Orel Hershiser, John Wetteland HoF elgible

Former Cy Young Award winner Orel Hershiser and relief pitcher John Wetteland are among 14 first-year candidates on the 2006 Hall of Fame ballot that will be mailed later this week to more than 550 voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

They join 15 hold-overs from the 2005 balloting in which Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg were elected. Bruce Sutter, the 1979 National League Cy Young Award winner, was 43 votes shy of the total required for election last year.

Other Dodgers on the ballot are 1B Steve Garvey (14th year) and LHP Tommy John (12th year).

Candidates must be named on 75 percent of the ballots cast to gain entry into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Sutter was listed on 66.7 percent of the record 516 ballots submitted.

Candidates may remain on the ballot for a maximum of 15 years, and must obtain votes on at least 5% of ballots cast to remain on the ballot.

The Ballot Rick Aguilera: 1st year on the ballot… Pitched 16 seasons…Two seasons with 40-plus saves, six seasons with 30-plus saves and nine seasons with 20-plus saves.

ALBERT BELLE: 1st year on the ballot… Played 12 seasons…Named Major League Player of the Year by The Sporting News in 1995…Named to five All-Star teams (1993-97)…One season with 50-plus home runs, three seasons with 40-plus home runs, eight seasons with 30-plus home runs.

BERT BLYLEVEN: 9th year on the ballot… Pitched 22 seasons… Ranks 5th all-time in strikeouts, 8th in starts, 9th in shutouts, 24th in wins, and 7th in innings pitched. Uncle of Dodger pitching prospect Brian Pilkington.

WILL CLARK: 1st year on the ballot… Played 15 seasons…Finished in the top 10 in NL MVP voting in 1987 (5th), 1988 (5th), 1989 (2nd) and 1991 (4th)…Six All-Star teams (1988-92, 1994).

DAVE CONCEPCION: 13th year on the ballot… Played 19 seasons, all with the Cincinnati Reds… Won five Gold Gloves (1974-'77, ‘79).

ANDRE DAWSON: 5th year on the ballot… Played 21 seasons…Named NL Rookie of the Year by the BBWAA and The Sporting News in 1977… Won the NL MVP Award in 1987.

GARY DiSARCINA: 1st year on the ballot…Played 12 seasons…Finished in the top 20 in AL MVP voting in 1995 (19th)…One All-Star team (1995).

ALEX FERNANDEZ: 1st year on the ballot…Pitched 10 seasons…Five seasons with 10-plus wins, three seasons with 15-plus wins.

GARY GAETTI: 1st year on the ballot…Played 20 seasons…Finished in the top 25 in AL MVP voting in 1986 (16th), 1987 (10th), 1988 (22nd) and 1995 (10th)…Two All-Star teams (1988-89)…Won four AL Gold Gloves (1986-89).V

STEVE GARVEY: 14th year on the ballot… Played 19 seasons…Won the 1974 NL MVP… Also finished in top 10 in NL MVP voting in 1976 (T6th), ‘77 (6th), ‘78 (2nd) and ‘80 (6th)…All-time major league fielding leader among first basemen (.9959)… Ten All-Star teams, including eight consecutively (1974-'81, '84-'85); batted .393 with seven RBI and two HR in 28 ASG at-bats… Holds ASG record for most games played at 1B (10)…Named ASG MVP in 1974 and ‘78… Won four NL Gold Gloves, consecutively (1974-‘77)… Eight seasons with .300-plus batting average and six seasons with 200-plus hits… 100-plus RBI five times, 20-plus HR six times, and 30-plus doubles seven times… Led NL in hits twice (1978, '80)… Holds ML records among 1B for most consecutive errorless games, season (159), in 1984 (entire season); most consecutive errorless chances, season (1,319), 1984; and most consecutive errorless games, career (193), 1983-‘85… Holds NL record for most consecutive errorless chances accepted, 1B, (1,633), 1983-85… Led NL 1B in games nine times (1975-'81, '84-'85), putouts six times (1974-'78, '85), fielding average five times (1975-'77, '81, '84), total chances five times (1974,'75, '77, '78, '85), and DPs once (1985)… One NL Division Series (1981); batted .368 with four RBI and two HR in 19 NLDS at-bats… Five NL Championship Series (1974, ‘77, ‘78, ‘81, ‘84); hit .356 in 90 NLCS at-bats… Holds career NLCS record for HR (8) and RBI (21)…Named MVP of NLCS (1978, '84)… Five World Series (1974, ‘77, ‘78, ‘81, ‘84); batted .319 with six RBI and five doubles in 113 WS at-bats… Two errors in 55 post-season games… Member of 1981 WS championship team.

