Hall of Fame candidates include 7 former Red Sox

Rob Bradford
November 18, 2019 - 1:38 pm

The Baseball Hall of Fame has announced the candidates for its 2020 class and it a healthy amount of Red Sox connections.

The list includes 32 candidates, 18 of which are new to the ballot. Former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is undeniably the most notable addition.

Candidates must be named on 75 percent of ballots cast by selected BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years of MLB coverage to gain election. Along with the electees, the other players who were named on more than half of the ballots cast in last year’s election were pitchers Curt Schilling (60.9 percent) and Roger Clemens (59.5) and outfielders Barry Bonds (59.1) and Larry Walker (54.6).

Players may remain on the ballot for up to 10 years provided they receive at least five percent of the vote. Walker is on the ballot for the 10th and final time. Other holdovers from the 2019 ballot are pitchers Andy Pettitte and Billy Wagner, first baseman Todd Helton, second baseman Jeff Kent, third baseman Scott Rolen, shortstop Omar Vizquel and outfielders Andruw Jones, Manny Ramírez, Gary Sheffield and Sammy Sosa.

Here is the entire group:

Bobby Abreu, Josh Beckett, Heath Bell, Barry Bonds, Eric Chávez, Roger Clemens, Adam Dunn, Chone Figgins, Rafael Furcal, Jason Giambi, Todd Helton, Raúl Ibañez, Derek Jeter, Andruw Jones, Jeff Kent, Paul Konerko, Cliff Lee, Carlos Peña, Brad Penny, Andy Pettitte, J.J. Putz, Manny Ramírez, Brian Roberts, Scott Rolen, Curt Schilling, Gary Sheffield, Alfonso Soriano, Sammy Sosa, José Valverde, Omar Vizquel, Billy Wagner, Larry Walker.

As for Red Sox connections, there are seven candidates who played in Boston -- Beckett, Clemens, Pena, Penny, Ramirez, Schilling and Wagner.

The results will be announced by new Hall of Fame president Tim Mead on Jan. 21.