Hodges, Oliva, Allen, Tiant among Hall of Fame candidates

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Ten men are on the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Golden Era Committee ballote, announced Thursday. The committee considers candidates whose main contribution to baseball came between 1947 and 1972.

The candidates: Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Bob Howsam, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills.

Kaat, Hodges, Minoso, Oliva, Boyer and Tiant  return to the ballot after appearing on the first vote of the Golden Era Committee ballot in 2011. Allen, Howsam, Pierce and Wills will be considered by the committee for the first time.

The Golden Era Committee consists of Hall of Famers Jim Bunning, Rod Carew, Pat Gillick, Ferguson Jenkins, Al Kaline, Joe Morgan, Ozzie Smith and Don Sutton; baseball executives Jim Frey, David Glass, Roland Hemond and Bob Watson; and veteran media members Steve Hirdt, Dick Kaegel, Phil Pepe and Tracy Ringolsby.

At least 75 percent of the vote is needed for election and anyone chosen will be inducted on July 26 along with any players chosen by the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Jan. 6.

YOUKILIS MAKES RETIREMENT OFFICIAL

"The Greek God of Walks" is walking away from the game.

Former Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis is retiring, his agent says. Youkilis played parts of nine seasons in Boston and was a part of World Series teams in 2004 and '07. He was traded to the Chicago White Sox in 2012 and then played an injury-shortened year with the New York Yankees before spending last season in Japan.

In his career, Youkilis had a .281 batting average with 150 homers and 618 RBIs. He also walked 539 times, a skill that earned him the nickname "Euclis, the Greek God of Walks" in the book "Moneyball."

Youkilis was a member of three all-star teams and received the 2008 Hank Aaron Award as the best hitter in the AL.

ROYALS SEND HENDRIKS TO BLUE JAYS

The Royals have acquired minor league catcher Santiago Nessy from the Toronto Blue Jays for right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks one day after losing in Game 7 of the World Series.

The 21-year-old Nessy appeared in 69 games for Class-A Lansing and Dunedin this season, hitting .231 with a homer and 28 RBIs. He's spent the past four years in the Blue Jays' minor league system after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Venezuela.

The 25-year-old Hendriks joined the Royals along with backup catcher Erik Kratz in the July 29 trade that sent Danny Valencia to Toronto. Hendriks was designated for assignment on Oct. 25.

Contributors: Justin McGuire, The Associated Press

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