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January 5, 2015 at 12:37 PM

A few notes and thoughts about the upcoming Baseball Hall of Fame announcement


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Hope everyone is still sticking to their New Year’s resolutions. One of mine was to blog a little more consistently. So that’s pretty much gone.

The Baseball Hall of Fame will announce the resuts of its 71st BBWAA Hall of Fame election on Tuesday at 11 a.m. on the MLB Network and Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson will deliver the results.

The 2015 BBWAA ballot features 34 players, including 17 new candidates and 17 returnees. Any candidate who receives votes on at least 75 percent of all ballots cast will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2015.

Here’s the 17 returnees and percentage of votes they achieved in 2014

  • Craig Biggio 427 (74.8)
  • Mike Piazza 355 (62.2)
  • Jeff Bagwell 310 (54.3)
  • Tim Raines 263 (46.1)
  • Roger Clemens 202 (35.4)
  • Barry Bonds 198 (34.7)
  • Lee Smith 171 (29.9)
  • Curt Schilling 167 (29.2)
  • Edgar Martinez 144 (25.2)
  • Alan Trammell 119 (20.8)
  • Mike Mussina 116 (20.3)
  • Jeff Kent 87 (15.2)
  • Fred McGriff 67 (11.7)
  • Mark McGwire 63 (11.0)
  • Larry Walker 58 (10.2)
  • Don Mattingly 47 (8.2)
  • Sammy Sosa 41 (7.2),

Of the 17 newcomers, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz will garner the largest attention.  Johnson should be a lock for induction in his first year of eligibility. And from a handicapping standpoint, Biggio seems like a lock to make it after falling just short of the 75 percent of the voted needed for induction. Mike Piazza and Smoltz and Pedro Martinez seem to be likely inductees as well.

Again, I don’t have an HOF vote. I won’t get one for like four more years. Larry Stone and Geoff Baker are the two active Times employees with votes. Here’s Larry’s vote. I’m guessing Geoff will tweet his out. I’ve emailed him to see if he would share his with the blog.

It’s unlikely that Edgar Martinez will get in on this ballot. He’s seen his percentage drop in each of the last three seasons from 36.5 two years ago to 35.9 percent the year before and 25.2 last year.  With only a 10 person ballot, Edgar’s name is being left off by many voters.  IF I had a vote, I’d put Edgar on the ballot for certain. My reasoning is much the same as Larry wrote in his column. We’ve actually discussed how mind boggling his numbers really are. And I don’t hold being a DH against him. It’s a part of the game.

There is hope the ballot will increase to 12 for next year’s vote, which would aid Edgar’s cause. That was approved by the BBWAA, but must also be approved by the Hall of Fame.

ESPN released a list of it’s Hall of Fame votes from its 17 respective eligible staffers. Edgar got six votes. Both Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez garnered all 17 votes. Jayson Stark of ESPN explains his ballot, and his belief that Edgar is indeed  a hall of famer.

Of the 14 eligible writers at, Edgar got just one vote.

As for the Big Unit, he’ll be going to Cooperstown and it seems likely that he will be wearing an Arizona Diamondbacks hat on his plaque, which is fair. He had his most success — four Cy Young awards and a World Series – with that organization. But he was certainly part of the golden era of the Mariners and his accomplishments with the team shouldn’t be overlooked. He is the best pitcher to ever put on a Mariners uniform, but probably won’t be the greatest pitcher in franchise history – if that makes any sense. And there is still an attachment to him amongst Mariners fans.

Ken Griffey Jr. will become eligible for next year’s ballot.



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