The Class of 2013 MLB Hall of Fame….with a twist.

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In a news release, MLB addressed the failure of electing a player into the Hall of Fame:

“Major League Baseball recognizes that election to the Hall of Fame is our game’s most extraordinary individual honor. Achieving enshrinement in Cooperstown is difficult, as it should be, and there have been seven other years when no one was elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. While this year did not produce an electee, there are many worthy candidates who will merit consideration in the future. We respect both the longstanding process that the Hall of Fame has in place and the role of the BBWAA, whose members have voted in the Hall of Fame’s elections since 1936.”

This might be shocking to some, but not to me; this repeated act  sends a firm signal that stars of the Steroids Era  will be judged in a different light.  There are candidates that are deserving of this honored privilege and I believe in due time they will be voted in.  There were 569 ballots cast, the third highest total in the history of the voting, but none of the 37 candidates made it in.  Five blank ballots were among those submitted.

To make the Hall of Fame ballot, a player must have spent at least 10 seasons in the majors and have been retired for five years.  Staying on the ballot is an achievement within itself; a player must receive 5 percent of the vote each year or he drops off the ballot.  Every December, members of the  Baseball Writers of Association of America receive a brown envelope stuffed with information on players who are eligible for enshrinement.  Approval on 75 percent of returned ballots is needed for induction, and with pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas eligible for the first time next year, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGuire and Roger Clemens figure to be on the outside looking in for a long while.

2013 BBWAA/Hall of Fame Voting

Ballots Cast: 569    Needed for Election: 427
VOTES PLAYER PERCENTAGE
388 Craig Biggio 68.20%
385 Jack Morris 67.70%
339 Jeff Bagwell 59.60%
329 Mike Piazza 57.80%
297 Tim Raines 52.20%
272 Lee Smith 47.80%
221 Curt Schilling 38.80%
214 Roger Clemens 37.60%
206 Barry Bonds 36.20%
204 Edgar Martinez 35.90%
191 Alan Trammell 33.60%
123 Larry Walker 21.60%
118 Fred McGriff 20.70%
106 Dale Murphy 18.60%
96 Mark McGwire 16.90%
75 Don Mattingly 13.20%
71 Sammy Sosa 12.50%
50 Rafael Palmeiro 8.80%
19 Bernie Williams 3.30%
18 Kenny Lofton 3.20%
16 Sandy Alomar Jr. 2.80%
6 Julio Franco 1.10%
5 David Wells 0.90%
4 Steve Finley 0.70%
2 Shawn Green 0.40%
1 Reggie Sanders 0.20%
1 Aaron Sele 0.20%
0 Jeff Cirillo 0.00%
0 Royce Clayton 0.00%
0 Jeff Conine 0.00%
0 Roberto Hernandez 0.00%
0 Ryan Klesko 0.00%
0 Jose Mesa 0.00%
0 Mike Stanton 0.00%
0 Todd Walker 0.00%
0 Rondell White 0.00%
0 Woody Williams 0.00%

Of the 13 players who debuted on the ballot last year, only one made it back this year.  The other 12 candidates all received fewer than 7 votes, with six players getting shut out.  Twenty-four players made their ballot debut this year. Even though this is considered the strongest class in years, as many as 13 players figure to have a short stay on the ballot.

There will be three individuals who will be inducted posthumously.

Umpire Hank O’Day, Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert and 19th Century catcher and third baseman Deacon White were elected to the Hall of Fame in December by the Pre-Integration Era Committee.  The late Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek, who called the first 4,306 regular season games and 41 Postseason games in Toronto Blue Jays history, has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting. MLB.com senior correspondent Paul Hagen, who has covered baseball for nearly four decades, has been named the 2013 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award presented annually to a sportswriter for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.  along with Dr. Frank Jobe, the surgeon that forged new ground for pitchers with the development of what is now known as Tommy John surgery.

By the end of this weekend, the Hall of Fame will have 300 enshrined members.

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