Circle of Greats 1958 Ballot, Part 2
This post is for voting and discussion in the twelfth round of balloting for the Circle of Greats. This round adds those players born in 1958 who were not included in the first 1958 round. Rules and lists are after the jump.
41 players were born in 1958 and played in at least ten seasons of major league baseball. 20 of those (players with last names beginning A through H) were added as eligible in the previous round. The other 21 players in the born-in-1958 group are being added this round.
As always, each ballot cast 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 Tuesday, March 19 11:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, March 20, while changes to previously cast ballots are allowed until 11:00 PM EST Sunday, March 17.
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: 1958-Pt 2 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 new born-in-1958 group will be added as votes are cast for them.
Choose your three players from the lists below of eligible players. The holdovers (who now total 13 guys) are listed in order of the number of future rounds (including this one) through which they are assured eligibility, and alphabetically when the future eligibility number is the same. The new group of 1958 birth-year guys are listed below in order of the number of seasons they played in the majors, and alphabetically among players with the same number of seasons played.
Tom Glavine (eligibility guaranteed for 6 rounds)
John Smoltz (eligibility guaranteed for 6 rounds)
Tony Gwynn (eligibility guaranteed for 5 rounds)
Barry Larkin (eligibility guaranteed for 5 rounds)
Craig Biggio (eligibility guaranteed for 4 rounds)
Wade Boggs (eligibility guaranteed for 4 rounds)
Larry Walker (eligibility guaranteed for 4 rounds)
Roberto Alomar (eligibility guaranteed for 3 rounds)
Tim Raines (eligibility guaranteed for 2 rounds)
Ryne Sandberg (eligibility guaranteed for 2 rounds)
Kevin Brown (eligibility guaranteed for this round only)
Kenny Lofton(eligibility guaranteed for this round only)
Edgar Martinez (eligibility guaranteed for this round only)
Everyday Players (born in 1958, ten or more seasons played in the major leagues, last name starts with letters I through Z):
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