Your 2017 Hall of Fame class is official. Despite the efforts of some idiotic writers, the BBWAA have managed to vote in some new members to the Baseball Hall of Fame today. Jeff Bagwell (381 votes, 86.2%) , Tim Raines (380 votes, 86.0%), and Ivan Rodriguez (336 votes, 76.0%) have made the cut.
There are a lot of interesting things we have learned from this year’s results.
- Trevor Hoffman (327 votes, 74.0%) and Vladimir Guerrero (317 votes, 71.7%) just missed the 75% required cutoff.
Bonds gained 9.5% to 53.8% support while Clemens gained 8.9% to 54.1%. Those are nice gains, but not enough to suggest their election is inevitable. They still need 46% of “no” votes to swing to “yes” votes. (That’s a thumbnail assessment. The actual voting bloc is fluid because of writers who are subtracted or added to the voting rolls.)
- Mike Mussina received a nice bump, but is still struggling to receive votes, raising his total this year from 43 to 51.8. Moose watch will continue.
- Curt Schilling, who can’t manage to shut the fuck up saw his stock drop from 53.3% to 45% this year.
- Trevor Hoffman and Vlad Guerrero will likely make it in next year.
- Edgar Martinez is still struggling to get votes and could be stuck on the fringe with just two years of eligibility remaining unless he receives a massive Tim Raines bump next year.
- Jeff Kent continues to struggle stuck between 14 and 16.7% for four years.
- Larry Walker stuck between 10.2 and 22.9% over the past seven years.
- Fred McGriff between 11.7 and 23.9 for eight years now and likely won’t make it.
- Manny Ramirez debuted at 24% likely due to his two failed drug tests and the fact that he simply wasn’t as good as many others ahead of him.
- Lee Smith failed to reach the Hall of Fame in his final year of eligibility and will now have to turn to the Eras Committee. The only relief pitchers who have been elected thus far are Hoyt Wilhelm, Rollie Fingers, Dennis Eckersley, Goose Gossage, and Bruce Sutter, although Trevor Hoffman is expected to make it in next year.
- Jorge Posada, in his first appearance on the ballot failed to receive the 5% necessary to continue next year.
- Somebody actually voted for Tim Wakefield. Edgar Rentera received two votes and Magglio Ordonez received 3.
- Others new to the ballot next year include: Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Andrew Jones, Scott Rolen, Omar Vizquel, Johan Santana, Johnny Damon, and Jamie Moyer.
- Sammy Sosa received 38 votes and just 8.6%.