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Griffey, Piazza elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Griffey, Piazza elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

'The Kid' breaks Seaver's record for highest vote total by percentage.
Griffey, Piazza elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Former Seattle Mariners outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. addresses the Safeco Field crowd at his 2013 induction into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame. Griffey will now be getting plaque in Cooperstown with his enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Photographer: Steve Dykes

Ken Griffey Jr., who broke the all-time record of votes by percentage, and Mike Piazza have earned induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, according to the vote revealed tonight.

Griffey, in his first year on the ballot, garnered 99.3 percent of the 440 votes cast, breaking the all-time record of 98.84 percent set by Tom Seaver in 1992. Only three voters left him off their ballots.

In his 22-year career with the Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox, Griffey hit 630 home runs while amassing 2,781 hits and earning 13 All-Star Game selections. A stellar center fielder, the 1997 American League MVP won 10 straight American League Gold Glove Awards in center field, in addition to seven Silver Slugger Awards.

HOF TOP VOTE-GETTERS

(At least 75 percent needed to be elected)

Ken Griffey Jr.: 437 votes (99.3 percent)

Mike Piazza: 365 (83.0)

Jeff Bagwell 315 (71.6)

Tim Raines 307 (69.8)

Trevor Hoffman 296 (67.3)

Curt Schilling 230 (52.3)

Roger Clemens 199 (45.2)

Barry Bonds 195 (44.3)

Edgar Martinez 191 (43.4)

Mike Mussina 189 (43.0)

Piazza, who received 83 percent of the vote, played primarily with the New York Mets. He was a 12-time All-Star who hit more home runs as a catcher (396 of his 427) than any other player in history. The unanimous 1993 National League Rookie of the Year with the Los Angeles Dodgers finished in the Top 10 in the National League MVP voting seven times, and became the first catcher to collect at least 200 hits (201, in 1997).

His Sept. 21, 2001, game-winning home run for the Mets against the Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium in the first game held in New York after the 9/11 attacks is considered on of the most uplifting moments in New York sports history.

In 2015, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America voted in four players — John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Craig Biggio — the first time in six decades the writers elected four cand­idates in one year. (You need 75 percent of the vote to get in; writers can vote for up to 10 candidates.)

Jeff Bagwell (315 votes, 71.6 percent), Tim Raines (307 votes, 69.8) and Trevor Hoffman (296, 67.3) finished just shy of the 330 votes needed to meet the 75-percent threshold for induction.

This year there were 15 new players on the ballot, and 17 returning players.

The Hall of Fame now has 312 elected members, including 217 players, of which 121 have come through the BBWAA ballot. The average ballot in the 2016 election contained 7.95 names with 41.6 percent of the voters using all 10 slots.

Voting results:

Ken Griffey Jr. 437 (99.3), Mike Piazza 365 (83.0), Jeff Bagwell 315 (71.6), Tim Raines 307 (69.8), Trevor Hoffman 296 (67.3), Curt Schilling 230 (52.3), Roger Clemens 199 (45.2), Barry Bonds 195 (44.3), Edgar Martinez 191 (43.4), Mike Mussina 189 (43.0), Alan Trammell 180 (40.9), Lee Smith 150 (34.1), Fred McGriff 92 (20.9), Jeff Kent 73 (16.6), Larry Walker 68 (15.5), Mark McGwire 54 (12.3), Gary Sheffield 51 (11.6), Billy Wagner 46 (10.5), Sammy Sosa 31 (7.0), Jim Edmonds 11 (2.5), Nomar Garciaparra 8 (1.8), Mike Sweeney 3 (0.7), David Eckstein 2 (0.5), Jason Kendall 2 (0.5), Garret Anderson 1 (0.2), Brad Ausmus 0, Luis Castillo 0, Troy Glaus 0, Mark Grudzielanek 0, Mike Hampton 0, Mike Lowell 0, Randy Winn 0.

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