DWIGHT GOODEN: 1st year on the ballot…Pitched 16 seasons…Named 1985 NL Cy Young Award winner capturing pitching's "Triple Crown"…Led the NL in strikeouts in 1984 (276) at age 19, setting a major league rookie record.

RICH GOSSAGE: 7th year on the ballot… Pitched 22 seasons… Led the AL in saves three times (1975, '78, '80)… Two seasons with 30-plus saves… Named The Sporting News AL Fireman of the Year in 1975 and '78.

OZZIE GUILLEN: 1st year on the ballot…Played 16 seasons, 13 with the Chicago White Sox…Named to three All-Star teams (1988, '90-'91)…Named the 1985 American League Rookie of the Year.

OREL HERSHISHER: 1st year on the ballot…Pitched 18 seasons, 12 with the Los Angeles Dodgers…Won 1988 NL Cy Young Award…Also received Cy Young Award votes in 1985 (3rd), '87 (4th), '89 (4th)…Finished sixth in 1988 MVP voting…Named Major League Baseball Player of the Year in 1988…Named 1988 Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News …Named NLCS and WS MVP in 1988…Named ALCS MVP in 1995…Named to three All-Star teams (1987-'89)…In 1988, led NL in wins (23), innings (267), complete games (15), shutouts (8), and sacrifice hits (19)…Also led NL in innings three times (1987-'89), shutouts (4, 1984), winning percentage (.864, 19-3, 1985) and losses twice (15, 1989 and 1992)…Won Gold Glove Award in 1988…Won Silver Slugger Award in 1993…Finished among top 5 in ERA five times (1984-'85, '87-'89)…Established major league record with 59 consecutive scoreless innings to end the 1988 season…Threw 2 career one-hitters and fanned 10 or more batters 6 times…In 12 career postseason series, was 8-3, 2.59 in 22 games/18 starts…In 1988 Series was 2-0, 1.00 (2 er/18 ip) in 2 starts…In 6 career World Series starts, 3-3, 4.07…Member of 1988 World Championship team.

GREGG JEFFERIES: 1st year on the ballot…Played 14 seasons…Named to two All-Star teams (1993, 1994).

TOMMY JOHN: 12th year on the ballot…Pitched 26 seasons… Three 20-win seasons… Ranks 23rd on the all-time win list, 6th in games started, 17th in innings pitched, and tied for 26th in shutouts… Four All-Star teams (1968, '78-'80)… Received Cy Young Award votes four times: 1977 (2nd), '78 (T8th), ‘79 (2nd) and '80 (4th)… Named NL Comeback Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1976)… NL in winning percentage once in 1974 (13-3, .813)… With 26 years played, tied for 2nd most in ML history and 2nd most among pitchers… Five League Championship Series (1977-‘78, ‘80-‘82); owns a 4-1 record with a 2.08 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 47.2 LCS innings.

DOUG JONES: 1st year on the ballot…Pitched 16 seasons with 7 teams…Named to five All-Star teams (1988-'90, '92, '94)…One 40 save season…Five seasons with 30 or more saves.

DON MATTINGLY: 6th year on the ballot… Played 14 seasons, all with the New York Yankees… Won 1985 AL MVP Award… Won AL Gold Glove award nine times (1985-‘89, '91-‘94)… Named AL Player of the Year by The Sporting News three times, consecutively (1984-‘86).

WILLIE MCGEE: 2nd year on the ballot and only returnee among 2005 first-year eligibles…Played 18 seasons… Named NL MVP by BBWAA and NL Player of the Year by The Sporting News in 1985… Won NL Gold Glove award three times (1983, '85, '86).

HAL MORRIS: 1st year on the ballot…Played 13 seasons, 10 with Cincinnati…Twice among top five in NL batting average (1991, '94).

JACK MORRIS: 7th year on the ballot… Pitched 18 seasons, 14 with the Detroit Tigers… Three 20-win seasons, 11 seasons with 200-plus innings and three 200-strikeout campaigns.

