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Francisco Rodriguez, Jered Weaver lead list of former Angels to debut on Hall of Fame ballot

Francisco Rodriguez, who set the single-season saves record with the Angels, and Jered Weaver, whose 150 victories with the Angels ranks second in franchise history, are among the five former Angels who are making their debuts on the Hall of Fame ballot this year.

First baseman Mike Napoli and right-handers John Lackey and Huston Street are also among the 14 players who are new to the ballot, which was released on Monday. Voters have until Dec. 31 to mail in their ballots, and the results will be announced on Jan. 24.

Outfielders Bobby Abreu and Torii Hunter are among the 14 holdovers on the ballot. Last year Abreu was named o 8.6% of the ballots and Hunter on 5.3%.

Last year, slugger David Ortiz was the only player to earn the 75% required for induction. Third baseman Scott Rolen (63.2%), first baseman Todd Helton (52.0%) and left-hander Billy Wagner (51.0%) earned the most votes among the players returning to the ballot.

Of the new players, Rodriguez is among those with the strongest case to eventually make it to Cooperstown.

Rodriguez amassed 437 saves over his 16 year career, starting with the Angels and also pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles. The three pitchers above him on the list are all in the Hall of Fame: Mariano Rivera (652), Trevor Hoffman (601) and Lee Smith (478). No one below Rodriguez has been elected, though. Rodriguez set the record with 62 saves with the Angels in 2008.

Street, who finished his career with the Angels, had 324 saves.

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