Every other year (or the odd years), the KC Royals conduct voting for their team’s Hall of Fame, the portion that focuses on former players.
To be eligible for the first time, players must have been an active Royals player for at least three seasons and accumulated at least 1,500 plate appearances or 300 innings pitched during that time. These eligible players must be inactive in playing baseball for at least three calendar years preceding the election.
The 2015 voting class consists of four first-time eligible players, along with six who received at least 10% of the vote back in 2013. To be elected, a player must receive 75% of the vote (the same as the National Baseball Hall of Fame).
The four first-time eligible players are:
Right-handed pitcher Brian Bannister, who pitched for the Royals from 2007-2010 and is an all-around good guy, shortstop and former Rookie of the Year Angel Berroa, who played with the Royals from 2001-2007, lefty Gil Meche, who pitched for the Royals from 2007-2010, and first baseman/DH Mike Sweeney, who played with the Royals from 1996-2007.
From this first-time group, I see Sweeney being inducted this year easily. He was Mr. Kansas City (and still is) during his playing days with the Royals.
The following are the returning members:
Outfielder Al Cowens, who played for the Royals from 1974-1979, right-hander Al Fitzmorris, who pitched for the Royals from 1969-1976, outfielder Bo Jackson, who played for the Royals from 1986-1990, catcher Darrell Porter, who played for the Royals from 1977-1980, third baseman Kevin Seitzer, who played for the Royals from 1986-1991, and catcher/outfielder/first baseman John Wathan, who played for the Royals from 1976-1985.
I am kind of surprised that Bo Jackson wasn’t voted in already. I mean, if he had never gotten hurt or played football, he would have been one of the greatest players EVER.
Voting for the 2015 class ends tomorrow at noon for fans online. You can either tweet your votes or vote via the link up to 10 times a day.
Voting for the Royals HOF also comes from the living members of the Royals HOF, the Royals Board of Directors, the Royals front office, the Kansas City Chapter of the BWAA, and Kansas City electronic media representatives.