NEW YORK -- Two-time AL MVP and former Oakland Athletic Frank Thomas and ex-Giants slugger Jeff Kent join four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux and two-time winner Tom Glavine among 19 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame ballot.

Thomas, Kent, Maddux and Glavine join steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa on the ballot.

Former Giants Moises Alou, J.T. Snow, Armando Benitez and Ray Durham, along with former A's pitcher Kenny Rogers also are among the players eligible to be voted on for the first time by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Others on the ballot for the first time include ex-Stanford star Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo and Luis Gonzalez.

Former Giants second baseman Jeff Kent, right, is among 19 newcomers on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, which was released Tuesday.
Former Giants second baseman Jeff Kent, right, is among 19 newcomers on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, which was released Tuesday. ( Associated Press)

The 36-player ballot will include Sean Casey, Eric Gagne, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Paul Lo Duca, Richie Sexson, and Mike Timlin, the Hall said Tuesday.

Voters are the approximately 600 writers who have been members of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years at any point. Ballots are due by Dec. 31, and results will be announced Jan. 8.

Players elected along with choices announced Dec. 9 by the expansion era committee (1973 and later) will be inducted July 24 at Cooperstown. Among those on the committee ballot are retired managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre; late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner; and late players' union head Marvin Miller.


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Last year, the BBWAA failed for the first time since 1996 to produce any inductees. Craig Biggio came closest to receiving the necessary 75 percent, falling 39 shy with 388 (68.2 percent).

Jack Morris, who will be on the ballot for the final time this year, was second with 67.7 percent, followed by Jeff Bagwell (59.6), Mike Piazza (57.8), Tim Raines (52.2), Lee Smith (47.8) and Curt Schilling (38.8).

Making their first appearances on the ballot, Clemens was at 37.6 percent, Bonds at 36.2 and Sosa at 12.5. McGwire received 16.9 percent on his seventh try.

Oakland Athletics Frank Thomas watches their game against the Detroit Tigers during Game 1 of the American League Championship Series at McAfee Coliseum in
Oakland Athletics Frank Thomas watches their game against the Detroit Tigers during Game 1 of the American League Championship Series at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland in 2006. Thomas is on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, which was released Tuesday. ( D. Ross Cameron/ staff 10/10/06 Tribune Sports)

Players remain on the ballot if they receive at least 5 percent support and can stay in the voting for up to 15 years.

Other returnees include Don Mattingly, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Rafael Palmeiro, Alan Trammell and Larry Walker.