The Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its player selections for induction into Cooperstown today. Players selected will join former Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, umpire Hank O'Day and 19th Century ballplayer Deacon White in the Hall of Fame Class of 2013. This year's ballot is a loaded one with names like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, along with old-timers like Dale Murphy (in his last year on the ballot) and Jack Morris (in his next-to-last year on the ballot). The stacked ballot, along with the complications of performance-enhancing drugs has led to confusion among writers, with some even refusing to return ballots (a noble act or a juvenile tantrum, depending on your point of view).
Among the eligible names on the ballot are five former Royals. To be eligible to be on the Hall of Fame ballot, a player must have played in the Major Leagues for ten seasons. Now, four of these players don't stand a chance of being inducted into the Hall of Fame, and including them with names like Barry Bonds makes them seem like crummy ballplayers. But in reality, it is quite a feat to last in the big leagues for ten seasons. So we salute these five fine ballplayers, who donned Royals blue.
Jeff Conine was a 58th round selection in the draft by the Royals in 1987, a draft that also netted them Kevin Appier (a borderline Hall of Famer) and Terry Shumpert (a starting second baseman for a year or two). It would be their last good draft for a couple of seasons (until 1991 when they landed Mike Sweeney and Joe Randa).
Five Former Royals Await the Call from Cooperstown
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