2013 Hall of Fame: It Doesn’t Look Good For Mike Piazza

An article by posted on January 5, 2013

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Yesterday, Clayton did a nice job digging up as many Hall of Fame ballots as he could to put together a sneak preview of what we could expect on Wednesday when the BBWAA will announce who will be inducted into Cooperstown.

With about 12% of all the ballots in, it looks like Mike Piazza will not have nearly enough votes to make the Class of 2013, and in fact the data shows that only second baseman Craig Biggio will get elected.

It’s very sad to say the least, and in a short while Jessep will have a post up that I urge all of you to read. So check back in about an hour.

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In the months leading up to the official announcement of the results of the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot, many voting eligible BBWAA writers released their choices on which players they selected to make it to Cooperstown. Yesterday, I spent 12 hours compiling as many of these released ballots as I could find, tallied them, and came up with a small sample of what the 2013 ballot results may look like.

I found 72 complete released ballots and 11 partially released ballots in searching yesterday out of the approximately 575 total ballots. In all, this ended up being about 13%-15% of all the ballots cast. Many of the voters are retired and do not have a Twitter or media outlet to publicly announce their choices, so I was satisfied with this number.

Anyway, without further ado, here is your 2013 Hall of Fame sneek peek:

2013 sample Hall of fame ballot

These results tell us a number of things. First, if this trend continues with the remaining 500 votes, Craig Biggio will become a first ballot Hall of Famer with his longtime teammate still missing the mark. The likes of Jack Morris, Lee Smith, Fred McGriff and Larry Walker could potentially suffer from the large incoming class and the controversy that has come with it. It seems that many are grouping Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens together in their ballot results as well as Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro. I was also surprised to see that there is next to no support for Sammy Sosa, even from those who voted for steroid users; I would be surprised if he ended up with 7% of the vote when the official ballot announcement is made.

As for Mike Piazza, I was glad to see a high showing for him as well as Bagwell, however the reasons that many voters withheld from Piazza were dreadful. From back acne to hearsay, advanced sabermetrics and his groin muscle injury in 2003, it seemed as if writers were pulling reasons out of the air not to vote for him, simply because he didn’t pass their “eye test”, which is a shame. If not for the cheaters like Bonds and Clemens casting a dark shadow on the game, Piazza and (and likely Bagwell) would be first-ballot Hall of Famers. I digress.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this small sample and we will see how accurate this turns out to be come Wednesday. One thing to keep in mind is those who release their ballots tend to have some level of controversy involved, so we may only be looking at some of the more extreme ballots.

Here is the complete list of writers with their ballots that I collected. Those marked with a *** mean they are an incomplete ballot meaning they stated some players they would vote for, but did not release their entire ballot:

