Five former Orioles are on the 32-man Hall of Fame ballot announced Monday by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
While most attention is on first time candidates Ken Griffey, Jr. and Trevor Hoffman, Mike Piazza, who received 69.7 percent of the vote on last year’s ballot, has an excellent choice of being voted in.
Seventy-five percent is required for election.
Tim Raines, who played four games for the Orioles in 2001, and received 55 percent of the vote last year, returns. Curt Schilling in his fourth year of eligibility and Lee Smith, who is in his 14th year on the ballot return.
Schilling, who pitched parts of three seasons and won just the first of his 216 games with the Orioles, received 39.2 percent of the vote a year ago.
Smith, who along with Alan Trammell, is exempt from the new 10-year limit for consideration, had a league-leading 33 saves for the Orioles in 1994, the only season he pitched for them.
The most attention for Orioles fans, as always, will be on Mike Mussina. Mussina, who won 147 of his 270 games in 10 seasons with the Orioles, is on the ballot for the third year. Last year, Mussina received 24.6 percent of the vote.
Sammy Sosa got just 6.6 percent of the vote in his third year of eligibility. Sosa played for the Orioles in 2005. Candidates must get at least five percent of the vote to remain on the ballot.
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Randy Winn is also on the ballot for the first time. He spent spring training of 2011 with the Orioles, and retired after failing to make the team.
Ballots must be postmarked by Dec. 21. Voting results will be announced Jan. 6.
NOTE: Dylan Bundy was scratched from Monday’s Arizona Fall League start for Peoria with what a club official terms “forearm tightness.” It’s considered “very minor. Day to day,” the official says.
Bundy has pitched two innings for Peoria. In his first outing, he retired the side in order on seven pitches, and last Friday allowed a run on two hits in an inning.
Jason Garcia will start in Bundy’s place.