David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
The new Hall of Fame ballot is going to force some voters to make tough decisions. Newcomers Chipper Jones and Jim Thome look like first-ballot picks, but how will Omar Vizquel, Scott Rolen and Andruw Jones -- who combined for 29 Gold Gloves -- fare? Then you have holdovers Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero, who just missed last year, plus Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling, Larry Walker, Fred McGriff and Jeff Kent and all the PED candidates (Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez, Sammy Sosa). Good luck.
Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer
The Red Sox have added left-hander Jalen Beeks and righties Chandler Shepherd and Ty Buttrey to the 40-man roster to protect them from being eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. The Sox's 40-man roster is now at capacity.
William Weinbaum ESPN
Chipper Jones, Jim Thome & Omar Vizquel headline 19 first-timers on the writers' Hall of Fame ballot announced Mon. Among 14 holdovers from the ‘17 ballot are Trevor Hoffman, Vlad Guerrero, Edgar Martinez, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling, Manny Ramirez & Sammy Sosa. Results are to be announced 1/24.
Megan Moureaux ESPN
Dodgers' Joc Pederson leads USC onto the field for the last home game of the season.