The BBWAA released their ballot for the Hall of Fame class of 2016 last Monday. The results of the vote are due to be revealed on January 6th, with induction taking place next July. After Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz were elected in last year’s voting, the new ballot contains 17 holdovers along with 15 newcomers, which may start to cause a bit of a problem. The current BBWAA rules continue to limit the number of votes on one ballot to 10, and there may be more than 10 deserving candidates, so there will be too many qualified candidates fighting for limited spots in a shorter amount of time. Once again, the BBWAA and the Hall may find themselves with a mess on their hands.
Last Thursday, we looked at the returning candidates. Today, it’s time to look at the newcomers and who will be thankful come January.
The long-time Angel had a proud career, but has no chance to stay on the ballot for another year, let alone earn election at some point.
It should be a quick one and out for the current Tigers manager.
Again, a perfectly acceptable career, but will be lucky to get a sympathy vote from a hometown writer.
Wow, this batch of newcomers is starting to look a little weak.
The defensive whiz will likely get some support, but not enough to get elected in this, or any other, year.
Another long time Angel who has no chance of being elected.
Ken Griffey Jr.
The former Mariner, Red, and White Sox outfielder is likely to be the only newcomer elected in his first year of eligibility. 630 career home runs, without a hint of PED suspicion, will let him easily surpass the 75% threshold.
Yeah, that’s not going to happen.
The one-time poster child for bad long term contracts is unlikely to get much support in what should be his one HOF election.
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