Griffey Jr., Piazza elected to ’16 MLB Hall of Fame
On Wednesday Night, only two players from the ballot were elected into the 2016 MLB Hall of Fame. Those two players are Ken Griffey Jr. selected first overall by the Seattle Mariners in 1987 and Mike Piazza who was selected by the Dodgers in the 62nd round in 1988. Griffey, becomes the first No.1 overall pick to get inducted while Piazza drafted in the 62nd round became the lowest drafted player to be elected, outplaying his draft spot. Griffey received the highest ballot percentage in history passing Tom Seaver who received 98.84% while getting 99.3% of votes. Griffey’s name was missing on just 3 of the 440 ballots in order to get 100%, while Piazza received 83%, totaling 365 votes. In order for a player to be elected into Cooperstown, the player must receive at least 75% of the votes.
Ken Griffey Jr. was seen as a lock to be elected into Cooperstown, as he joined a stellar career over 22 seasons as a member of the Mariners, Reds and White Sox. Griffey was named to 13 All Star games, and was named to 10 consecutive games from 1990-2000. Griffey also won 10 Gold Gloves, 7 Silver Sluggers, ranks 6th in home runs with 630, and 15th in runs batted in with 1,836.
Piazza, who fell 28 votes short last year got 365 votes this year to join Griffey as the only members who will be elected into Cooperstown. Piazza is a 12-time all-star and arguably one of the best offensive catchers to play the game. had a stellar career with averages of .308 BA, .377 OBP, .545 SLG while leading all catchers with 427 home runs and 4th in runs batted in with 1,335 over 1,912 games playing for the Dodgers, Mets, Marlins, Padres and A’s.
Players who just missed the Cut:
Jeff Bagwell 315 (71.5%)
Tim Raines 307 (69.8%)
Trevor Hoffman 296 (67.3%)
Curt Schilling 230 (52.3%)