- Here are statistics, videos, Twitter comments and other information about the top candidates eligible for this year's Baseball Hall of Fame. Order is based on vote totals of 19 members of the BBWAA who are reporters or editors at Digital First Media properties. To gain entry to the Hall a player needs to be named on 75 percent of the overall BBWAA ballots submitted. The outcome will be announced Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. ET.
- Years on the ballot: 14th
- Last year's vote: 66.7%
- This year's vote (based on DFM survey): 73.7%
- Stat profile: Pitched 18 years (1977-94) for Detroit, Minnesota, Toronto and Cleveland. Twice led the American League in wins (1981 with 14, 1992 with 21). In 1983 led the league in innings pitched (293 2/3) and strikeouts (232). In 1986 led the league in shutouts with six. Led the AL in games started in both 1990 and 1991 with 36 and 35. Is tied for 42nd on the career wins list with 254; ranks 32nd on career strikeouts list with 2,478.
- Years on the ballot: 3rd
- Last year's vote: 56 percent
- This year's vote (based on DFM survey): 68.4%
- Stat profile: Played 15 years (1991-2005), all for the Houston Astros, batting .297 with 449 home runs and 1,529 RBI. Had a career on-base percentage of .408 and a career slugging average of .580. First baseman was National League Rookie of the Year in 1991 and MVP in 1994, when he won the Gold Glove at first base and hit .368 with 39 homers, a .451 on-base average and a .750 slugging average. Led the NL in runs scored three times. Played 162 games four times. Had two 30-steal/40-homer seasons. Is tied for 36th on the all-time home run list; 41st on the all-time on-base list; 37th on the all-time slugging list, and 22nd on the all-time on-base-plus-slugging list.
- Years on the ballot: 6th.
- Last year's vote: 48.7%
- This year's vote (based on DFM survey): 63.2%