Announcements are in! Let’s give a warm welcome to the newest inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Ken Griffey, Jr: Griffey received 437 of 440 votes, or 99.3% passing Tom Seaver’s record for largest percentage of votes. Shockingly, there were three writers who felt Griffey was not deserving. Junior played for 22 seasons, most of those in Seattle. His natural talent, infectious smile, zest for life and absolutely beautiful swing made him a popular star all over the country. Griffey was a 13 time All-Star and hit 630 home runs in his career. He also played for the Reds and White Sox, but will definitely be enshrined in Cooperstown with the Mariners’ logo on his cap.
Mike Piazza: Fourth time is the charm for one of the greatest backstops in baseball history. Piazza received 69.9 percent of the vote last year, falling just 28 votes shy of election. He hit 427 home runs in his career, earning 12 All-Star appearances and 10 Silver Slugger Awards. Piazza played on several teams but will more than likely go into the Hall as a New York Met. Pizza received 365 votes for a total of 83%.
Congratulations, fellows! See you in Cooperstown in July.
And…That’s it. Just two people in one of the most talented ballots in years were able to make it in. We clearly have a problem here. The Hall of Fame should be embarrassed by this. It’s time to clear house.
FYI: Prof wrote the origional article and asked me to edit and publish when the announcement was made. She originally wrote it for the four most likely to get voted in. I was expecting to have to write up an additional two. Sadly I had to delete half the article.