Royals open 2019 Hall of Fame voting to public

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WIBW) -- The Kansas City Royals have officially opened voting for the organization's 2019 Hall of Fame, and the online portion of voting is open to fans through Friday, Jan. 4.

To vote, visit the Royals website and select three nominees.

The eligible players for the 2019 Royals Hall of Fame ballot include:

- Jeremy Affeldt, P (2002-06)
- John Buck, C (2004-09)
- Bruce Chen, P (2009-14)
- Al Cowens, OF (1974-79)
- Johnny Damon, OF (1995-2000)
- David DeJesus, OF (2004-09)
- Al Fitzmorris, P (1969-76)
- Raúl Ibañez, OF/DH (2001-03, 2014)
- Bo Jackson, OF (1986-90)
- Kevin Seitzer, IF (1986-91)
- Yordano Ventura, P (2013-16)

The Royals' voting process includes two phases: the regular phase and a veterans committee phase.

The regular phase takes place in odd-numbered years and focuses on former players and managers, while the veterans committee phase takes place in even-numbered years and considers players, managers and non-field personnel.

In order for a player to be eligible for the first time, they must have been on an active Kansas City roster for at least three seasons and accumulated a minimum of 1,500 plate appearances or 300 innings pitched.

Players who meet those standards can only become eligible after not being on an active Royals roster for a three calendar year period.

This year's ballot includes six first-time eligible players and five names that returned after receiving at least ten percent of the vote in 2017.

The three members chosen by the online fan ballot will receive two votes of the 40 overall, which are submitted by all living members of the Royals Hall of Fame and select members of the Royals Board of Directors, Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America, Kansas City electronic media representatives and Royals front office staff.

From there, any candidate receiving 75 percent of the vote will be elected and then scheduled for induction during the 2019 season.