Just noted that the 2016 Hall of Fame ballot is out. It consists of 32 names, 15 new and 17 holdovers. For a couple of the holdovers it is their last chance to make the Hall via the writers. Here’s the list (holdovers first) in the order they are listed at the Hall of Fame’s website:
Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Lee Smith, Edgar Martinez, Alan Trammell (one of the last chance guys), Mike Mussina, Jeff Kent, Fred McGriff, Larry Walker, Gary Scheffield, Mark McGwire (the other last chance guy), Sammy Sosa, Nomar Garciaparra.
New guys: Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman, Jim Edmonds, Garret Anderson, Brad Ausmus, Luis Castillo, David Eckstein, Troy Glaus, Mark Grudzielanek, Mike Hampton, Jason Kendal, Mike Lowell, Mike Sweeney, Billy Wagner, Randy Winn.
And in related news, the Hall trustees voted not to expand the number of players a writer could vote for from 10 to 12. So the maximum number of players any writer can list on his ballot is 10.
My thoughts at a later time.