Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell needed just 15 more votes to join the 2016 Hall of Fame class with Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Pizza. Now Bagwell returns to the 2017 ballot as the top returning vote-getter with 71.6 percent.
The 2017 Baseball Writers' Association of America Hall of Fame ballot earlier this week. Among the biggest among the 19 newcomers on the 2017 ballot are Vladimir Guerrero, Mann Ramirez, and former Astro Ivan Rodriguez — Rodriguez played 93 games for the Astros in 2009.
Among the returning Astros vote-getter returning include Curt Schilling (52.3 percent in 2016), Roger Clemens (45.2), Jeff Kent (14.0) and Billy Wagner (10.5).
The Hall of Fame voting will be announced on Jan. 18 and induction scheduled for July 30 in Cooperstown, N.Y.
The 34 players on the ballot include: