Derek Jeter leads newcomers on Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Derek Jeter led the nearly two dozen newcomers on the 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot that was released Monday as he looks to become the newest former New York Yankees star in Cooperstown.

Jeter, now the current Miami Marlins CEO, is thought to have the best shot to be selected into the hallowed halls unanimously. The 14-time All-Star shortstop played 20 seasons with the Yankees, won five World Series titles, had a career batting average of .310 and recorded 3,465 hits.

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New York Yankees' Derek Jeter (2) reacts after hitting a fly-out during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

New York Yankees' Derek Jeter (2) reacts after hitting a fly-out during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, April 18, 2012. (AP)

Other newcomers on the ballot include Cliff Lee, Josh Beckett, Paul Konerko, Rafael Furcal, Bobby Abreu, and Alfonso Soriano.

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are among the holdovers from ballots past. Bonds received 59.1 percent of the vote while Clemens received 59.5 percent of the vote on last year’s ballot. Both players are on the ballot for the eighth time.

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More than 400 Baseball Writers Association of America members with at least 10 consecutive years in the organization are set to vote on which candidates make it to the Hall of Fame. A player must receive at least 75 percent of the vote. Ballots are mailed in by Dec. 31 and the nominees are announced Jan. 21

Players can remain on the ballot for up to 10 years as long as they receive more than 5 percent of the vote annually.

Former San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Former San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, and Mike Mussina were elected last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.