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Baseball Hall of Fame ballot 2021: No obvious choice for first-timer to be enshrined

Unlike in recent years, there is no obvious choice among the first-timers on this year's baseball Hall of Fame ballot.

The 2021 National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot was released Monday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and it includes 11 first-timers and 14 holdovers from the last year ballot.  

The 11 newcomers include: Mark Buehrle, A.J. Burnett, Michael Cuddyer, Dan Haren, LaTroy Hawkins, Tim Hudson, Torii Hunter, Aramis Ramirez, Nick Swisher, Shane Victorino and Barry Zito.

None of them are likely to garner the 75% of the votes need to get enshrined into Cooperstown. 

There has been at least one first-timer elected in each of the past six years dating back to 2014. Derek Jeter, who received 99.7% of the vote, was a first-timer last year. 

Mark Buehrle threw a perfect game with the White Sox in 2009. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki, USA TODAY Sports)

The ballot has been crowded in recent years, with 13 players being elected in the past four years. This year's top returners include Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling and Omar Vizquel.  

The results of the vote will be revealed on Jan. 26. The induction ceremony, which will also include the 2020 class of Jeter, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller, is scheduled for July 25

The following 14 players returning to the 2021 ballot and their 2020 vote total, percentage:

Curt Schilling, 9th year (278, 70.0%)

Roger Clemens, 9th (242, 61.0%)

Barry Bonds, 9th (241, 60.7%)

Omar Vizquel, 4th (209, 52.6%)

Scott Rolen, 4th (140, 35.3%)

Billy Wagner, 6th (126, 31.7%)

Gary Sheffield, 7th (121, 30.5%)

Todd Helton, 3rd (116, 29.2%)

Manny Ramirez, 5th (112, 28.2%)

Jeff Kent, 8th (109, 27.5%)

Andruw Jones, 4th (77, 19.4%)

Sammy Sosa, 9th (55, 13.9%)

Andy Pettitte, 3rd (45, 11.3%)

Bobby Abreu, 2nd (22, 5.5%)

The 2021 @officialbbwaa Hall of Fame voters will choose from a ballot of 25 players, including 11 newcomers. Results will be announced Jan. 26 live on @MLBNetwork. Check out bios of all 25 candidates here: https://t.co/YjXu5pycbtpic.twitter.com/1Ud9QeCCVj

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