Report: Mike Piazza Expected To Fall Short On Hall Of Fame Ballot
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Who will be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this time around?
It’s anybody’s guess.
But after last year’s shutout, when no players were voted into the Hall, it certainly appears that this time around several players will be sent to Cooperstown.
In anticipation of the announcement on Wednesday, baseballthinkfactory.com has compiled 155 ballots from voters who have made their selections public. The exit poll projects that four players — Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas and Craig Biggio — will be enshrined.
In 2013, 569 ballots were cast, so the website’s poll only reflects 27 percent of voters from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America — assuming there are the same number of voters in 2014. 75 percent of the writers’ votes are needed for election.
So which New York players won’t get in, according to the website’s findings? Well, Yankees starter Mike Mussina, for one. But more notably, Mets legend Mike Piazza.
Of those who received less than 75 percent of the vote, Piazza came the closest to making the cut. He received 69.0 percent, according to the website. Jeff Bagwell received 61.3 percent, Jack Morris received 60.0 percent and Tim Raines received 56.1 percent.
Mussina received 29.7 percent.
Piazza received 57.8 percent of the votes in 2013. The 12-time All-Star was a Met from 1998-2005. He was a 10-time Silver Slugger Award winner and was the 1993 National League Rookie of the Year. He finished his illustrious career with a .308 batting average, 427 home runs, 1,335 RBIs and a .377 on-base percentage.
No Hall of Fame candidate has ever been elected unanimously by the writers, and many thought that Maddux would earn that distinction and make history this year.
But we can drop the suspense, because Maddux has at least one detractor. 17 MLB.com staff writers revealed who they voted for on Tuesday, and Ken Gurnick, the Dodgers’ beat writer, only voted for Jack Morris.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held in July in Cooperstown.
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