, 11 of which were with the Indians. He also played for  the Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays.

He won 11 Gold Glove awards and finished his career with a .272 batting average and 2,877 hits.

The Indians shared a video of Vizquel on Twitter Monday asking fans to encourage their favorite baseball writers to vote for him this year.

18 newcomers were added to the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot, including Derek Jeter. He is likely to be an overwhelming choice to join former New York Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera in Cooperstown after the reliever last year became the first unanimous pick by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

A 14-time All-Star shortstop and five-time World Series champion, Jeter hit .310 with 3,465 hits in 20 seasons and was the 1996 AL Rookie of the Year. He has been CEO of the Miami Marlins the past two seasons.

Other newcomers announced Monday by the BBWAA include former Cleveland Indian Cliff Lee, Josh Beckett, Jason Giambi, Paul Konerko, Rafael Furcal, Bobby Abreu and Alfonso Soriano.

Holdovers include Curt Schilling, who received 60.9% last year, Roger Clemens (59.5%), Barry Bonds (59.1%) and Larry Walker (54.6%). Schilling rose from 51.2% in 2018. Walker, on the ballot for their 10th and final time this year, increased from 34.1% in 2018.

Bonds and Clemens, whose candidacies have been tainted by allegations of steroids use, are both on for the eighth time. Clemens rose from 57.3% in 2018 and Bonds from 56.4%.

Ballots are sent to more than 400 BBWAA members with at least 10 consecutive years in the organization, and a player must appear on at least 75 percent to gain election. Ballots must be mailed by Dec. 31, and results will be announced Jan. 21.

Anyone elected will be inducted July 26 along with any selections by the Hall's modern era committee, which meets and votes at San Diego on Dec. 8.

Players remain on the ballot for up to 10 years, provided they receive at least 5 percent of the vote annually.

Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina were elected along with Rivera in the 2019 BBWAA vote.

The ballot: Bobby Abreu, Josh Beckett, Heath Bell, Barry Bonds, Eric Chávez, Roger Clemens, Adam Dunn, Chone Figgins, Rafael Furcal, Jason Giambi, Todd Helton, Raúl Ibañez, Derek Jeter, Andruw Jones, Jeff Kent, Paul Konerko, Cliff Lee, Carlos Peña, Brad Penny, Andy Pettitte, J.J. Putz, Manny Ramírez, Brian Roberts, Scott Rolen, Curt Schilling, Gary Sheffield, Alfonso Soriano, Sammy Sosa, José Valverde, Omar Vizquel, Billy Wagner, Larry Walker

Players must appear on at least 75% of submitted ballots to qualify for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is scheduled for July 26, 2020.

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