Former White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle among new candidates for Hall of Fame

Former White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle and former Cubs infielder Aramis Ramirez are among 11 new candidates appearing on the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot.

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Former Mark Buehrle pitcher is among the newcomers on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.

Former Mark Buehrle pitcher is among the newcomers on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.

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Former White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle is among 11 new candidates appearing on the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot being mailed this week to more than 400 voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Buehrle and former Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez are among those who will join 14 holdovers from the 2020 balloting that saw Derek Jeter and Larry Walker elected to Cooperstown.

Buehrle, who had his No. 56 retired by the Sox in 2017, pitched the first 12 of his 16 seasons with the team. He was a five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner who pitched 200 or more innings 14 seasons in a row (2001-14). He was 214-160 with a 3.81 ERA in a career that featured 33 complete games, 10 shutouts and two no-hitters, including a perfect game.

In 2005, Buehrle was 16-8 with a 3.12 ERA for the Sox’ World Series title team. He finished his career with the Marlins and Blue Jays.

In 18 seasons, Ramirez collected 386 home runs, 2,303 hits and 1,417 RBI, which ranks sixth among third basemen. He played for the Cubs in 2003-11.

To be elected, candidates must be named on 75% of ballots. Holdovers named on more than half of the ballots cast last year were right-handers Curt Schilling (70%) and Roger Clemens (61%), outfielder Barry Bonds (60.7%) and shortstop Omar Vizquel (52.6%).

Former Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa, who hit 609 homers during his 18-year career, is on his ninth year of a possible 10 on the ballot. He received 13.9% of the vote in 2020.

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