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Familiar faces appear on strong HoF Ballot

The Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot was announced Tuesday and many faces familiar to Mets and Yankees fans appear on this year's list.  This year's ballot is being regarded as one of the strongest in history.  Several worthy candidates make their first appearance, while many player are held over from last year's "steroid ballot."

Here is the full list of players available with number of years of eligibility and previous percentage of votes:

Moises Alou, 1st year on ballot
Jeff Bagwell, 4th, 59.6%
Armando Benitez, 1st
Craig Biggio, 2nd, 68.2%
Barry Bonds, 2nd, 36.2%
Sean Casey, 1st
Roger Clemens, 2nd, 37.6%
Ray Durham, 1st
Eric Gagne, 1st
Tom Glavine, 1st
Luis Gonzalez, 1st
Jacque Jones, 1st
Todd Jones, 1st
Jeff Kent, 1st
Paul Lo Duca, 1st
Greg Maddux, 1st
Edgar Martinez, 5th, 35.9%
Don Mattingly, 14th, 13.2%
Fred McGriff, 5th, 20.7%
Mark McGwire, 8th, 16.9%
Jack Morris, 15th, 67.7%
Mike Mussina, 1st
Hideo Nomo, 1st
Rafael Palmeiro, 4th, 8.8%
Mike Piazza, 2nd, 57.8%
Tim Raines, 7th, 52.2%
Kenny Rogers, 1st
Curt Schilling, 2nd, 38.8%
Richie Sexson, 1st
Lee Smith, 12th, 47.8%
J.T. Snow, 1st
Sammy Sosa, 2nd, 12.5%
Frank Thomas, 1st
Mike Timlin, 1st
Alan Trammell, 13th, 33.6%
Larry Walker, 4th, 21.6%

To earn enshrinement into Cooperstown, a player needs to receive 75% of the vote.  Last year was the first time since 1996 and only second since 1971 that no player earned the necessary 75% of the vote.  Results will be announced on January 8th.

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