Fan voting begins for Cardinals Hall of Fame

Ballot includes eight modern candidates; 2015 class to be announced April 30

Fan voting begins for Cardinals Hall of Fame

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals are once again asking fans to play a part in determining the next induction class for the organization's Hall of Fame.

A ballot with eight modern candidates -- Steve Carlton, Bob Forsch, Keith Hernandez, Mark McGwire, Matt Morris, Edgar Renteria, Ted Simmons and Joe Torre -- went live Monday on cardinals.com (cardinals.com/HOF), where fans can vote from now through April 20. The two players to receive the most votes will be enshrined into the Cardinals' Hall of Fame during an Aug. 15 ceremony.

The organization will announce their 2015 Hall of Fame class during a pregame ceremony on April 30. The class will also include a veteran player, selected by a Red Ribbon committee of Cardinals experts, and a fourth organizational pick. That club selection may be a coach, broadcaster or front-office member who has made longtime contributions to the Cardinals.

After discussing the candidacy of several former Cardinals, the Red Ribbon committee built the modern ballot that has now been handed over to fans. To be eligible, a player has to have spent at least three years with the Cardinals and have been retired from Major League Baseball for at least three years.

Any players who have been out of the game for 40-plus years are considered as veteran candidates.

The Cardinals opened their Hall of Fame and Museum at Ballpark Village last spring and have made the Hall of Fame Gallery free to visitors. It opened with the plaques of 22 players and managers -- all of whom had been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. -- already included. Jim Edmonds, Willie McGee, Marty Marion and Mike Shannon were then added last August.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB and like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.