The 2020 ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame was released on Monday, and it features several former Indians hoping to grab enough votes, both as returning candidates and first-timers.
Omar Vizquel, Manny Ramirez and Jeff Kent are the three returning Indians players on the ballot.
Vizquel, entering his third year (players are eligible to remain on the BBWAA ballot for 10 years), was named on 42.8 percent of voters’ ballots a year ago. Players need 75 percent of the vote to be inducted.
One of the best defensive shortstops of all time, Vizquel won 11 Gold Gloves and earned a 28.4 defensive WAR, according to Baseball-Reference, good for 10th in MLB history. He also finished his career as the game’s all-time leader in fielding percentage among shortstops (.985).
But Vizquel’s Hall of Fame resume is lacking in some aspects. He had a lengthy career but never had the type of peak many Hall of Famers enjoy, and ranked in the top 20 in MVP voting just once. His JAWS (Jaffe Wins Above Replacement Score) of 36.2 ranks 42nd among shortstops; the average Hall of Fame shortstop has a JAWS of 54.8.
Ramirez (22.8 percent last year) and Kent (18.1 percent) join Vizquel with…