MLB Hall of Fame: Today’s Game Era Ballot Announced

Plaques in the main hallway identify inductee classes in the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum July 25, 2004 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
Plaques in the main hallway identify inductee classes in the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum July 25, 2004 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** /
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Lee Smith

Career: 3.03 ERA / 2.93 FIP / 1.256 WHIP / 29 WAR
Lee Smith appeared in 1022 games in his career and only started six of them. He played the better part of his career with the Chicago Cubs (8 yrs) and then was pretty much a hired gun, playing for seven other teams. appeared in seven All-Star games.

Smith led MLB in saves four times in his career and is third (478) on the all-time saves list behind Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman. He appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot 15 times from 2003-2017, never exceeding 50.6% of the vote.

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Orel Hershiser

Career: 3.48 ERA / 3.69 FIP / 1.261 WHIP / 56.3 WAR
Cy Young Award winner Orel Hershiser is best known for going 59 IP without allowing a run, the highest scoreless inning streak in MLB history. Hershiser won 23 games in 1988, the same year he won the Cy Young award.

Hershiser pitched the better part of his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers (13 yrs) though he did spend time with the Indians (3 yrs), Mets (1 yr), and Giants (1 yr).

Hershiser appeared in three All-Star games and led the league in IP three times in his career. In his career, he has amassed 68 CG and 25 SHO.

Hershiser has appeared in the HOF ballot two times in 2006 and 2007, never exceeding 11.2% of the vote.