If you spent too much of your Wednesday getting worked up about the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement — who got in, who was left out, who gave away their vote — we’d like to save you some time and effort. You don’t need to read anything about the Hall of Fame for the next year because this is what is going to happen with the 2015 class: • Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez are slam-dunk cinches to be elected in their first years on the ballot. Both were dominant pitchers in their era and have more than enough stats to back up their candidacy. Johnson, with 303 wins, nearly 5,000 strikeouts and five Cy Young Awards, should get as many votes as Greg Maddux did this year, but he won’t. Still, he’ll wind up around 95 percent, easily besting the 75 percent needed for election. Martinez, who was dominant for a shorter period of time and doesn’t have quite the same career numbers, will get somewhere between 85 and 90 percent of votes — … [Read more...] about Rand: Looking ahead to 2015 baseball Hall of Fame vote
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Hall of Fame Voting 549 votes cast, 412 needed Player Votes Percent Randy Johnson 534 97.3 Pedro Martinez 500 91.1 John Smoltz 455 82.9 Craig Biggio 454 82.7 Not elected Mike Piazza 384 69.9 Jeff Bagwell 306 55.7 Tim Raines 302 55.0 Curt Schilling 215 39.2 Roger Clemens 206 37.5 Barry Bonds 202 36.8 Lee Smith 166 30.2 Edgar Martinez 148 27.0 Alan Trammell 138 25.1 Mike Mussina 135 24.6 Jeff Kent 77 14.0 Fred McGriff 71 12.9 Larry Walker 65 11.8 Gary Sheffield 64 11.7 Mark McGwire 55 10.0 x-Don Mattingly 50 9.1 Sammy Sosa 36 6.6 Nomar Garciaparra 30 5.5 Key: x-Mattingly’s final year on ballot, eligible for consideration by the Expansion Era Committee in 2017. Note: By receiving fewer than 27 votes (less than 5 percent), the following players are no longer eligible for election by the BBWAA: Carlos Delgado 21 (3.8), Troy Percival 4 (0.7), Aaron Boone and Tom Gordon 2 (0.4), Darin Erstad 1 (0.2) and Rich Aurilia, Tony Clark, Jermaine Dye, Cliff Floyd, Brian Giles, Eddie Guardado and … [Read more...] about Chart: Baseball Hall of Fame voting
Randy Moss said he has “done enough” to be a first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer, but accepts the fact there isn’t a darn thing he can do about it if the 48 selectors think otherwise when they gather in Bloomington on Saturday to decide. “It’s kind of like you’re going into court and being in front of the jury,” Moss said Thursday during a conference call with reporters. “Your fate is in their hands. I don’t have no control over it. I don’t have a vote. What I will do is being around close family and just wait it out.” Moss said he has spent this season concentrating on his role as an ESPN analyst, not thinking about whether he will make the Hall of Fame five years after a 14-year career spent with the Vikings (1998-2004, 2010), Raiders (2005-06), Patriots (2007-10), Titans (2010) and 49ers (2012). “I didn’t really play the game for the Hall of Fame,” he said. “I just played for the love of … [Read more...] about Randy Moss on Hall of Fame vote: ‘Your fate is in their hands’
The Baseball Hall of Fame class was announced last Wednesday, and for the eighth consecutive year, former Colorado Rockies star outfielder Larry Walker failed to reach the 75 percent voting threshold that would stamp his ticket to Cooperstown. After hovering between 10 and 23 percent in the Hall of Fame voting in his first seven years of eligibility, Walker received a personal-best 34.1 percent in 2018. He shared his thoughts with Mitch Melnick on Montreal 690 last Friday about struggling to find support with the voters. “I can’t fault myself. I played for a major-league team that happened to be in Denver,” Walker said to Melnick. “If that’s a problem and if that’s going to be an issue for them, then get rid of the team and move it elsewhere if it’s going to be that big of an issue. “No needles went in my (butt). I played the game clean, but I played in the ballpark and it’s almost like Coors Field is my PED.” Walker played 17 … [Read more...] about Larry Walker on Hall of Fame voting: “It’s almost like Coors Field is my PED”
On the precipice of possible election Saturday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is not taking anything for granted. “I try not to think about it because I don't want to be disappointed,” Urlacher said in an interview last weekend at his Phoenix-area home with longtime teammate-turned-analyst Lance Briggs. The interview is part of an NBC Sports Chicago special, “The Case for Canton,” set for 10:30 p.m. Thursday on the cable channel and available to authenticated subscribers through the channel’s website and the NBC Sports app. “People are like, ‘It's going to be great,’ and then I've heard guys say, 'I was ready, and I didn't get in,’ ” Urlacher said. “I'd love to get in; I think it'd be amazing. It's a big accomplishment. But it doesn't change what I did on the football field. I know that whatever happens between now and the voting, my stats aren't … [Read more...] about Brian Urlacher trying to ignore Hall of Fame vote: ‘I don’t want to be disappointed’
Former Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Jim Thome was one of four players voted into the baseball Hall of Fame for 2018, as reported by the Associated Press. Others in the 2018 class were Chipper Jones, Vlad Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman. Thome was listed on 89.9 percent of the ballots in his first year of eligibility. Players must be have support from 75 percent of the voters to earn enshrinement. Here via baseball-reference.com are the players who were on the 2018 Baseball Writers of America l Hall of Fame ballot. Thome was listed on 89.9 percent of the ballots in his first year of eligibility. Players must be have support from 75 percent of the voters to earn enshrinement. Thome spent most of his career in Cleveland and likely will be inducted with his likeness on his bronze plaque wearing an Indians cap. He was one of seven former Phils on the Hall of Fame ballot. Former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling got 51.2 percent of the vote in his sixth year of eligibility. … [Read more...] about Jim Thome earned enshrinement but how did other former Phillies fare in Hall of Fame voting?
