2018 BBWAA Hall of Fame Voting Results

 

Hall of Fame voting results

Receiving the necessary 75 percent of votes, Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman were announced as the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018. Here are the results from the 422 ballots cast. Iit will make for a big summer induction party as these four men will join with pitcher Jack Morris and shortstop Alan Trammell, selected by today’s equivalent of the Veterans’ Committee for the full class of six new player members going into the Land of Cooperstown Mythology this coming July.

We were not surprised – and we were also pleased – to see first-timers Chipper Jones and Jim Thome going in as first ballot picks with their high rates of choice. We were also very happy to see the great hitter and competitor, Vladimir Guerrero, going into the Hall as the first offensive inductee from the Dominican Republic. If your club played against him, Vlad was always one of those guys you wished were in your dugout, especially in close important games that he so often took away with drives over the wall, off the wall, or down the line.

I wasn’t real happy with one of the non-former-player talking heads at the MLB Channel who dismissively threw away future chances for Billy Wagner getting the HOF nod, but I was very pleased to see Trevor Hoffman and his 601 saves get the call for greatness over time. As an Astros fan, who didn’t hate to see Hoffman of the Padres coming into an Astros-one-run-down game in the 9th?

Looks like Edgar Martinez now stands in line at 70.4% for next year’s sympathy pull into the Hall as the first really dedicated high achiever among the early DH players. He will either go in next time alone or wait to get pulled in with David “Big Pappy” Ortiz when that man makes the ballot. We’re betting on next year.

It will take a support campaign to boost pitcher Mike Mussina over that 11.5% deficit he faces, but I can’t see that happening. If Mussina had 300 wins, he’d be in by now, and I can’t see these voters coming up with a reason for dismissing that his 270 total  was not enough. Mussina wasn’t Sandy Koufax.

Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are floating in the high 50% area, but it’s hard to see what could bounce that up another 18%., barring the sudden appearance of a steroids amnesia outbreak and all the convictions that already have been taken by most fans on most accused players, except these two guys. My guess? We get to wait and see how the BBWAA and veteran judges view the world once their ranks are loaded with voters born no earlier than 2001.

Name Votes Pct.
Chipper Jones 410 97.2%
Vladimir Guerrero 392 92.9%
Jim Thome 379 89.8%
Trevor Hoffman 337 79.9%
Edgar Martinez 297 70.4%
Mike Mussina 268 63.5%
Roger Clemens 242 57.3%
Barry Bonds 238 56.4%
Curt Schilling 216 51.2%
Omar Vizquel 156 37.0%
Larry Walker 144 34.1%
Fred McGriff 98 23.2%
Manny Ramirez 93 22.0%
Jeff Kent 61 14.5%
Gary Sheffield 47 11.1%
Billy Wagner 47 11.1%
Scott Rolen 43 10.2%
Sammy Sosa 33 7.8%
Andruw Jones 31 7.3%
Jamie Moyer 10 2.4%
Johann Santana 10 2.4%
Johnny Damon 8 1.9%
Hideki Matsui 4 0.9%
Chris Carpenter 2 0.5%
Kerry Wood 2 0.5%
Livan Hernandez 1 0.2%
Carlos Lee 1 0.2%
Orlando Hudson 0 0
Aubrey Huff 0 0
Jason Isringhausen 0 0
Brad Lidge 0 0
Kevin Millwood 0 0
Carlos Zambrano 0 0

(Voting Chart, Courtesy of ESPN, o1/24/2018)

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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