This post is for voting and discussion of the ninth round of voting for the Circle of Greats. This round adds players born in 1960. 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 that are 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.

All voting for this round closes at 11:00 PM EST on Sunday, February 17, while changes to previously cast ballots are allowed until 11:00 PM EST Friday, February 15.

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: 1960 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-1960 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 the year through which they are assured eligibility, and alphabetically when the eligibility year is the same. The 1960 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.

Holdovers:
John Smoltz (eligible through 1954)
Curt Schilling (1954)
Tom Glavine (1955)
Craig Biggio (1956)
Larry Walker (1957)
Barry Larkin (1957)
Roberto Alomar (1958)
Edgar Martinez (1960)
Don Mattingly (1960)

Everyday Players (born in 1960, ten or more seasons played in the major leagues):
Cal Ripken
Tony Gwynn
Chili Davis
Joe Carter
Juan Samuel
Candy Maldonado
Charlie O’Brien
Terry Pendleton
Tom Brunansky
Kent Hrbek
Howard Johnson
Steve Sax
Mickey Tettleton
Mike Gallego
Rene Gonzales
Mel Hall
Rex Hudler
Gerald Perry
Randy Ready
Dave Valle
Andy Van Slyke
Sid Bream
Billy Hatcher
Tim Hulett
Mike LaValliere
Kirby Puckett
Harold Reynolds
Rob Deer
Mike Marshall
Mike Pagliarulo
Dave Anderson
Mike Fitzgerald
Matt Sinatro
Franklin Stubbs

Pitchers (born in 1960, ten or more seasons played in the major leagues):
John Franco
Fernando Valenzuela
Mark Langston
Mark Davis
Frank Viola
Paul Assenmacher
Ron Darling
Jose DeLeon
Gene Nelson
Zane Smith
Bob Tewksbury
Joe Boever
Tom Browning
Jim Deshaies
Neal Heaton
Roger McDowell
Mike Witt
Mark Eichhorn
Rob Murphy
Curt Young
Andy Hawkins

By the way, nothing I do can seem to successfully create a link here to Charlie O’Brien’s b-ref page. I had the same problem a few rounds ago with Paul O’Neill. Must be some problem with apostrophes. If anybody has a suggestion, let me know.

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