I feel like a kid somehow deflated by Disney World ... because I’m to the point where I’m just worn down by Cooperstown. Should Barry Bonds be in? Should Roger Clemens be in? It’s the most fatiguing debate in sports, and it’s never-ending and nerve-wracking and reaches its peak this week each year, when the Baseball Hall of Fame voting is announced. For fans, the Hall of Fame is enchanting, the place where the best participants of the best sport are forever frozen in time. Used to give chills. Now just gives gray hairs. On Wednesday evening, four men became instant immortals — Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman were elected into Cooperstown. Very cool. But it’s hard to talk about those who are in without talking about those who aren’t, and here I go again, discussing the very issue that wears me out like an old ball glove. I suppose it comes down to this. Two complicated comments, yet two comments I agree with: 1. … [Read more...] about Hochman: Hall of Fame vote ignites agonizing PED issue again
There will be some long and very interesting speeches on July 30 when these four - plus Veterans Committee choices Alan Trammel and Jack Morris - are inducted into the Hall of Fame. This is just the fourth time that four players have been elected in one class. The last time was in 2015 - and that is noteworthy. Hall of Fame voters are starting to clear the decks. Now 16 players have been elected since the shutout of 2013, the most of any five-year stretch. It suggests voters are selecting more than four or five players on their ballots. They are dealing with the wave of eligible closers and designated hitters, a wave we all knew was coming. This will allow us to take harder looks at other players' cases instead of worrying about running out of boxes to check off (no, I'm not a fan of the Rule of 10). The one interesting thing is that the PED candidates stalled this year. Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza, Ivan Rodriguez and Bud Selig - three players who were linked to PED use, and one … [Read more...] about Thoughts on the Hall of Fame voting
A whopping four players were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, with Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman earning enshrinement in Cooperstown. In his first year on the ballot, former Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen was not expected to get in. But he'll get another crack at it.Rolen earned votes on 10.2 percent of the 422 ballots cast, with 75 percent needed for induction. But he also avoided falling off the ballot entirely by passing the five-percent threshold needed to remain eligible. Voting is conducted by active members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.As the four-man class of inductees suggest, Rolen arguably was harmed by a crowded ballot. Sixteen players garnered more votes than Rolen this year, and even with four earning induction it could be an uphill battle again in 2019, when Mariano Rivera will be eligible for the first time.Rolen has a lot of ground to make up, and not much precedent for doing so. … [Read more...] about How did Scott Rolen do in his first year of Hall of Fame voting?
The vacant spot in Pro Football Hall of Fame voting for the Washington area will be filled beginning this year by Larry Michael, the team’s Chief Content Officer and Senior Vice President. Each NFL team has one representative on the selection committee that convenes each February at the Super Bowl. There are also 16 at-large members of the panel. Michael’s selection is notable because he is the first team play-by-play announcer to be selected to the panel, and only the second panelist who is employed by a team. The other is Geoff Hobson, a former print reporter who now writes for the Cincinnati Bengals website. The role in Washington had been filled by David Elfin of the Washington Times, but Elfin has left the sportswriting business. Pro Football Hall of Fame Executive Director Joe Horrigan said the addition of Michael to the committee reflects a change in media and journalism. “Our intent is to always keep the best individuals who still cover the franchise … [Read more...] about Redskins broadcaster Larry Michael will take over Hall of Fame voting