One-time Mariners ace Randy Johnson heads a list of 17 first-time eligibles on the 2015 Hall of Fame ballot. His former teammate, designated hitter Edgar Martinez, is back for a sixth year.
The Hall of Fame announced a 34-player ballot Monday for consideration by 575 voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Ballots must be returned by Dec. 27; results will be announced Jan. 6.
Election requires that a player be cited on 75 percent of returned ballots.
The ballot also includes two first-time candidates who spent short tours with the Mariners: reliever Eddie Guardado (2004-06) and infielder Rich Aurilia (2004).
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Johnson won the first of his five Cy Young Awards and rose to prominence while pitching for the Mariners from 1989-98. He finished a 22-year career in 2009 with at 303-166 and a 3.29 ERA.
Martinez fell far short of the 75-percent threshold in five previous ballot appearances. He topped out at 36.5 percent in 2012 and dipped last year to 25.2 percent.
Hall voting rules, amended this year, permit candidates to remain on the ballot for up to 10 years as long as they receive 5 percent of the vote. Previous rules permitted candidates to remain up to 15 years.
Other first-time eligibles include pitchers Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, infielder Nomar Garciaparra and outfielder Gary Sheffield.
Second baseman Craig Biggio missed election last year by two votes. Other returning for another year include Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines and Curt Schilling.
The 34 candidates on the 2015 Hall of Fame ballot (in alphabetical order):
Rich Aurilia, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Aaron Boone, Tony Clark, Roger Clemens, Carlos Delgado, Jermaine Dye, Darin Erstad, Cliff Floyd, Nomar Garciaparra, Brian Giles, Tom Gordon, Eddie Guardado, Randy Johnson, Jeff Kent, Edgar Martinez, Pedro Martinez, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Mike Mussina, Troy Percival, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Jason Schmidt, Gary Sheffield, Lee Smith, John Smoltz, Sammy Sosa, Alan Trammell and Larry Walker.