Royals News: Voting Open For Royals' 2015 Hall Of Fame Class

The Kansas City Royals have opened the voting process for the team's 2015 Hall of Fame class, with fans being able to cast their vote online on January 16th.

Here's a snapshot of the players eligible to be voted in, courtesy of's Cash Kruth:

This year's eligible players include right-hander Brian Bannister (2007-10), shortstop Angel Berroa (2001-07), outfielder Al Cowens (1974-79), right-hander Al Fitzmorris (1969-76), outfielder Bo Jackson (1986-90), right-hander Gil Meche (2007-10), catcher Darrell Porter (1977-80), third baseman Kevin Seitzer (1986-91), first baseman Mike Sweeney (1996-07) and catcher/outfielder/first baseman John Wathan (1976-85).

Fan voting accounts for four of the 40 total votes, with four given to the highest vote-getter, three to for the second-highest and two to the third-highest. The remaining 36 votes will be cast be a collection of living members from the Royals Hall of Fame, along with a mish-mash of front office executives, Kansas City-area baseball writers (BBWA-certified), and members of the team's Board of Directors and electronic media staff.

Just like the MLB Hall of Fame, candidates need 75 percent of the vote to be elected. Those who receive 10 percent or less will be taken off the ballot.

To be eligible for the Royals Hall of Fame, a player must have played at least three seasons with the club, along with hitting a minimum benchmark of either 1,500 plate appearances or 300 innings pitched.

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