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Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee, former Red Sox pitcher, running for Vermont governor

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee runs onto the field to join former teammates during pre-game ceremonies at Fenway Park in Boston on May 5, 2015. Photo Credit: AP

BURLINGTON, Vt. — A former Major League Baseball player is running for governor in Vermont as a member of the Liberty Union party, which bills itself as nonviolent and socialist.

Bill “Spaceman” Lee tells WCAX-TV voters will “need umbrellas” if he’s elected because “it’s going to be raining dollars,” referring to money trickling down from the wealthy.

Lee pitched for the Boston Red Sox from 1969 to 1978. He was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame in 2008.

Lee says he’s a “pragmatic, conservative, forward thinker.” He supports legalizing marijuana, a single-payer health care system and paid family leave.

Four other candidates — including a Google executive — are also running.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders first ran for office in Vermont — unsuccessfully — as a Liberty Union candidate.

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