This Circle of Greats vote is not to induct anyone into the Circle, but only to select two players who will restored back on to the main ballot after having been previously been dropped from eligibility. The intent is to help assure that deserving guys who have may have been dropped during a particularly talent-heavy era get another chance in a different context where they might be more competitive.

Among those who have been dropped from eligibility, the guys listed below have received the most votes, but you can vote for anyone who was born between 1960 and 1968, played at least 10 years in the majors, is no longer on the ballot, and has not already been inducted in to the Circle of Greats. As usual, you must vote for three and only three guys to cast a qualifying ballot. The two guys who appear on the most ballots will be restored to eligibility for the next regular, induction round of of COG voting. If your personal favorite doesn’t come in the top two this time, do not despair — he will have other chances in future redemption rounds, which I currently plan to hold every ten rounds or so.

Here is the list of the previously dropped guys who have received more than one vote in past rounds. They are listed in order of the most total votes they received over the previous rounds in which they were eligible and, where that’s a tie, alphabetical order:

Kenny Lofton
Fred McGriff
Don Mattingly
Jeff Kent
Kevin Brown
Trevor Hoffman
Kirby Puckett
Will Clark
Jimmy Key
Jamie Moyer
John Olerud
Rafael Palmeiro
Fernando Valenzuela
Andy Van Slyke
Omar Vizquel

As with the simultaneously running 1959 induction round, the deadline to cast your ballots in this redemption round is Sunday night at 11PM EST, on Feb. 24. You can change your votes until 11PM EST on Friday, Feb. 22. You can keep track of the vote tally in this redemption round here: Redemption Round 1 COG Vote Tally

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