SURPRISE, Ariz. -- For the first time, fans will get a vote for the Royals Hall of Fame. They can vote from now through noon on Friday, March 18, at www.royals.com/hof
The voting process has been revised and, beginning in 2011, will take place every other year. In the voting, fans will join living Royals Hall of Famers, selected Kansas City baseball writers, the Royals board of directors and team officials.
The online balloting by fans will be accorded a total of four votes in the final count -- two for their first-place choice and one each for their second-place and third-place choices. To be elected, a player must receive 75 percent of the votes cast by the entire panel.
In alternate years, a Veterans Committee will consider non-playing personnel and players no longer eligible for the regular phase of the vote.
This year's 18 eligible players are pitchers Kevin Appier, Brian Anderson, Al Fitzmorris, Jason Grimsley, Darrell May, Scott Service and Kris Wilson; catchers Mike Macfarlane, Brent Mayne, Darrell Porter and John Wathan; second baseman Jose Offerman; third basemen Joe Randa and Kevin Seitzer; shortstop U.L. Washington and outfielders Al Cowens, Bo Jackson and Michael Tucker.
To be eligible for the first time, players must have been with the Royals for three seasons and had a minimum of 1,500 plate appearances or 150 innings pitched. They have to be retired as a player for at least three years.