We still don’t know the identities of the three people who refused to cast votes for Ken Griffey Jr. for Baseball Hall of Fame induction, but it’s likely we’ll find out soon. Nothing stays secret for too long any longer, and somehow the identities of those three will be revealed. It’s likely they left Griffey off their ballots for one of two reasons: either they wanted to prevent a unanimous election, or they believe Griffey was part of the performance-enhancing drugs culture that pervade Major League Baseball during the bulk of his career – even though he was never linked to PEDs.
Griffey received a fine consolation prize when his 99.3 percent vote total became the highest in hall of fame balloting history, vaulting him past Tom Seaver for the top spot. It’s unlikely Griffey will lament the lack of perfection, because the magic percentage for HOF inclusion is 75, not 100. For many players, 75.1 percent would be just fine.
Mike Piazza will join Griffey on the stage at Cooperstown this summer, thanks to his relatively modest – by comparison – 83 percent figure. Both were considered strong candidates for inclusion this year, and each has unassailable hall of fame credentials, based solely on statistics. Their numbers are certainly impressive. They will be part of the hall’s annual celebration and will be forever part of the Cooperstown elite.
They are also players who spent large portions of their careers during the steroid era of 1995-2008, when baseball stats swelled to unprecedented levels, and anybody who thrived under some level of suspicion.Read more