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Baseball Hall of Fame 2020: Voting, ballot and eligibility rules

Sporting News — (Joe Rivera)

Hall of Fame voting season is upon us.

This year features 32 players, including 19 first-timers. It's headlined by a few interesting stories, as usual: How many votes will Derek Jeter get? Will Larry Walker finally make it in? What will come of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens?

FAGAN: Derek Jeter is the only sure thing on 2020 ballot

There are a number of sneaky-underrated players on this year's ballot as well, including Bobby Abreu, Andy Pettitte and Cliff Lee.

The ballot, voting and eligibility rules are all available below.

2020 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

The 2020 Hall of Fame ballot features 32 players, including 19 first-year players.

All WAR numbers courtesy of Fangraphs.

PlayerPositionYear on ballotTeam(s)Career WAR
Derek JeterSS1NYY73.0
Bobby AbreuOF1HOU, PHI, NYY, LAA, LAD, NYM59.8
Josh BeckettSP1FLA, BOS, LAD36.3
Heath BellRP1NYM, SDP, MIA, ARI, TBR9.9
Adam Dunn1B/OF1CIN, WSH, ARI, CWS, OAK25.6
Chone FigginsIF1ANA/LAA, SEA, LAD22.2
Raul IbanezOF1SEA, KCR, PHI, NYY19.3
Jose ValverdeRP1ARI, HOU, DET, NYM8.5
Carlos Pena1B1TEX, OAK, DET, BOS, TBD/TBR, CHC, KCR18.9
J.J. PutzRP1SEA, NYM, CWS, ARI10.2
Brian Roberts2B1BAL, NYY29.7
Eric Chavez3B1OAK, NYY, ARI37.2
Jason Giambi1B/DH1OAK, NYY, COL, CLE49.8
Rafael FurcalIF1ATL, LAD, STL, MIA33.1
Paul Konerko1B1LAD, CWS24.0
Cliff LeeSP1CLE, PHI, SEA48.2
Alfonso Soriano2B1NYY, TEX, WSH, CHC38.9
Todd Helton1B2COL54.9
Andy PettitteSP2NYY, HOU68.2
Andruw JonesOF3ATL, LAD, TEX CWS, NYY67.0
Scott Rolen3B3PHI, STL, TOR, CIN69.9
Omar VizquelSS3SEA, CLE, SFG, TEX, CWS, TOR42.5
Manny RamirezOF4CLE, BOS, LAD66.3
Billy WagnerRP5HOU, PHI, NYW, ATL24.0
Gary SheffieldOF6MIL, FLA, LAD, ATL, NYY, DET, NYM62.1
Jeff Kent2B7NYM, SFG, HOU, LAD56.0
Roger ClemensSP8BOS, TOR, NYY, HOU133.7
Barry BondsOF8PIT, SF164.4
Curt SchillingSP8BAL, HOU, PHI, ARI, BOS79.8
Sammy SosaOF8CWS, CHC, BAL, TEX60.1
Larry WalkerOF10MON, COL, STL68.7

When will Baseball Hall of Fame results be released?

Voting results for the 2020 Hall of Fame class will be revealed Jan. 21. 

Baseball Hall of Fame voting rules, eligibility

Active Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) members of 10 years or longer receive a ballot, including Sporting News' Ryan Fagan. Writers can vote for up to 10 players on the ballot. Writers may also submit a blank ballot, which counts against players on the ballot. Writers can also abstain from voting by not submitting a ballot.

Players are eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot five years after their retirement, as long as they played at least 10 seasons in the majors. If a player unretires during the five years, then the clock for Hall of Fame eligibility is restarted.

Players are removed from the ballot if they do not receive at least 5 percent of the vote while on the ballot. Players are voted in if they receive 75 percent or more of the vote.