The results are in, and the Baseball Hall of Fame has spoken: Ken Griffey, Jr. and Mike Piazza are your newest additions to Cooperstown. Junior was the biggest no-brainer in the history of mankind, yet while many were primed to celebrate the HOF's first unanimous inductee, there were a few writers out there that for whatever reason felt he didn't deserve the vote...this year, at least. It's a shame that so much strategy and politics has to go into something like the HOF voting, when it should be a matter of saying "Does this guy unequivocally deserve a vote?" and if the answer is yes, you check off his name.
Mike Piazza can also hold his head extremely high today, as he ended up being the only other player besides Griffey to get the requisite 75% of ballots, thus launching him into baseball immortality. Good for him, and it'll be interesting to see which team he represents. Here's a rundown of how voting finished up:
Junior: 99.3% Piazza: 83% Bagwell: 71.6% Raines: 69.8% Hoffman: 67.3% Schill: 52.3% Clemens: 45.2% Bonds: 44.3% Edgar: 43.4% Mussina: 43%— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 6, 2016
Some good showings there from Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell. They'll be primed for their time in the spotlight next year, most likely, when they're able to garner more votes from baseball's fickle writers. The Angels had four players from their past on the ballot, and just like we knew was going to happen, there was no love for Jim Edmonds, Garret Anderson, David Eckstein and Troy Glaus. Actually, Edmonds got a lil love...the most out of our heroic group of Halos. But the others were bereft of that HOF seal of approval(Glaus being completely snubbed altogether).
former #Angels HOF ballot % totals: Jim Edmonds 2.5% David Eckstein 0.5% Garret Anderson 0.2% 0 Troy Glaus 0.0% none will return to ballot— Taylor Blake Ward (@TaylorBlakeWard) January 6, 2016
As noted by Taylor Blake Ward, those guys wont be returning for any future ballots, due to the poor showing. But they'll always be special to us Angels fans, and you can bet your bottom dollar that at the very least we'll see Garret Anderson get some massive love at the Big A when he is inducted into the team's own hall of fame somewhere down the road. So what do you guys think? Voting turn out in an agreeable way, or are we grasping for pitchforks and torches right now?