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Mazeroski among Bucs' Franchise Four leaders

PITTSBURGH -- The first voting results of Major League Baseball's Franchise Four campaign, announced Wednesday, reveal the Pirates' only living Hall of Famer among the four leaders as the most impactful players in the franchise's history.

Bill Mazeroski is running fourth in the voting, which is led by fellow Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell and Honus Wagner.

The quartet of the Bucs' other nominees on the Franchise Four ballot are Barry Bonds, Ralph Kiner, Pie Traynor and Paul Waner.

More than 11.8 million votes have been cast in the Franchise Four voting, and you can cast your ballot here. Voting ends on May 8, and winners from all 30 clubs will be announced at the 2015 All-Star Game, which will take place on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Tom Singer is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. Follow him on Twitter @Tom_Singer.
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