Hall of Fame ballot has Ranger connections

The Texas Rangers are well represented in the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot released today, headlined by one of the newest names on the list, Greg Maddux, who has consulted with the team the past two seasons. Maddux's brother, Mike, is the pitching coach for the Rangers. Greg is a four-time Cy Young Award winner.

Of course, there are plenty of former Ranger players on the ballot, too. That includes left-handed pitcher Kenny Rogers and power-hitters Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa, who are hurt by their connections to PEDs. Eric Gagne, who pitched for the club in 2007 and was traded to Boston in the deal that brought Engel Beltre and David Murphy (along with Kason Gabbard), is also on the ballot.

There are about 600 voters this year. To cast a ballot, you must have been a Baseball Writers' Association of America member for 10 consecutive years. Ballots must be in by the end of the year and the results will be announced Jan. 8.