Updated "Franchise Four" balloting results announced

Voting at MLB.com/FranchiseFour Concludes on Friday, May 8th 17.4 Million Votes Cast So Far, With Close Races Throughout Campaign Aaron, Mays, Koufax and Seaver Top "Greatest Living Players"; Ryan on Three Lists; Ichiro, Aparicio, Walter Johnson, Robin Roberts and Hornsby Join Leaders

Major League Baseball today released the updated current leaders of the "Franchise Four" campaign, which allows fans to vote for the most impactful players who best represent each Major League franchise and several other significant categories in the sport's history. The winners of the month-long period of fan voting on MLB.com/FranchiseFour will be announced during pregame ceremonies before Baseball's 86th All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on FOX.

With more than 17.4 million votes cast so far and close races throughout the 33 categories, the highlights of the current leaders include the following:

  • Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax and Tom Seaver continue to lead in the "Greatest Living Players" category.
  • Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan appears on the Franchise Fours of the Los Angeles Angels, the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers. The only other player to appear on multiple Club Franchise Fours is Vladimir Guerrero (Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Angels). 
  • Nine different franchises - the Baltimore Orioles, the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Minnesota Twins, the New York Yankees, the Oakland Athletics, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals - have four Hall of Famers representing them in their respective Franchise Fours.
  • The changes since the first balloting update issued on April 22nd are as follows: Luis Aparicio has passed Harold Baines to join the group of leaders for the White Sox; Walter Johnson has passed Tony Oliva to join the group of the Twins' franchise leaders, including their Senators roots; Robin Roberts has passed Chase Utley to join the Phillies' leaders; Rogers Hornsby has passed Ozzie Smith to join the Cardinals' leaders; and Ichiro Suzuki has passed Randy Johnson to join the Mariners' leaders.

Through Friday, May 8th, fans can visit MLB.com/FranchiseFour to select the four most impactful players who best represent the history of each franchise out of eight choices from its lineage. An additional write-in option is available to fans on the ballot, which also can be accessed on their mobile devices. Eight players were selected based on the recommendations of a blue-ribbon panel, in consultation with the 30 Clubs. The panel was asked to identify "the most impactful players who best represent the history of each franchise (or special category)" for the ballot.

The panelists were MLB's Official Historian John Thorn and representatives from MLB's official statistician, the Elias Sports Bureau; MLB.com; MLB Network; and the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA). In addition to the 30 franchises, fans can vote for three special categories: the "Greatest Living Players"; the greatest Negro Leagues Players; and the sport's greatest Pioneers, encompassing players whose careers began more than a century ago.

The top four players who currently lead each category and all the players on the ballot at MLB.com/FranchiseFour can be viewed below.

A.L. FRANCHISE

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Baltimore Orioles

Cal Ripken, Jr.

Brooks Robinson

Jim Palmer

Frank Robinson

Paul Blair, Dave McNally, Eddie Murray, Boog Powell

Boston Red Sox

Ted Williams

Carl Yastrzemski

David Ortiz

Pedro Martinez

Dwight Evans, Carlton Fisk, Jim Rice, Cy Young

Chicago White Sox

Frank Thomas

Paul Konerko

Minnie Minoso

Luis Aparicio

Luke Appling, Harold Baines, Eddie Collins, Nellie Fox

Cleveland Indians

Bob Feller

Jim Thome

Omar Vizquel

Larry Doby

Earl Averill, Lou Boudreau, Nap Lajoie, Tris Speaker

Detroit Tigers

Al Kaline

Ty Cobb

Miguel Cabrera

Hank Greenberg

Sam Crawford, Charlie Gehringer, Alan Trammell, Justin Verlander

Houston Astros

Craig Biggio

Jeff Bagwell

Nolan Ryan

Lance Berkman

Jose Cruz, J.R. Richard, Mike Scott, Jimmy Wynn

Kansas City Royals

George Brett

Frank White

Bret Saberhagen

Dan Quisenberry

Alex Gordon, Hal McRae, Amos Otis, Willie Wilson

Los Angeles Angels

Nolan Ryan

Mike Trout

Tim Salmon

Vladimir Guerrero

Garret Anderson, Brian Downing, Chuck Finley, Jim Fregosi

Minnesota Twins

Harmon Killebrew

Kirby Puckett

Rod Carew

Walter Johnson

Bert Blyleven, Jim Kaat, Joe Mauer, Tony Oliva

New York Yankees

Babe Ruth

Lou Gehrig

Mickey Mantle

Joe DiMaggio

Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera

Oakland Athletics

Rickey Henderson

Jimmie Foxx

Dennis Eckersley

Reggie Jackson

Rollie Fingers, Lefty Grove, Catfish Hunter, Al Simmons

Seattle Mariners

Ken Griffey, Jr.

