A look at the players to be inducted Sunday into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Born Dec. 14, 1965, in Smithtown, N.Y. . . . The only player in major league history with at least 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases, and 250 home runs . . . Spent all 20 seasons with Houston Astros, hitting .281 with 1,844 runs scored (15th all-time), 291 home runs, and 414 stolen bases . . . He was hit by a pitch 285 times, second all-time . . . He won five Silver Slugger Awards (one at catcher and four at second base) and four Gold Glove Awards at second base (1994-97) . . . Led NL in runs with 123 in 1995 and 146 in 1997 and topped the league in doubles three times with a high of 56 in 1999 . . . In 1987 he was taken in first round of the draft with the 22d overall pick by the Astros . . . Took over as Houston’s regular catcher in 1989 and had 13 homers and 60 RBIs to win the NL’s Silver Slugger Award for catchers . . . In 1991 he batted .295 and made the first of seven All-Star appearances . . . He switched to second base in 1992 and appeared in all 162 games . . . From 1993-99 he averaged 17 homers, 33 steals, and 116 runs scored as Houston’s leadoff hitter . . . Finished career with 668 doubles, which is fifth all-time . . . In 2003 he moved to center field for two years before moving back to second base for the final three years of his career . . . Joined 3,000-hit club in 2007, his last year in the majors, and finished career with 3,060 hits.
Born Sept. 10, 1963, in Walnut Creek, Calif. . . . Nicknamed the Big Unit, the 6-foot-10-inch lefthander played 22 seasons and led his league in strikeouts nine times, earning four ERA titles, and recording 100 complete games and 37 shutouts . . . His 4,875 strikeouts rank No. 2 all-time behind Nolan Ryan’s 5,714, and his 10.61 strikeouts per nine innings rank first . . . His 303 wins rank fifth all-time among lefthanders, behind Warren Spahn, Steve Carlton, Eddie Plank, and Tom Glavine . . . Was drafted by the Expos in the second round in 1985 and made the Expos roster in 1988, becoming the tallest player in big-league history . . . Midway through the 1989 season, Montreal traded Johnson to the Seattle Mariners . . . Threw the first of his two no-hitters against the Tigers on June 2, 1990 . . . He won five Cy Young Awards and finished second three more times . . . Was traded midway through 1998 season to Houston and went 10-1 with a 1.28 ERA in 11 starts, leading the Astros to a playoff berth . . . Signed with Arizona Diamondbacks prior to 1999 season ... From 1999-2002 captured four straight NL Cy Young Awards, three ERA titles and struck out at least 334 batters each season . . . At age 40 struck out 13 Braves in pitching a perfect game, breaking a record set a century earlier by Cy Young, who pitched a perfect game at age 37.
Born Oct. 25, 1971, in Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic . . . He finished with a 219-100 record in 18 years for a winning percentage of .687 and won five ERA titles en route to a career mark of 2.93 . . . His 3,154 strikeouts rank 13th all-time, his strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.15-to-1 ranks third all-time, and his average of 10.04 strikeouts per nine innings also is third all-time, behind only Randy Johnson and Kerry Wood . . . Signed with the Dodgers in 1988 and made major league debut Sept. 24, 1992, at age 20 . . . Was traded to the Expos in November 1993 for second baseman Delino DeShields . . . Went 17-8 in 1997 with a National League-best 1.90 ERA en route to his first Cy Young Award . . . In November 1997 was traded to Red Sox and went 19-7 and finished second in the 1998 AL Cy Young voting . . . In 1999, he went 23-4 with a league-best 2.07 ERA and 313 strikeouts, including a then-record 13.2 strikeouts per nine innings in winning his second Cy Young Award . . . In 2000 he won his third and final Cy Young, allowing just 128 hits in 217 innings en route to a WHIP of 0.737, by far the best single-season mark in big league history . . . In 2004, he went 16-9 and helped the Red Sox win the World Series for the first time since 1918, pitching seven shutout innings in a Game 3 win . . . Played with the Mets and Phillies to finish his career.
Born May 15, 1967, in Detroit . . . Finished 21-year big league career with a 213-155 record, 154 saves, 3,084 strikeouts and a 3.33 ERA . . . He won 14 or more games 10 times and twice led NL in wins (1996 and 2006), innings pitched (1996 and 1997), and strikeouts (1992 and 1996) . . . He signed with hometown Tigers after being selected in 22d round of 1985 draft . . . Was acquired by the Braves for Doyle Alexander on Aug. 12, 1987 . . . Appeared in 41 postseason games, compiling a 15-4 record, a 2.67 ERA, and a record 199 strikeouts . . . In five World Series started eight games and finished with a 2-2 record and 2.47 ERA . . . in 1996 went 24-8, including 14 straight victories, to capture the NL Cy Young Award . . . Missed entire 2000 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March . . . After 159 wins as a starter was converted to a relief pitcher in July 2001 in an effort to maximize his health . . . In 2002 set NL record by converting 55 saves (tied by the Dodgers’ Eric Gagne in 2003) . . . Saved 154 games in 168 opportunities in 3½ seasons as a closer . . . Returned to rotation in 2005 and averaged 15 wins and 222 innings over three seasons. ... in 2008 became 16th big league pitcher to reach 3,000 career strikeouts. ... signed as free agent by the Red Sox in January 2009 and went 3-8 in a final season with Boston and St. Louis.