Balloting for the 2006 Hall of Fame class is under way and former Angel Gary DiSarcina is among the first-time eligibles.
Joining DiSarcina for initial consideration to the Hall are Rick Aguilera, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Alex Fernandez, Gary Gaetti, Dwight Gooden, Ozzie Guillen, Orel Hershiser, Gregg Jefferies, Doug Jones, Hal Morris, Walt Weiss and John Wetteland.
Those elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America will be announced Jan. 10 with induction ceremonies to be held in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 30.
DiSarcina played all 12 of his Major League seasons with the Angels. Selected in the sixth round of the 1988 draft, DiSarcina made his big league debut a year later. He appeared in just 38 games during his first three years in the Majors, but the Angels made DiSarcina their full-time shortstop in 1992.
The University of Massachusetts at Amherst grad was always a solid fielder, but his hitting skills also progressed along with his career. DiSarcina hit .307 with 28 doubles in 1995 and made his lone All-Star appearance that season. In 1998 at age 30, DiSarcina established career highs with 39 doubles and 56 RBIs while also hitting .287.
| Gary DiSarcina's resume
1,086 games, .258 career BA
1995 American League All-Star
Best HOF vote Pct.:
1st year on the ballot
Peers in Hall:
Robin Yount, Kirby Puckett, George Brett
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DiSarcina, who hit .258 over 1,086 Major League games, suffered mostly from being trapped as a key player at the wrong time. Not once during his tenure did the Angels make the playoffs and a fracture to his left forearm that he suffered after being hit by a bat during batting practice in spring 1999 helped his career end prematurely.
He played 81 games in '99 and just 12 more games in 2000, his last season, narrowly missing the Angels' World Series run in 2002.
Mike Scarr is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.