St. Louis Cardinals fans can begin voting for the team’s Hall of Fame class of 2015.
Voting began Monday for fans to choose two of the following nominees to be inducted Aug. 15: Steve Carlton, Bob Forsch, Keith Hernandez, Mark McGwire, Matt Morris, Edgar Renteria, Ted Simmons and Joe Torre.
The modern ballot nominees were chose by a “Red Ribbon” committee of Cardinals baseball experts through a secret ballot process in January.
The Hall of Fame vote, presented by Edward Jones, will run until April 20 at www.cardinals.com/HOF.
The two with the most votes will be inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame on Aug. 15, the Saturday of Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Weekend.
“Induction into the Cardinals Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors the team can bestow,” said Bill DeWitt Jr., the Cardinals’ CEO. “We think it is appropriate to have some of the best, most knowledgeable fans in the game of baseball choose the Cardinals players who will be part of this class.”
The “Red Ribbon” panel also elected a veteran player for induction in August, and the ballclub may also choose to induct an individual who was instrumental in the team’s history, such as a coach, broadcaster or front office official.
Last year, Willie McGee and Jim Edmonds were chosen by the fans.
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The nominees, in alphabetical order:
Carlton was 77-62 with the Cardinals, making the All-Star Team three times and winning 20 games in 1971.
Forsch is the only Cardinals pitcher to throw two no-hitters, spent 15 seasons with St. Louis, and was a member of the 1982 World Series team.
Hernandez played 109 seasons with the Cardinals, winning six consecutive Gold Gloves and shared MVP honors with Willie Stargell in 1979.
McGwire spent five seasons with St. Louis, hitting a then-record 70 home runs in 1998. He hit 220 round-trippers in those five seasons, averaging 54 homers a year.
Morris won 101 games in nine seasons with the Cardinals, making the All-Star Team twice and appearing in the 2004 World Series.
Renteria spent six seasons with St. Louis, helping lead them to the 2004 National League pennant, and made the All-Star Team three times.
Simmons hit .298 in 13 years with the Cardinals, making the All-Star Team six times and hitting 20 homers or more in six seasons. He drove in 75 runs in 10 consecutive seasons, and was widely regarded as one of the best switch-hitting catchers in baseball history.
Torre made the All-Star Team four times in six years with the Cardinals, and won the MVP Award after hitting a league-high .363 with 230 hits, 24 homers and 137 RBIs in 1971.