The 2015 ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame was announced on Monday with Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz headlining the newest of the 17 additions to the 34 candidates.
While he rightfully will be remembered for his time with the Atlanta Braves, Smoltz finished his big league career in 2009 with the St. Louis Cardinals. He went 1-3 in 7 starts after signing with the team as a free agent in August of that season.
Smoltz made 481 starts in his career–29 against St. Louis. The Cardinals (11-11) were one of just nine teams he started against that had a .500 or better record against him.
Rich Aurilia, Aaron Boone, Tony Clark, Carlos Delgado, Jermaine Dye, Darin Erstad, Cliff Floyd, Nomar Garciaparra, Brian Giles, Tom Gordon, Eddie Guardado, Troy Percival, Jason Schmidt, and Gary Sheffield are the other newcomers.
The seventeen candidates returning to the Hall of Fame ballot (with their 2014 vote %) are: Craig Biggio (74.8%), Mike Piazza (62.2%), Jeff Bagwell (54.3%), Tim Raines (46.1%), Roger Clemens (35.4%), Barry Bonds (34.7%), Lee Smith (29.9%), Curt Schilling (29.2%), Edgar Martinez (25.2%), Alan Trammell (20.8%), Mike Mussina (20.3%), Jeff Kent (15.2%), Fred McGriff (11.7%), Mark McGwire (11.0%), Larry Walker (10.2%), Don Mattingly (8.2%) and Sammy Sosa (7.2%).
Players must receive 75% of the vote to be elected.
Voting results will be announced at 1pm CT on January 6, 2015.
WINTER WARM-UP TICKETS
–The St. Louis Cardinals have announced tickets for their annual Winter Warm-Up will go on sale this Friday, November 28th beginning at 9am CT. The 19th annual Winter Warm-Up will take place Saturday, January 17th thru Monday, January 19th at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. The event times are 9a-5p on Saturday and Sunday and 9a-3p on Monday.
The full schedule of events, including player signing times, will be announced in December.
The prices for admission passes, which are valid for all three days of the Warm-Up, will remain the same as the last few years – $40 for fans age 16 and over, $10 for children age 5 to 15. Kids under 5 are admitted free of charge. Members of the military, police and fire departments with an active ID can receive one free adult pass which must be obtained in person at the Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium or at the event.
Fans can purchase admission passes for the Winter Warm-Up online at cardinals.com/winterwarmup, in the official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium, and at Cardinals Clubhouse stores located around St. Louis. Those who order online by January 4th will receive their passes in the mail. Fans who order on/or after January 5th can beat the Will Call lines by picking up passes at the Busch Stadium ticket windows Monday, January 12th through Wednesday the 14th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Will Call opens on Friday, January 16th at the Hyatt Regency.
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