Bonds, Clemens, Sosa on 2013 HOF ballot

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Bonds, Clemens, Sosa on 2013 HOF ballot

Home run king Barry Bonds, pitcher Roger Clemens and slugger Sammy Sosa are among 24 players making their first appearances on the Baseball Writers of America Hall of Fame Ballot. The ballot is being mailed this week to more than 600 members of the BBWAA, with results to be announced on Jan. 9, 2013.
Former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin was inducted in 2012.
A few ground rules from the BBWAA website: "Players may remain on the ballot for up to 15 years provided they receive five percent of the vote in the previous year. The only first-year candidate in 2012 who received sufficient support to remain was outfielder Bernie Williams with 55 votes (9.6)."
2013 Hall of Fame Ballot: Sandy Alomar Jr.
Jeff Bagwell
Craig Biggio
Barry Bonds (Giants, 1993-2007)
Jeff Cirillo
Royce Clayton (Giants, 1991-1995)
Roger Clemens
Jeff Conine
Steve Finley (Giants, 2006)
Julio Franco
Shawn Green
Roberto Hernandez (Giants, 1997)
Ryan Klesko (Giants, 2007)
Kenny Lofton (Giants, 2002)
Edgar Martinez
Don Mattingly
Fred McGriff
Mark McGwire(Athletics, 1986-1997)
Jose Mesa (Giants, 1998) Jack Morris
Dale Murphy
Rafael Palmeiro
Mike Piazza (Athletics, 2007)
Tim Raines(Athletics, 1999)
Reggie Sanders (Giants, 2002)
Curt Schilling
Aaron Sele
Lee Smith
Sammy Sosa
Mike Stanton
Alan Trammell
Larry Walker
Todd Walker (Athletics, 2007)
David Wells
Rondell White
Bernie Williams
Woody Williams

Former top prospect Andy Marte dies from car accident in Dominican Republic

Former top prospect Andy Marte dies from car accident in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte died early Sunday from a traffic accident in his native Dominican Republic.

Metropolitan traffic authorities say Marte died when the Mercedes Benz he was driving hit a house along a road between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.

Marte, a 33-year-old infielder, played for several Major League teams, including Atlanta, Cleveland and Arizona, and was most recently playing in the Korean league.

Marte was playing in the Dominican winter league with the Aguilas Cibaenas team.

"We have awoken this Sunday with this sad news that we have lost a special being," club president Winston Llenas said in a statement about Marte.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Over the final month of his time with the Giants, it became clear that Santiago Casilla and the team would part ways. On Friday, Casilla confirmed that he never had the opportunity to return. 

On a conference call to announce a two-year deal with the Oakland A’s, Casilla said he “would have been happy to return to the Giants, but I never got an offer from them. I understood.”

Casilla said he had several opportunities to go elsewhere and close, mentioning the Milwaukee Brewers as one interested team. Casilla signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the A’s, who likely won’t need him to pitch in the ninth. The Brewers went on to bring in Neftali Feliz for one year and $5.35 million; he is expected to close. 

“I preferred to return to the Athletics because that’s where my career started,” Casilla said through interpreter Manolo Hernández Douen. “And I’m very excited.”

Casilla spent the first six years of his career with the A’s before crossing the bridge and becoming a key figure in three title runs. In seven seasons in San Francisco, he posted a 2.42 ERA and saved 123 games. Casilla had a 0.92 ERA in the postseason, but he was stripped of a prominent role in the weeks leading up to the 2016 playoffs. 

Casilla, 36, blew nine saves before being pulled from the ninth inning. He appeared just three times in the final 14 regular season games and just once in the playoffs. He did not take the mound in Game 4 of the NLDS, watching as five other relievers teamed up to give back a three-run lead. 

That moment stung Casilla, and it affected Bruce Bochy, too. The Giants struck quickly in December to bring Mark Melancon in as their new closer, but at the Winter Meetings, Bochy said he would welcome Casilla back in a setup role. 

“He’s a great team player (and) teammate,” Bochy said. “(I) certainly wouldn’t rule it out because he still has great stuff. And he had some hiccups there in that closing role, but I would take him anytime.”

As it turned out, that opportunity was never there for Casilla. The Giants didn’t make another move after the big deal with Melancon, and they’ll rely on younger arms to record most of the outs in the seventh and eighth. Casilla said he’s not bitter about the way it all ended. 

“I have left that in the past,” he said. “It’s a new year, it’s a new year. I have left this in the past.”