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Rangers legend Pudge Rodriguez holding steady early in HOF voting

Former Rangers catcher Pudge Rodriguez has been named on 82 percent of early Hall of Fame ballots, about 18 percent of the total votes to be tallied.
Former Rangers catcher Pudge Rodriguez has been named on 82 percent of early Hall of Fame ballots, about 18 percent of the total votes to be tallied. photo@star-telegram.com

The votes keeps trickling in and so far, so good for Texas Rangers legend Pudge Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, who is eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame for the first time in 2017, has been named on 83 percent of the 81 ballots received by Ryan Thibodaux, who tracks ballots and keeps a running tally on a Baseball Hall of Fame tracker spreadsheet open to the public.

Players need to be on at least 75 percent of ballots to be inducted. So far, former Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell (90 percent), 1980s star Tim Raines (89 percent), Rodriguez (83 percent) and Padres closer Trevor Hoffman (75 percent) sit above the threshold.

But there’s a long way to go. Only 18 percent of the estimated 435 ballots are known. Thibodaux estimates 327 votes are needed to reach 75 percent. The percentages continue to fluctuate as more ballots are submitted.

Rodriguez has been on 65 of the first 79 ballots compiled which means he needs to be on approximately 262 more before the Dec. 31 deadline. The 2017 Hall of Fame class will be announced on Jan. 6.

Texas Rangers players, coaches and staff visited with patients at Cook Children's in Fort Worth on Wednesday morning. Jurickson Profar puts it in perspective (Video by Star-Telegram).

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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