Carew, Fingers await call as top candidates for Hall Results of voting to be released tonight

January 08, 1991|By Kent Baker

Seven-time American League batting champion Rod Carew and the major-league career record holder for saves, Rollie Fingers, are expected to be in the forefront when the 1991 inductees to baseball's Hall of Fame are announced tonight.

Both players were on the ballot for the first time this year.

In 19 seasons with the Minnesota Twins and California Angels, Carew posted a lifetime batting average of .328 with 3,053 hits. He was AL Rookie of the Year in 1967 and Most Valuable Player in 1977.

Fingers, who played for the Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers, recorded 341 saves in 17 seasons. With the Brewers in 1981, he won both the AL's MVP and Cy Young Award.

Among holdovers, the most prominent case is Jim Bunning, who is in his final year of eligibility and has just missed on several occasions.

Bunning won 100 games in both major leagues and was second on the all-time strikeout list (now 11th) when he retired in 1971.

Also on the ballot are 314-game winner Gaylord Perry, a Cy Young Award recipient in both leagues, and 284-game winner Ferguson Jenkins, who won the National League Cy Young Award in 1971.

Any player appearing on 75 percent of the ballots in voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America is elected.

The only former Baltimore Orioles on the list are Al Bumbry and John Lowenstein, neither of whom have Hall of Fame credentials.

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