The BBWAA announced the Hall of Fame ballot for 2014 this morning and there were several familiar names on the list. A handful of former Dodgers were included in next year’s ballot as first-time additions.
Greg Maddux, Jeff Kent, Hideo Nomo, Eric Gagne, Paul Lo Duca, Luis Gonzalez, Esteban Loaiza and Jose Cruz Jr. were all added to the ballot. A year after having no player inducted into Cooperstown there are several notable players on the ballot that could be enshrined this summer.
Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were the other notable players added for the first time and could join Maddux and possibly Kent as first ballot inductees.
Although long shots to get inducted, Nomo, Gagne and Lo Duca brought many joys to the Dodger faithful during their time in LA. Nomo won the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 1995, while Gagne wont the 2003 NL Cy Young award. Lo Duca was a solid catcher with good pop, which earned him two All-Star nominations before being traded to the Florida Marlins.
Two notable names on the Dodgers coaching staff are also on the ballot as manager Don Mattingly is in his second-to-last year to get inducted and hitting coach Mark McGwire is in his eighth year, garnering only 16.7% votes last year.
The results for the Hall of Fame will be announce on January 8 and the Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held in July in Cooperstown, New York.
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