This Circle of Greats (COG) vote is not to induct anyone into the Circle, but only to select two players who will be restored back on to the main ballot after having been previously been dropped from eligibility.  This fourth “redemption round” (we also held such rounds after the 1960, 1950 and 1940 rounds of voting) gives voters a chance to reconsider past candidates who have been rejected.  Rules and lists are after the jump.

In this round you may include on your three-man ballot any player who was born between 1930 and 1969 and has neither been elected to the Circle of Greats nor is currently on the 1929 regular COG ballot.  As usual, you must vote for three and only three  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 are currently scheduled to be held once after every decade’s worth of regular induction rounds (after the 1920 round, the 1910 round, etc.).

The lists of hitters and pitchers below show, in alphabetical order, the 18 hitters and 13 pitchers who have received at least four COG votes in regular voting rounds in the past but have not been inducted and are not on the current ballot.  The names on these lists are only suggestions, they are not intended to be limiting: to repeat, you can vote for whoever you want among those born from 1930 through 1969 as long as they are not already in the COG or already on the regular ballot.

Position players born 1930-1969 who have received at least four votes in past regular COG voting (but are not on the regular 1929 COG ballot and are not COG inductees):
Dick Allen
Roberto Alomar
Ken Boyer
Andre Dawson
Dwight Evans
Jeff Kent
Harmon Killebrew
Don Mattingly
Fred McGriff
Dale Murphy
Eddie Murray
Graig Nettles
Willie Randolph
Ted Simmons
Willie Stargell
Gene Tenace
Dave Winfield
Jim Wynn

Pitchers born 1930-1969 who have received at least four votes in regular COG voting (but are not on the regular regular 1929 COG ballot and are not COG inductees):  
Kevin Brown
Jim Bunning
Don Drysdale
Dennis Eckersley
Rich Gossage
Trevor Hoffman
Jim Kaat
Dan Quisenberry
Rick Reuschel
Dave Stieb
Don Sutton
Luis Tiant
Wilbur Wood

The deadline to cast your ballots in this redemption round is Saturday night, March 22 at 11PM EDT. You can change your votes until 11PM EDT on Thursday night, March 20.  You can keep track of the vote tally in this redemption round here: COG Redemption Round 4 Vote Tally

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