Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza Make Hall Of Fame, Raines, Bonds, Clemens Once Again Do Not
As Justin McGuire (@JMcGuireSN) points out, the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team now has three Hall of Famers, as Ken Griffy Jr. was voted in today on his first year of eligibility. And look what's flying from the Seattle Space Needle today!
But owing to one of sports' most bizarre traditions, and a powerful reason that having the baseball writers vote for the Hall of Fame is a creaky, outdated process, is that Griffey Jr. got 99.3 percent of the vote. That works out to 437/440 ... three people didn't vote for him.
Yep, one of the greatest baseball players whoever lived, who hit 630 home runs, had a .284 lifetime average, was a wizard in the outfield and is one of the nicest guys on the planet, wasn't good enough for three voters. This is no doubt due to the fact that no one has ever been voted into The Hall unanimously, and there's some secret committee of dolts somewhere who decide annually which voters will not vote for an obvious choice, therefore keeping the tradition alive.
The next few hours/days will be interesting as the Griffey Three make themselves available for interviews, and our contempt. On the bright side, Griffey got the highest HOF percentage of votes ever.
Mike Piazza, in his fourth year on the ballot, got in with 83 percent. A player needs 75 percent of votes to make it.
And then there are those players who had more easily explainable reasons not to earn votes. Jeff Bagwell had a legitimate claim, but just missed by three percent. Tim Raines and Trevor Hoffman were also close. And then there were Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.
A player has to be on 75% of ballots to be elected to the Baseball HOF. Here are this year's voting percentages: pic.twitter.com/kkHJ2Oxdgi
— ESPN (@espn) January 6, 2016
Schilling supporters contend that their man is being snubbed because of his politics, which are somewhat to the right of Attila the Hun (although to be fair to voters, his stats are borderline Hall material). Bonds and Clemens, of course, are tainted by the steroid era. All three were in their fourth year of eligibility.
But there is hope for Bonds and Clemens. This is how they've fared in those four years:
Bonds vote percentage:
2013: 36.2 percent
Clemens vote percentage:
2013: 37.6 percent
That's due to the fact that the electorate is getting younger. The HOF purged 100 voters from the ranks this year because they were retired and had not actively covered games for the past 10 years.
Meanwhile, time ran out on Mark McGwire, who failed to make it in his 10th year of eligibility.
2016 MLB HOF Voting Results pic.twitter.com/EVF31kfccb
— James Stewart (@IAmJamesStewart) January 6, 2016
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