  • Pete Abraham: Jeff Bagwell Craig Biggio Barry Bonds Roger Clemens Mike Piazza Tim Raines Curt Schilling Alan Trammell
  • Mel Antonen: Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Jack Morris, Tim Raines, Mike Piazza, Edgar Martinez, Alan Trammell and Lee Smith
  • Ken Davidoff: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Kenny Lofton, Edgar Martinez, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Alan Trammell, Larry Walker
  • Adam Rubin: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Lee Smith
  • ***Barry Bloom: Not Dale Murphy
  • Bob Brookover: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Mike Piazza, Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro
  • Murray Chass: Jack Morris
  • Ron Chimelis: Fred McGriff, Jack Morris, Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio
  • John Delcos/MMO: Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio, Edgar Martinez, Jeff Bagwell, Fred McGriff, Jack Morris, Don Mattingly and Tim Raines
  • ***Tony DeMarco: Not Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, McGwire or Palmeiro.
  • Bob Klapisch: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Edgar Martinez, Tim Raines, Alan Trammell
  • Ken Rosenthal: Jeff Bagwell, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Tim Raines, Lee Smith, Alan Trammell
  • ***Peter Gammons: No to: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens… Yes to: Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Edgar Martinez, Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell,
  • ***Pedro Gomez: No to: Jeff Bagwell,
  • ***Phillip Hersh: No to: Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza…. Yes to: Craig Biggio, Alan Trammell, Tim Raines
  • Jack McCaffery: Pete Rose (write-in), Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Mike Piazza, Curt Schilling and Alan Trammell
  • Pat Hickey: Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, Curt Schilling, Jack Morris, David Wells, Alan Trammell, Tim Raines
  • Bob Ryan: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Edgar Martinez, Jack Morris, Piazza, Tim Raines, and Curt Schilling
  • TR Sullivan: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Jack Morris, Rafael Palmeiro, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Sammy Sosa, Alan Trammell
  • Garry Brown: Jack Morris, Tim Raines, Edgar Martinez, Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio
  • ***Nick Cafardo: Craig Biggio,
  • Jeff Jacobs: Curt Schilling, Jeff Bagwell, Jack Morris, Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza
  • Sam Carchidi: Pete Rose (write-in), Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Lee Smith
  • Fred Klein: Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, Lee Smith, Jack Morris, Edgar Martinez, Alan Trammell and Curt Schilling
  • Richard Griffin:  Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Larry Walker, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza and Craig Biggio
  • Charles Scoggins: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza, Mark McGwire, Dale Murphy, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Lee Smith
  • Tim Brown: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Edgar Martinez, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling and Larry Walker
  • Jay Dunn: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Fred McGriff, Jack Morris, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Lee Smith, Alan Trammell, and Bernie Williams
  • Lynn Henning: Jeff Bagwell;Craig Biggio; Barry Bonds; Roger Clemens; Edgar Martinez; Mike Piazza; Tim Raines; Alan Trammell
  • David Lariviere: Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, Lee Smith, Fred McGriff
  • Jose de Jesus Ortiz: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Jeff Bagwell, Criag Biggio, Sammy Sosa and Mike Piazza and Rafael Palmeiro
  • Phil Rogers: Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, Mike Piazza, Jack Morris, Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, Alan Trammell, Craig Biggio and Larry Walker
  • ***Mark Kreidler: Craig Biggio
  • David Lennon: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Jack Morris, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling
  • Tom Deinhart: Dale Murphy, Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Jack Morris, Lee Smith.
  • ***Michael Silverman: Yes to: Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza… No to: Sammy Sosa, or Jack Morris
  • Jim Caple: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Tim Raines, Alan Trammell, Mike Piazza, Edgar Martinez, Curt Schilling and, Jack Morris
  • Tim Kawakami: Dale Murphy, Jeff Bagwell, Jack Morris, Tim Raines, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Curt Schilling, Craig Biggio
  • John Lopez: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio
  • Mike Nadel: Craig Biggio, Jack Morris, Curt Schilling, Tim Raines
  • Steve Buckley: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Jack Morris, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines and Curt Schilling
  • Marc Maturo: Pete Rose (write-in), Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Craig Biggio, Jack Morris, Rafael Palmeiro, Mike Piazza and Tim Raines
  • Mike Lefkow: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Mike Piazza, Lee Smith
  • Martin Fennelly: Craig Biggio, Tim Raines, Lee Smith, Alan Trammell and Larry Walker
  • Jim Ingraham: Craig Biggio, Kenny Lofton, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Jack Morris, and Tim Raines
  • Dave Albee: Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio
  • Buster Olney: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Rafael Palmeiro, Mike Piazza, Sammy Sosa
  • Ron Kroichick: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio
  • Larry Stone: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Edgar Martinez, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Alan Trammell, Larry Walker
  • Geoff Baker: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Alan Trammell, Jack Morris
  • Tracy Ringolsby: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Alan Trammell and Larry Walker
  • Roch Kubatko: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Tim Raines, Lee Smith and Alan Trammel, Mike Piazza
  • Frank Clines: Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Mike Piazza, Lee Smith, Sammy Sosa and Alan Trammell
  • Bob Hille: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Rafael Palmeiro, Mike Piazza, Sammy Sosa, Alan Trammell
  • Gary D. Howard: Don Mattingly, Jack Morris, Curt Schilling, Lee Smith
  • Stan McNeal: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling
  • Henry Schulman: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Jeff Bagwell, Jack Morris, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling and Lee Smith, Craig Biggio
  • Mike Imrem: Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Kenny Lofton, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Mike Piazza, Curt Schilling, Lee Smith, Sammy Sosa
  • Barry Rozner: Barry Bonds, Craig Biggio, Tim Raines, Lee Smith, Jack Morris, Curt Schilling
  • Bruce Miles: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Edgar Martinez, Jack Morris, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Lee Smith, Alan Trammell
  • Scot Gregor: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling
  • Jon Becker: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Edgar Martinez, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Sammy Sosa, Alan Trammell, Larry Walker
  • Mel Antonen: Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Jack Morris, Tim Raines, Mike Piazza, Edgar Martinez, Alan Trammell and Lee Smith
  • Troy Renck: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Edgar Martinez, Jack Morris, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling and Alan Trammell.
  • Richard Justice: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Edgar Martinez, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Alan Trammell
  • Kirby Arnold: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Jack Morris, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Lee Smith and Alan Trammell.
  • Bob Sherwin: Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Edgar Martinez, Mike Piazza, Jack Morris
  • Jim Street: Craig Biggio, Edgar Martinez, Jack Morris, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling and Lee Smith
  • Joe Henderson: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Mike Piazza
  • Mike Fine: Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Edgar Martinez, Dale Murphy, Rafael Palmeiro, Tim Raines, Lee Smith, Larry Walker
  • ***Pat Caputo: No to: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio, Rafael Palmeiro, Jeff Bagwell and Mark McGwire
  • Tim Cowlishaw: Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Edgar Martinez, Mark McGwire, Tim Raines, Larry Walker
  • Joe Capozzi: Tim Raines and Jack Morris
  • Mark Faller: None
  • Jeff Flanagan: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Mike Piazza, Curt Schilling, Tim Raines, Lee Smith and Jack Morris
  • Peter Kerasotis: Don Mattingly, Tim Raines, Alan Trammell
  • Danny Knobler: Jack Morris, Alan Trammell, Tim Raines
  • John Tomase: Jeff Bagwell, Curt Schilling, Alan Trammell, Mark McGwire, Mike Piazza, Jack Morris, Edgar Martinez
  • Jorge Ebro: None
  • Ron Rapoport: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Edgar Martinez, Mike Piazza, Lee Smith, Rafael Palmeiro, Alan Trammell
  • John Perrotto: Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza, Edgar Martinez, Rafael Palmeiro, Curt Schilling, Alan Trammell, Larry Walker
  • ***Dave Van Dyck: No to: Craig Biggio
  • ***Fred Mitchell: No to: Craig Biggio

Congrats To Craig Biggio!!!

 

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Hope Craig Biggio makes it when the remaining 85% of the ballot comes out, he deserves it. A member of the 3,000 hit club, and a fellow Seton Hall Pirate. ;)

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Clayton Collier, a senior editor for MMO, is a Journalism major with a minor in Broadcasting at Seton Hall University. He is also a staff member at 89.5 WSOU, Seton Hall's modern active rock radio station. Following him on Twitter: @Clayton_Collier or E-maili him at MaybeNextYearMets@yahoo.com

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