Ex-Rays Burrell, Ramirez among 19 new Hall of Fame candidates
Two players who had short and unsuccessful stints with the Rays - Pat Burrell and Manny Ramirez - are among 19 new candidates on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot released Monday.
Of more significance, Ramirez is joined by catcher Ivan Rodriguez, outfielder Vladimir Guerrero and shortstop Edgar Rentería among the group of newcomers.
They join 15 holdovers, led based on votes received last year by 1B Jeff Bagwell, along with OF Tim Raines, RHP Trevor Hoffman and RHP Curt Schilling.
Ballots were mailed to more than 400 voting members of the BBWAA, with 75 percent of the ballots cast needed for election. Results will be announced Jan. 18.