Three American Legion Baseball alumni are in consideration for induction this year into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. The class of 2020 will be announced on Jan. 21, with the induction ceremony taking place during Hall of Fame Weekend, July 24-27.
Among the nominees:
Barry Bonds, who played Legion Baseball in San Mateo, Calif. One of the most feared hitters in baseball history, Bonds is the all-time leader in career home runs (762) and single-season home runs (73). Bonds was named Most Valuable Player seven times. He is the only player to ever accumulate more than 500 home runs and 500 stolen bases.
Roger Clemens, who played Legion Baseball in Spring Wood, Ohio. "The Rocket" earned seven Cy Young awards and was named the 1986 AL Most Valuable Player. Clemens finished with consecutive pitching Triple Crowns in 1997 and 1998 and is a member of the MLB All-Century Team. He was named 1988 American Legion Graduate of the Year, and he helped his Spring Woods High School Legion team to the 1979 Ohio state title.
Scott Rolen, the 2005 American Legion Graduate of the Year who played Legion Baseball in Jasper, Ind. Rolen is a seven-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove winner at third base.
Players must receive 75 percent of votes to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.