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Bagwell, Raines, Rodriguez Elected to Hall of Fame

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The vote shows a marked change in the way writers view players suspected of PED use.

Rodriguez garnered 76% of the vote in his first year on the ballot. Rodriguez suddenly could not live up to his nickname of “Pudge” once drug testing started, showing up to Spring Training much slimmer than he had ever been. Plus, Jose Canseco claims to have injected Rodriguez with steroids. Yet he made it as a first-timer, while Mike Piazza, who was the subject of much weaker PED whispers, had to wait four years.

Bagwell was also the victim of similar whispers. He finally made it in on his seventh year on the ballot with 86% of the vote. Raines also got 86% in his tenth and final year on the ballot.

Trevor Hoffman got 74%, missing by just five votes. Vladimir Guerrero got 71%. How Guerrero was not a first-ballot lock escapes me. Maybe writers did not want to vote two Montreal Expos in on the same year (by the way, the IBWAA correctly voted for Guerrero).

Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds got 54% and 53% respectively, climbing about 10% over last year. However, they fell short of the 65% at which they were trending. At this point, it seems like their induction is inevitable.

Here is the rest of the vote:

Player Year on ballot Votes Pct
Jeff Bagwell 7th 381 86.2%
Tim Raines 10th 380 86.0%
Ivan Rodriguez 1st 336 76.0%
Trevor Hoffman 2nd 327 74.0%
Vladimir Guerrero 1st 317 71.7%
Edgar Martinez 8th 259 58.6%
Roger Clemens 5th 239 54.1%
Barry Bonds 5th 238 53.8%
Miike Mussina 4th 229 51.8%
Curt Schilling 5th 199 45.0%
Lee Smith 15th 151 34.2%
Manny Ramirez 1st 105 23.8%
Larry Walker 7th 97 21.9%
Fred McGriff 9th 96 21.7%
Jeff Kent 4th 74 16.7%
Gary Sheffield 3rd 59 13.3%
Billy Wagner 2nd 45 10.2%
Sammy Sosa 5th 38 8.6%
Jorge Posada 1st 17 3.8%
Magglio Ordonez 1st 3 0.7%
Edgar Renteria 1st 2 0.5%
Jason Varitek 1st 2 0.5%
Tim Wakefield 1st 1 0.2%



One thought on “Bagwell, Raines, Rodriguez Elected to Hall of Fame

  • Douglas

    Best Hall of Fame (for putting in deserving players fast and accurately, and not compilers, cheaters, weak candidates): CFL
    Next: NFL
    Next: NHL
    NBA or MLB as the worst. On the one hand, MLB fails to put in candidates quickly and has arguably left out a handful of true HOF, plus has a few truly undeserving entrants. On the other, NBA has put in a few truly weak, weak inductees recently, weakest members of all, and has left better players out of the Hall (better as in better than Mullin, Sampson, White…..). Which is a more dysfunctional Hall? If MLB celebrates steroid cheats, I’d vote them.

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