On Monday the Baseball Writers’ Association of American announced its 2016 Hall of Fame Ballot, as 15 new players were added to the list. (There are 32 in all.)
Newcomers this year include former outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., closer Trevor Hoffman, infielder David Eckstein, as well as third basemen Troy Glaus and Mike Lowell.
Candidates, to make the Hall, need over 75.0% of the vote, which consists of roughly 475 voting members of the BBWAA. Last year’s class included pitchers Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, and John Smoltz, along with former Astros’ infielder/outfielder (and Seton Hall alum) Craig Biggio. It was the first time in 60 years that was many as four players were voted in in the same year.
Former Mets’ catcher Mike Piazza received 69.9 percent of votes last year—will 2016 be his year? (Poll below.)
Griffey finished his career with 630 home runs, sixth-most in baseball history. He played 22 years and collected 2,781 hits. He’s likely to be voted in. Hoffman’s 601 saves and 856 games are second only to Yankees‘ legend Mariano Rivera. He, too, is likely to be in.
Ballots have to be mailed by December 21 and results will be announced January 6, 2016, by HOF president Jeff Idelson on MLB Network.
The ballot includes many familiar names, several of which were Mets or Yankees during their career:
Garret Anderson, Brad Ausmus, Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Luis Castillo, Roger Clemens, David Eckstein, Jim Edmonds, Nomar Garciaparra, Troy Glaus, Ken Griffey Jr., Mark Grudzielanek, Mike Hampton, Trevor Hoffman, Jason Kendall, Jeff Kent, Mike Lowell, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Mike Mussina, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Gary Sheffield, Lee Smith, Sammy Sosa, Mike Sweeney, Alan Trammell, Billy Wagner, Larry Walker, and Randy Winn.