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The Hall of Fame ballot for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America was announced Monday, and it includes 15 holdovers and 20 new candidates. Edgar Martinez is the top returnee after receiving 70.4 percent of the vote last year, but this is his final year on the ballot, with 75 percent required for induction.

Joe Mauer is a legend in Minnesota, but is he Cooperstown-worthy? We examine his Hall chances along with other recently retired stars.

The Bronx hasn’t been home to a World Series champion for almost an entire decade. We offer up five offseason moves that would fix that — if the Steinbrenners are willing to spend like The Boss.

The 10 Hall of Fame candidates appear to be borderline at best, especially with Lou Whitaker having been omitted from the ballot.

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We’ll have plenty of time in the upcoming weeks to address the various candidates, but let’s take a quick look at the 20 new candidates.

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