Jones County's Rondell White, Former Braves on HOF Ballot | News
The latest ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame has been released, and understandably, all the attention is on Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa--some of the biggest stars of the so-called "Steroid Era."
But local baseball fans will recognize a few familiar names appearing on the ballot for the first time.
Like, Gray native Rondell White, an electric outfielder who played the game with such fervor he once ruptured his spleen on a diving play.
White broke into the bigs in 1993 with the Montreal Expos--who have since relocated to Washington, D.C., and been renamed the Nationals--but injuries robbed him of much of his career.
He played for seven clubs in all, including the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins.
With a career .284 batting average, 198 homers and 94 steals, White was a solid and often good player, but his bronze bust almost certainly won't be enshrined in Coopertown's hallowed halls.
He'll have good company with other often outstanding but not Hall-worthy players, like former Atlanta Braves outfielders Ryan Klesko, Kenny Lofton, Reggie Sanders, pitcher Mike Stanton and the ageless Julio Franco, who hit .309 as a 45-year-old first baseman.
They join Braves greats Dale Murphy and Fred McGriff, who had enough votes to stay on the ballot but not enough to get in the Hall.
Candidates must be named on 75 percent of the ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America with 10 or more consecutive years' experience to gain entry into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Of course, the Hall will almost certainly welcome some Braves next year as pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine join the ballot. Their rotation mate John Smoltz goes up for the vote in 2014.
Results from the balloting will be announced January 9, 2013.