This post is for voting and discussion of the fourth round of voting for the Circle of Greats, which adds players born in 1965. Rules and lists are after the jump.

As always, each ballot must include three and only three eligible players. The one player who appears on the most ballots cast in the round is inducted into the Circle of Greats.  Players who fail to win induction but appear on half or more of the ballots cast win four future rounds of ballot eligibility. Players who appear on 25% or more of the ballots, but less than 50%, earn two years of extended eligibility.  Any other player in the top 9 (including ties) in ballot appearances (or who appear on at least 10% of the ballots) wins one additional round of ballot eligibility. Note that this round I’ve reduced the percentage required to stay eligible (below the top 9) for another round from 20% to 10%. Thus far we have enough voters participating that the 10% level does indicate a meaningful level of interest in a player, so I think we can reasonably drop the survival percentage to 10%.

All voting for this round closes at 11:59 PM EST on Saturday, January 12, while changes to previously cast ballots are allowed until 11:59 PM EST Thursday, January 10.

If you’d like to follow the vote tally, and/or check to make sure I’ve recorded your vote correctly, you can see my ballot-counting spreadsheet for this round here: 1965 COG Vote Tally . I’ll be updating the spreadsheet periodically with the latest votes. Initially, there is a row for every voter who has cast a ballot in any of the past rounds, but new voters are entirely welcome — new voters will be added to the spreadsheet as their ballots are submitted. Also initially, there is a column for each of the holdover players; additional player columns from the born-in-1965 group will be added as votes are cast for them.

Choose your three players from the lists below of eligible players. The holdovers are listed in order of year through which they are assured eligibility, and alphabetically when the eligibility year is the same. The 1965 birth year guys are listed in order of the number of seasons they played in the majors, and alphabetically among players with the same number of seasons played.

Frank Thomas (eligible through 1956 vote)
John Smoltz (1962)
Tom Glavine (1964)
Mike Mussina (1964)
Curt Schilling (1964)
Roberto Alomar (1965)
Kenny Lofton (1965)
Larry Walker (1965)

Everyday Players (born in 1965, ten or more seasons played in the major leagues):
Craig Biggio
Benito Santiago
Ruben Sierra
Steve Finley
Jay Bell
Matt Williams
Ron Gant
Todd Zeile
Greg Vaughn
Mike Bordick
Charlie Hayes
Luis Alicea
Mike Benjamin
Jeff Blauser
Rob Ducey
Glenallen Hill
Kirt Manwaring
Hal Morris
Joe Oliver
Luis Sojo
Lenny Webster
Geronimo Berroa
Mike Blowers
Joey Cora
Felix Jose
Manuel Lee
Mark Lemke
Paul Sorrento
Turner Ward
Chris Hoiles
Jerome Walton

Pitchers:(born in 1965, ten or more seasons played in the major leagues)
Kevin Brown
Al Leiter
Greg Swindell
Mark Guthrie
Buddy Groom
Ken Hill
Steve Reed
Jose Rijo
Todd Stottlemyre
Willie Blair
Mike Magnante
Mike Munoz
John Smiley
Erik Hanson
Gil Heredia
Xavier Hernandez

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