The National Baseball Hall of Fame released their 2020 Modern Baseball Era ballot, and three former Yankees have made the cut in Thurman Munson, Don Mattingly, and Tommy John.
First, for those that don't know what this particular ballot is, the Hall of Fame has multiple ballots for players that missed out on their chances in the original ballot. There is also the Early Baseball (Prior to 1950), Golden Days (1950-1969), and Today's Game (1988 to present) ballots.
Munson quickly became a fan favorite with the Yankees when he won the AL Rookie of the Year Award in 1970, and he would put together the accolades to be considered for the Hall soon there after. He played all 11 seasons in pinstripes, with a .292/.346/.410 slash line with 113 career homers and 701 RBI. He made seven All-Star teams, six of which came in consecutive seasons from 1973-1978.
As many know, Munson could have seen more success in MLB, but he unfortunately had a devastating plane crash that took his life on August 2, 1979 at age 32. His No. 15 was retired by the franchise later that season.
Mattingly played 14 seasons with the Yankees from 1982-1995, and his bat was certainly a scary one to face off against if you were on the mound. With a career .307/.358/.471, over 1,000 RBI (1,099), and 2,153 hits, one would think Mattingly had a strong case for the Hall. However, when his back began to be a problem after the 1989 season, Mattingly's numbers hit a steep decline.
He was one of the best players in baseball from 1984-1989. He won the MVP in 1985 after totaling a league-high 48 doubles and 145 RBI with a .324 average and 370 total bases (another league high). He actually had better numbers in '86 with a .352 average and league high ..573 slugging percentage and .967 OPS. He also had 238 hits and 53 doubles to beat his '85 total. But Roger Clemens beat him out by a fair margin.
And finally, many know John for the ground-breaking surgery he underwent to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow during the 1974 season. But John was one of MLB's workhorses with 26 total seasons on the mound over his career. His longest tenure was with the Yankees for eight seasons from 1979-1982 and 1986-1989 before his retirement.
John has a career 3.34 ERA while owning a 3.59 ERA over 214 games with New York. He also pitched for the White Sox, Dodgers, Angels, Indians and Athletics.
Other than these three accomplished gentlemen, the ballot also features Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Marvin Miller, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, and Lou Whitaker