PHILADELPHIA (CBS)— Former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Pat Burrell and slugger Matt Stairs are making their first appearance on the MLB Hall of Fame ballot for 2017.
The Baseball Writers Association of America released the official 34-player ballot, including 15 holdovers from last year and 19 newcomers.
To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a player must have played at least 10 years in MLB and played their final game at least five years ago.
“Pat the Bat” hit 292 home runs in his 13-year career with Phillies, Rays and Giants.
Stairs led the MLB’s all-time record holder for pinch-hit home runs with 23 over the course of his 19-year big league career.
Both Burrell and Stairs were members for the Philles 2008 World Series Team.
The results of the BBWAA election will be announced on Jan. 18.
See the full 2017 ballot HERE.