Former Oakland Athletics stars Eric Chavez and Jason Giambi have been named to the 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.
The 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame nominees were named on Monday morning. The most popular newcomer on the list is New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter, but Oakland Athletics fans should have something to cheer for.
It is highly expected that Jeter will be elected to the HOF unanimously, just like his former teammate Mariano Rivera was last year. For A’s fans though, two other names stuck out, Eric Chavez and Jason Giambi.
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Giambi played for the A’s from 1995 through 2001 and then again in 2009. Chavez is one of the most recognized A’s players of the 21st century. He was a staple at the hot corner from 1998 through 2010.
‘Chavy’ was never named to an All-Star team surprisingly, though he does have six Gold Gloves and a Silver Slugger award to his name.
Personally, as a lifelong A’s fan, I would especially love to see Chavez recognized in Cooperstown. When I attended my first A’s game back when I was 5-years-old, Chavez was the first player I laid my eyes on and I have loved him ever since.
I remember returning home from the game and my mom asking if there were any cute players. I replied, “Eric Chavez.” And I still stand by that statement almost 20 years later.
Players remain on the ballot for up to 10 years, as long as they receive at least five percent of the vote annually.
Ballots are sent to more than 400 Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) members. Each player must receive 75 percent of the vote to gain election. Ballots must be mailed by December 31st and results will be announced on January 21st.
Do you think Chavez and/or Giambi will be elected to the HOF in January?