Chicago White Sox: Mark Buehrle is on Hall of Fame ballot

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CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: A video is played in tribute to former Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle at the start of the ceremony to retire his number before the game between the Chicago White Sox and the Oakland Athletics at Guaranteed Rate Field on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: A video is played in tribute to former Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle at the start of the ceremony to retire his number before the game between the Chicago White Sox and the Oakland Athletics at Guaranteed Rate Field on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) /
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Chicago White Sox legend, Mark Buehrle, is on the Hall of Fame ballot.

Mark Buehrle is a legendary player in the minds of all Chicago White Sox fans. He is one of the most decorated players in the history of the franchise which is the reason that his number 56 is retired at Guaranteed Rate Field. Now, the next step in retirement for him is finding his name on the Hall of Fame ballot. He is one of 11 newcomers who join the 14 names that are returning to the ballot. It will be interesting to see if he makes it to the Hall this year or ever.

Buehrle was an incredible White Sox pitcher for 12 years. After departing from the South Side, he found himself playing with the Miami Marlins for one year and Toronto Blue Jays for three. He was an awesome player to the very end of his incredible career. He finished with a 59.1 WAR, 3.81 ERA, and 1.281 WHIP. All of that contributed to his remarkable 214-160 record.

In addition to his incredible pitching that was on display, he was also an elite defensive pitcher. When the ball was hit to him, he was able to make a big play as well as any pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball. He was awarded for that ability on multiple occasions as he is a four-time Gold Glove-winning pitcher.

Buehrle will always be remembered for two signature moments with the White Sox. The first was his many contributions to the White Sox winning the World Series in 2005. It is the greatest team in the history of the franchise and Buehrle was a major part of it. The second is the perfect game that he threw in 2009. It was his first career perfect game and his second career no-hitter and fans will remember it forever.

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It is unclear, as of now, how Buehrle will fare on this ballot. All of his accomplishments seem to be enough but we know from experience how hard getting into the Hall of Fame can be. Buehrle joins Omar Vizquel, Manny Ramirez, Andruw Jones, Sammy Sosa, and Nick Swisher as former White Sox who are on the ballot.

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