Baseball - Star pitching trio join Hall of Fame ballot

PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 18: Former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson waves to fans during a ceremony celebrating the 10th anniversary of his perfect game before the start of a MLB game between the Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field on May 18, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. Ralph Freso/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/Ralph Freso)
PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 18: Former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson waves to fans during a ceremony celebrating the 10th anniversary of his perfect game before the start of a MLB game between the Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field on May 18, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. Ralph Freso/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/Ralph Freso)

- The Baseball Hall of Fame has announced 17 new names for its 2015 ballot, including Cy Young Award-winning pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz.

Also among the newcomers to the lineup that a media panel will consider for entry into the sporting honor shrine next year are sluggers Gary Sheffield and Carlos Delgado, and shortstop Nomar Garciaparra.

Candidates require 75 percent of the vote to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, with results to be announced on January 6. Those elected and any candidates added from a Golden Era Committee re-considering long-ago talent will be enshrined next July 26 at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

AFP