2016 Hall of Fame Results
Ken Griffey Jr. was elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot, receiving 99.32% of the vote. He becomes the 51st player elected in their first year. His percentage of votes is the highest all-time. Mike Piazza was also elected in his fourth year on the ballot.
With three players (Maddux, Glavine, Thomas) elected in 2014 and four players (Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, and Biggio) elected in 2015, this now makes a total of nine players elected in a three-year span. This is only the third time that has happened in history, following 1954-56 and 1936-38.
Jeff Bagwell (71.6%), Tim Raines (69.8%), and Trevor Hoffman (67.3%) were very close to election, boding well for next year.
The 2017 ballot will include all of the hold hovers from this year’s ballot who gained at least 5% of the vote (Mark McGwire and Alan Trammell have reached the limit of years and will drop off). The key newcomer is Ivan Rodriguez, considered to be one of the greatest offensive and defensive catchers of all-time he has a chance to be a first-balloter. Vladimir Guerrero will garner some significant support. The only other addition of note is Manny Ramirez, but so tainted by PEDs, he will likely get the Palmeiro or Sheffield treatment.
Looking further ahead, two clear first-balloters—Chipper Jones and Jim Thome—come on the ballot in 2018, along with Scott Rolen, Omar Vizquel, and Andruw Jones. In 2019, Mariano Rivera will debut and almost certainly be elected, and then two more interesting cases—Roy Halladay, a dominant starter along the lines of Schilling and Mussina without a lot of wins, and Todd Helton, phenomenal offensive numbers but gained at Coors. Andy Pettitte, Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman, and Miguel Tejada also debut, but won’t gain much support. In 2020, Derek Jeter debuts and will get elected, but is the only real legitimate candidate (the best of the rest include Bobby Abreu and Jason Giambi).