Royals open Hall of Fame balloting to fans
The Royals have announced that, beginning with the 2011 ballot, fans will now have a part in Royals Hall of Fame voting. Royals fans can make their votes count starting today until Friday, March 18 at noon at www.royals.com/hof. At the site, you can “Tweet” your vote directly to your Twitter feed and “Like” it on Facebook!
The entire Royals Hall of Fame voting process has been updated and, beginning in 2011, will take place every other year. To be eligible for the first time, players must have been active with the Royals for at least three (3) seasons and accumulated a minimum of 1,500 plate appearances or 150 innings pitched. Candidates shall have ceased to be an active on-field member of the Royals (or for any other Major League organization) in the role for which they are being considered for at least three (3) calendar years preceding the election. The 2011 vote under these new eligibility rules includes all first-time eligible candidates under previous rules and players who had received at least two votes in either of the two most recent RHOF voting cycles.
The 2011 Royals Hall of Fame candidates are (in alphabetical order): Brian Anderson, LHP (2003-2005); Kevin Appier, RHP (1989-1999; 2003-2004); Al Cowens, OF (1974-1979); Al Fitzmorris, RHP (1969-1976); Jason Grimsley, RHP (2001-2004); Bo Jackson, OF (1986-1990); Mike Macfarlane, C (1987-1994, 1996-1998); Darrell May, LHP (2002-2004); Brent Mayne, C (1990-1995, 2001-2003); Jose Offerman, INF (1996-1998); Darrell Porter, C (1977-1980); Joe Randa, 3B (1995-1996, 1999-2004); Kevin Seitzer, 3B (1986-1991); Scott Service, RHP (1997-1999); Michael Tucker, OF (1995-1996, 2002-2003); U.L. Washington, SS (1977-1984); John Wathan, C/OF/1B (1976-1985); and Kris Wilson, RHP (2000-2002).
Fans will be joined by other voters, including all living members of the Royals Hall of Fame and select members of the Royals Board of Directors, Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America, Kansas City electronic media representatives and Royals front office staff, in selecting Royals Hall of Fame inductees. The online fan ballot will account for four votes with two assigned to the highest vote getter and one each to the second and third highest vote getters. Any candidate receiving 75 percent of the vote will be elected and scheduled for induction during the 2011 season. Candidates must receive a minimum of ten percent of the ballots cast to remain eligible for inclusion on the ballot for the next RHOF voting cycle. In even-numbered years, a separate Veterans Committee vote will consider the candidacy of non-player personnel and players who received Royals Hall of Fame Voting (Regular Phase) votes, but are no longer eligible for election in that manner.
The Royals Hall of Fame was established in 1986 to celebrate the accomplishments of those players, coaches and other personnel who have made exceptional contributions to Kansas City Royals Baseball.
The first inductees were outfielder Amos Otis and pitcher Steve Busby. They have been joined by pitcher Paul Splittorff, second baseman Cookie Rojas, Manager Dick Howser, pitcher Dennis Leonard, designated hitter Hal McRae, shortstop Fred Patek, Club President Joe Burke, pitcher Larry Gura, Royals founders Ewing and Muriel Kauffman, third baseman George Brett, second baseman Frank White, first baseman John Mayberry, pitcher Dan Quisenberry, Manager Whitey Herzog, center fielder Willie Wilson, pitcher Jeff Montgomery, broadcaster Denny Matthews, pitcher Bret Saberhagen, pitcher Mark Gubicza and scout Art Stewart.
For more information and to vote for the Royals Hall of Fame, fans may visit www.royals.com/hof.