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November 24, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Randy Johnson joins Edgar Martinez on the 2015 Hall of Fame ballot

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Mullet-tastic (Seattle Times file photo)

The ballot for the 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame class was released today. Former Mariners’ ace Randy Johnson makes his first appearance on the ballot along with 16 other newcomers.

Johnson should be a lock to be inducted even in his first year of eligibility. His resume is pretty impeccable, starting with 303 career wins, 4,875 strikeouts and five Cy Young awards, including one with the Mariners in 1995 and four straight with the Diamondbacks from 1999-2002. Johnson finished second for the Cy Young three different times and was named to 10 all-star teams. It’s safe to say that Johnson will be wearing a D’Backs hat on his Hall of Fame bust, but he was still a major part of the Mariners’ magical run in 1995.

Check out his numbers …

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Meanwhile, Edgar Martinez is back on the ballot for the sixth straight season. His percentage of votes dropped from 35.9 in 2013 to 25.2 in 2014. Martinez now not only faces the challenge of new faces like Johnson and Pedro Martinez taking spots on voters’ ballots, but he also faces a time component. The Hall of Fame has reduced the number of years can remain on a ballot from 15 years to 10 years. Martinez has just four classes to achieve the necessary 75 percent of the vote for induction. After that, his only consideration will be from one of three veterans committees.

Two other former Mariners – Eddie Guardado and Rich Aurilia – are on the ballot by eligibility. They must receive at least 5 percent of the vote this season to remain on there.

Here’s the 34 candidates in alphabetical order … and here’s bios from the Hall of Fame

  • Rich Aurilia
  • Jeff Bagwell
  • Craig Biggio
  • Barry Bonds
  • Aaron Boone
  • Tony Clark
  • Roger Clemens
  • Carlos Delgado
  • Jermaine Dye
  • Darin Erstad
  • Cliff Floyd
  • Nomar Garciaparra
  • Brian Giles
  • Tom Gordon
  • Eddie Guardado
  • Randy Johnson
  • Jeff Kent
  • Edgar Martinez
  • Pedro Martinez
  • Don Mattingly
  • Fred McGriff
  • Mark McGwire
  • Mike Mussina
  • Troy Percival
  • Mike Piazza
  • Tim Raines
  • Curt Schilling
  • Jason Schmidt
  • Gary Sheffield
  • Lee Smith
  • John Smoltz
  • Sammy Sosa
  • Alan Trammell
  • Larry Walker

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