Derek Jeter, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens headline the list of candidates on the 2020 Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame ballot.
Here is a look at the full ballot, via Ryan Thibodaux:
The class of 2020 will be announced on Jan. 21. The official induction ceremony will be held in Cooperstown, New York, on Sunday, July 26.
Jeter, who is on the ballot for the first time, is expected to be a shoo-in after his illustrious 20-year career with the New York Yankees. The Captain had a career slash line of .310/.377/.440, and he finished his career with 3,465 hits, which ranks sixth all time.
Jeter piled up a number of accolades on both an individual and team level. He earned 14 All-Star selections, the 1996 American League Rookie of the Year Award, five Gold Gloves and five Silver Sluggers. Meanwhile, he helped the Yankees win five World Series titles, earning World Series MVP honors in 2000.
Mr. November hit .308/.374/465 in 158 career postseason games.
Longtime Yankees closer Mariano Rivera (2019) is the only player ever to be inducted into Cooperstown unanimously, although Jeter may soon join him.
Bonds ranks No. 1 all time with 762 career home runs, and his 73 homers in 2001 still stand as a single-season record. His seven National League MVP awards are the most ever, too.
As storied as Bonds' career was, his connection to performance-enhancing drugs has kept him out of the Hall of Fame thus far. Bonds received only 36.2 percent of the vote in his first year on the ballot in 2013, but he has gained some momentum in recent years. He received 59.1 percent of the votes last year, an increase of 2.7 percentage points from the previous year.
Players need to receive 75 percent of the vote to be inducted.
Clemens finds himself in a similar position as Bonds. An 11-time All-Star and seven-time Cy Young Award winner, the Rocket is a member of both the 300-win (354) and 3,000-strikeout (4,672) clubs. He's one of only 10 pitchers to accomplish that feat.
Like Bonds, though, Clemens' connection to PEDs has led to an extended stay on the ballot. Clemens debuted at 37.6 percent in 2013 and has climbed all the way up to 59.5 percent.
Jeter is far from the only first-timer on the ballot. The others are Bobby Abreu, Josh Beckett, Heath Bell, Eric Chavez, Adam Dunn, Chone Figgins, Rafael Furcal, Jason Giambi, Raul Ibanez, Paul Konerko, Cliff Lee, Carlos Pena, Brad Penny, J.J. Putz, Brian Roberts, Alfonso Soriano and Jose Valverde.