DALE MURPHY: 8th year on the ballot… Played 18 seasons, 15 with the Atlanta Braves… Won NL MVP Award twice in 1982-‘83… Twice named The Sporting News ' NL Player of the Year in 1982-‘83… Seven All-Star teams (1980, '82-'87).

DAVE PARKER: 10th year on the ballot… Played 19 seasons… Named NL MVP by BBWAA and The Sporting News Player of the Year in 1978… Finished in top 10 MVP voting five other times.

JIM RICE: 12th year on the ballot… Played 16 seasons, all with the Boston Red Sox… Named AL MVP by BBWAA and The Sporting News Player of the Year in 1978.

LEE SMITH: 4th year on the ballot… Pitched 18 seasons… Holds ML career record for most saves (478)… All-time major league leader in games finished (802) and ranks 8th in games pitched (1022)… Ranks 3rd in NL for most career saves (347).

BRUCE SUTTER: 13th year on the ballot… Pitched 12 seasons… Revolutionized the split-fingered fastball… Led NL in saves five times in 1979 (37), '80 (28), '81 (25), '82 (36), and '84 (45) and games finished once in 1984 (63).

ALAN TRAMMELL: 5th year on the ballot… Played 20 seasons, all with the Detroit Tigers… Seven .300 batting average seasons.

WALT WEISS: 1st year on the ballot…Played 14 seasons…Named to one All-Star team (1998)…Named AL Rookie of the Year in 1988.

JOHN WETTELAND: 1st year on the ballot…Pitched 12 seasons…Ninth on the all-time saves list with 330…Named to three All-Star teams (1996, 1998, 1999)…Named World Series MVP in 1996…Won AL Rolaids Relief Award in 1996…Named AL Fireman of the Year in 1996 by The Sporting News …Finished eighth in 1999 AL Cy Young Award…Led AL in saves (43) in 1996…Four 40-save seasons…Eight 30-save seasons…Nine times finished in top five in league in saves…Reached 300 saves in 570 games, fourth fastest to milestone…Seven times finished in top five in league in games finished…Four times received MVP votes (1992-'93, '96, '98)…Saved all four New York wins in the 1996 World Series to earn MVP honors…Seven saves in 17 career postseason games…Allowed one run in 4.1 innings in all 4 Yankee wins in 1996 Series, his lone WS appearance…Member of 1996 World Championship team.

Sellers Market-- As an indication of what GM Ned Colletti is up against trying to land a starting pitcher, check these former Dodgers who just signed. Outfielder Juan Encarnacion agreed to a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. Encarnacion, who turns 30 in March, gets a $15 million, three-year deal. Encarnacion He hit .287 with 16 home runs and 76 RBIs last season for Florida, the best season of his eight-year career, and is a career .268 hitter with 128 homers and 119 stolen base. And …Utility infielder Jose Vizcaino returned to the San Francisco Giants, agreeing Friday to a $1.25 million, one-year contract. The 37-year-old Vizcaino, who can earn about $400,000 more in performance bonuses. The 16-year veteran is a switch-hitter with a career .271 batting average with 34 home runs, 472 RBIs, 614 runs scored and 74 stolen bases in 1,740 career games.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Steve Howe, one time Dodger reliever, has a career that ended in 1996. Now Howe's 18-year-old son, Brian, was arrested earlier this month and charged with possession of a controlled substance, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. Brian Howe is a senior at Valencia High School and plays on the baseball team. Steve Howe was the 1980 National League Rookie of the Year for the Dodgers before later being suspended seven times for substance abuse. … The Dodgers have had discussions with the Boston Red Sox the last about obtaining starting pitcher David Wells, but two sources said a deal is not imminent because the asking price has been too high. The Red Sox want relief pitcher Yhency Brazoban and a top prospect in return, but the Dodgers are reluctant to part with any of the minor league standouts expected to break into the big leagues by 2007. Wells has appeal because he has one year left on a contract that calls for a base salary of only $2.5 million. Incentives based on innings pitched could hike the total to $7.5 million. Wells, 41, was 15-7 in 184 innings last season. … Quote of the Week-- "Come into my office and look at the free-agent board. It's not overrun with 162-game players that are MVPs or All-Stars. .... Knowing his accomplishments, knowing how he works, knowing the character of the player -- it's worth a chance. There's risk with everybody you bring in. But with him, there's more upside than most." -- GM Ned Colletti on signing five-time All-Star Nomar Garciaparra, coming off two injury-filled seasons. …

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