Edgar Martinez

Felix Hernandez

Ichiro Suzuki

Jay Buhner, Alvin Davis, Randy Johnson, Jamie Moyer

Tampa Bay Rays

Evan Longoria

David Price

James Shields

Ben Zobrist

Carl Crawford, Scott Kazmir, Carlos Peña, Melvin Upton, Jr.

Texas Rangers

Ivan Rodriguez

Nolan Ryan

Michael Young

Adrian Beltre

Juan Gonzalez, Josh Hamilton, Frank Howard, Rafael Palmeiro

Toronto Blue Jays

Roberto Alomar

Roy Halladay

Joe Carter

Carlos Delgado

Jose Bautista, George Bell, Tony Fernandez, Dave Stieb

           

N.L. FRANCHISE

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Other Candidates (*Listed Alphabetically*)

Arizona Diamondbacks

Randy Johnson

Luis Gonzalez

Curt Schilling

Paul Goldschmidt

Steve Finley, Mark Grace, Brandon Webb, Matt Williams

Atlanta Braves

Hank Aaron

Chipper Jones

Greg Maddux

Warren Spahn

Tom Glavine, Eddie Mathews, Dale Murphy, John Smoltz

Chicago Cubs

Ernie Banks

Ryne Sandberg

Ron Santo

Billy Williams

Three Finger Brown, Gabby Hartnett, Ferguson Jenkins, Sammy Sosa

Cincinnati Reds

Pete Rose

Johnny Bench

Joe Morgan

Barry Larkin

Dave Concepcion, Eric Davis, Tony Perez, Frank Robinson

Colorado Rockies

Todd Helton

Larry Walker

Andres Galarraga

Troy Tulowitzki

Dante Bichette, Vinny Castilla, Carlos Gonzalez, Matt Holliday

Los Angeles Dodgers

Sandy Koufax

Jackie Robinson

Duke Snider

Don Drysdale

Roy Campanella, Steve Garvey, Clayton Kershaw, Fernando Valenzuela

Miami Marlins

Jeff Conine

Giancarlo Stanton

Mike Lowell

Gary Sheffield

Josh Beckett, Luis Castillo, Livan Hernandez, Charles Johnson

Milwaukee Brewers

Robin Yount

Paul Molitor

Cecil Cooper

Rollie Fingers

Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Jim Gantner, Gorman Thomas

New York Mets

Tom Seaver

Mike Piazza

David Wright

Keith Hernandez

Gary Carter, John Franco, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry

Philadelphia Phillies

Mike Schmidt

Steve Carlton

Richie Ashburn

Robin Roberts

Jim Bunning, Chuck Klein, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley

Pittsburgh Pirates

Roberto Clemente

Honus Wagner

Willie Stargell

Bill Mazeroski

Barry Bonds, Ralph Kiner, Pie Traynor, Paul Waner

St. Louis Cardinals

Stan Musial

Bob Gibson

Lou Brock

Rogers Hornsby

Dizzy Dean, Albert Pujols, Red Schoendienst, Ozzie Smith

San Diego Padres

Tony Gwynn

Trevor Hoffman

Dave Winfield

Randy Jones

Nate Colbert, Steve Garvey, Adrian Gonzalez, Jake Peavy

San Francisco Giants

Willie Mays

Willie McCovey

Barry Bonds

Buster Posey

Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, Christy Mathewson, Mel Ott

Washington Nationals

Andre Dawson

Gary Carter

Vladimir Guerrero

Tim Raines

Dennis Martinez, Steve Rogers, Rusty Staub, Ryan Zimmerman

           

SPECIAL CATEGORY

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Other Candidates (*Listed Alphabetically*)

Greatest Living Players

Hank Aaron

Willie Mays

Sandy Koufax

Tom Seaver

Johnny Bench, Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Pedro Martinez

Negro Leaguers

Satchel Paige

Josh Gibson

Cool Papa Bell

Buck O'Neil

Oscar Charleston, Martin Dihigo, Judy Johnson, Buck Leonard

Pioneers (Pre-1915)

Grover C. Alexander

George Sisler

Cap Anson

Wee Willie Keeler

Buck Ewing, King Kelly, Kid Nichols, George Wright