COOPERSTOWN – Comedian Jeff Foxworthy and former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw are among the 48,000 people expected to visit Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame’s Induction Weekend.
Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are scheduled to be inducted into the Hall of Plaques at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in ceremonies outside the Clark Sports Center.
“We’re excited!” said Craig Muder, the Hall’s director of communications. “This is what we live for!”
Biggio brings in a big turnout from his fellow Astros, including players Jeff Bagwell, Enos Cabell, Casey Candaele, Adam Everett, Charley Kerfeld and Bill Spiers, as well as owner Jim Crane, former managers Larry Dierker, Phil Garner and Art Howe, Reid Ryan, president of business operations, president of baseball operations Jeff Luhnow and former coach Matt Galante.
Toronto Blue Jays president Paul Beeston and Tigers president Dave Dombrowski will also be in town, as well as Tommy Harper; Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry; Dodgers president Stan Kasten; and Braves president John Schuerholz.
COOPERSTOWN – Cy Young award winner Randy Johnson tops the 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot as 17 names are added to the 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot as 17 names are added to consideration by the The Baseball Writers’ Association of America, the Hall of Fame announced this morning.
Joining Johnson are Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, along with sluggers Carlos Delgado and Gary Sheffield, two-time batting champion Nomar Garciaparra and lock-down closer Troy Percival.
Other first-time candidates include: Rich Aurilia, Aaron Boone, Tony Clark, Jermaine Dye, Darin Erstad, Cliff Floyd, Brian Giles, Tom Gordon, Eddie Guardado and Jason Schmidt.