Every year when the Baseball Writers Association of North America announces its Hall of Fame eligible ballot, it is always interesting to see new candidates. Typically, there is a mix of some of the greatest baseball players of all time, frequent All-Star appearances, and names that you would surely prefer to place under the “Let’s remember some of these guys” category.

This year is no exception and here is a detailed look at two very important names among the former Latino players who are candidates for Cooperstown for the first time, plus the list with the rest of the newcomers and all those who repeat from previous years.

The legendary Dominican career began without much fanfare. The Mariners signed him in 1992 and then traded him to the Twins four years later. Ortiz made his major league debut with Minnesota in 1997 and spent six unremarkable seasons with the Twins, before being released after the 2002 season.

A month after Minnesota let him go, Ortiz signed with the Red Sox. The rest, as they say, is history: The left-handed gunner became one of the most feared sluggers in the game and responded with big hit after big hit to help the Red Sox break their 86-year drought without winning the World Series. , leading a historic comeback in the 2004 American League Championship Series against the Yankees.

Ortiz’s name has been linked to the use of performance-enhancing substances. He reportedly tested positive for doping in 2003, when MLB did not impose penalties if a player tested positive.

Ortiz finished his career with 541 home runs in 20 seasons, leading the Big Top with a 1,021 OPS at age 40 during his farewell campaign in 2016.

Rodriguez was one of the most renowned prospects in baseball history in the early 1990s. And rightly so. Not only did it meet expectations, it exceeded them. In 1996, his first full season in the majors, the precocious shortstop finished second in the AL MVP voting after hitting .358 / .414 / .631 and leading MLB with 54 doubles and hitting 36 home runs.

Rodriguez had a .933 OPS with 148 homers and 111 stolen bases over the next four seasons with the Mariners, before signing a free agent contract with the Rangers for a then-record $ 252 million.

A-Rod hit 156 home runs over the next three seasons, while hitting a 1,011 OPS and taking the AL MVP award in 2003. With the Rangers in trouble despite their numbers, Texas traded Rodriguez that offseason to the Los Angeles. Yankees, with whom he played the last 12 years of his career.

Rodriguez won two other MVP awards from the LA and, between 2004 and 2010, he hit 268 home runs and had a .952 OPS with New York, helping the franchise win its 27th World Series in 2009.

The rest of the debutants on the ballot

Those who return for this election

Curt Schilling (71.1% in the last vote) 10th and last year

Barry Bonds (61.8%) 10th and senior year

Roger Clemens (61.6%) 10th and last year

Scott Rolen (52.9%) 5to año

Omar Vizquel (49.1%) 5th year

Billy Wagner (46.4%) 7th year

Todd Helton (44.9%) 4th year

Gary Sheffield (40.6%) 8vo año

Andruw Jones (33.9%) 5th year

Jeff Kent (32.4%) 9th year

Manny Ramírez (28.2%) 6th year

Sammy Sosa (17.0%) 10th year

Andy Pettitte (13.7%) 4th year

Mark Buehrle (11.0%) 2nd year

Torii Hunter (9.5%) 2nd year

Bob Abreu (8.7%) 3rd year

Tim Hudson (5.2%) 2nd year

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