Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada will be added to the Hall of Fame ballot in 2017.
Along with Posada, Manny Ramirez, Ivan Rodriguez, and Vladimir Guerrero will be up for election for the first time next year.
Players need at least 75 percent of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, who on Wednesday elected Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza into Cooperstown, to check off their name on the ballot in order to earn election into Cooperstown.
Qualified senior members of the BBWAA are wrtiers who have 10 or more consecutive years of covering the sport. As it currently stands, voters can select a maximum number of 10 players for election. According to the BBWAA, 41.6 percent of the voters had full ballots, while the average ballot contained 7.95 names.
In November, the Hall of Fame's board of directors decided to retain the 10-player limit as opposed to raising the maximum number of votes to 12, as propsed by the BBWAA.
Posada, who ended his career with a .273/.374/.474 batting line, hit 275 home runs, 1,065 RBIs and 1,664 hits in his 17-year baseball career, all spent in pinstripes.
Fifteen players will return to the ballot in 2017 after receiving the minimum 5 percent for re-consideration, including Jeff Bagwell (71.6 percent), Tim Raines (69.8 percent), Trevor Hoffman (67.3 percent), Curt Schilling (52.3 percent), Roger Clemens (45.2 percent), Barry Bonds (44.3 percent), Edgar Martinez (43.4 percent) and Mike Mussina (43 percent).
Looking ahead to the future, Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Andruw Jones, Scott Rolen, Johnny Damon and Omar Vizquel will all be eligible for the first time in 2018.
In 2019, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Todd Helton and Roy Halladay will be eligible for the Hall of Fame. Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi and Bobby Abreu will be on the ballot for the first time in 2020.
It's going to be fun to see the Yankees' "Core Four" begin to trickle onto Hall of Fame ballots and it will be enjoyable to hear the subsequent debates about their qualifications. Posada was certainly a key member of the five most recent Yankees championship teams, but I believe his candidacy will fall short in the end.
Posada, who was never credited with being a good defensive catcher, accumulated some fine offensive statistics but was in the top 10 of American League MVP voting just twice in his career.
During a stretch from 1998 through 2010 (when Posada was a mainstay in the Yankees lineup), the Posada kept pace with fellow catcher Ivan Rodriguez (considered by many to be a shoe-in for eventual election) in terms of WAR per FanGraphs' measure (45.3 to 44.9). The problem is, Rodriguez had amassed considerable accomplishments before Posada took charge in New York, finishing his career with 68.7 fWAR compared to Posada's 44.3 mark.
Posada was quite good which should provide him enough backers to remain on the ballot for the 10-year period. But Posada was not great, and as such will likely fall well short of votes required to be elected by the BBWAA.