MLB - Griffey and Piazza were revealed as the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 during a live show on MLB Network and MLB.com on Wednesday. Griffey is the first No. 1 pick to make it, while Piazza is the lowest pick to do so. And while Griffey fell short of being the first player elected unanimously by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, he was named on 99.3 percent of ballots (437 of 440), breaking the record of 98.84 percent set by Tom Seaver in 1992. Piazza received 83 percent (365 of 440) in his fourth year on the ballot.
Even Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds gained some traction for the first time in their fourth years on the ballot. Clemens, winner of 354 games, went from 37.5 last year to 45.2 percent this year. Bonds, the all-time leader with 762 homers, earned a bump from 36.8 percent to 44.3 percent.
There may not be a more egotistical collection of people than the BBWAA. Every year we hear them bitch about one thing or the other. Some are pissed they can only vote for ten players. Some don't vote for any. Who the fuck didn't vote for Ken Griffey Jr. to make the hall of fame? Who the FUCK didn't vote for Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, or Willie Mays? The fact nobody has ever received a unanimous selection is just stupid but that's not even my biggest problem with the HOF.
Let's talk about the steroid guys. I know everyone has a hot take on this but my argument actually makes sense. Anyone who doesn't think Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens are hall of famers are just wrong. The best way to look at the steroid era is as just that. It was an era. You know why Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth didn't take PEDs? Because they didn't exist back then! If they could've taken a supplement that would've increased their stats, salary, and popularity of course they would have. So would you! MLB didn't institute PED testing until the early 2000s so technically most of these guys weren't even breaking the rules. And for those of you that argue we can't let them in because it would ruin the character and integrity of the HOF let me remind you that Ty Cobb is in there and it's public knowledge that he was a flaming racist who would fight fans in the stands and try to injure players by sliding spikes up.
Lastly, every year we hear arguments that guys like Larry Walker and Tim Raines should get voted in. The problem with this thinking is that when we compare Walker's stats to other hall of famers we always compare them to the worst players voted in which after years of doing has lowered what it takes to get into the hall. In my opinion if I don't instantly think of you as a hall of fame player, you aren't a hall of fame player. Pedro Martinez? Hall of fame. Nolan Ryan? Hall of fame. Mike Mussina? I don't think so.....