Pedro Martinez is one of the leading candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot that was announced Monday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Pedro Martinez among headliners on HOF ballot announced Monday

November 24, 2014 - 7:36 am
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The Hall of Fame ballot announced Monday includes a trio of standout pitchers, including Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez, who should take headlines back from the stars who were tainted by Major League Baseball's steroid era. Joining Martinez as first-time candidates are five-time Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson, who amassed 4,875 career strikeouts (second only to Nolan Ryan), and Braves legend John Smoltz, who is the only pitcher to record 200 wins and 150 saves. Martinez, who won two Cy Youngs, compiled a 219-100 career record with 3,154 strikeouts. Former Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra also makes his first appearance on the ballot. Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa -- all linked to the use of performance-enhancing drugs -- are back. Clemens and Bonds both received 35 percent of the votes last year, well below the number needed for admission. McGwire dipped to 11 percent, and he only has two more years of candidacy. Sosa fell to 7 percent last year, and if he dips below 5 percent he'll be removed from future ballots. Results will be announced Jan. 6. The induction ceremony is scheduled for July 26.

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