BBWAA Fail: With 17% Of Vote Tallied, Piazza Still On Outside Looking In

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A week from today, on Wednesday, January 8, the 2014 inductees to the National Baseball Hall of Fame will be announced.

As of this morning, Mike Piazza is losing ground and now has 71.9% which is outside the the 75% threshold for induction. Here is the full tally of the 96 ballots counted by Baseball Think Factory.

Updated: Jan.1 – 10:00 AM ~ 96 Full Ballots (16.9% of vote ~ based on last year)

100 – Maddux
97.9 – Glavine
89.6 – F. Thomas
80.2 – Biggio
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71.9 – Piazza
64.6 – Bagwell
63.5 – Jack (The Jack) Morris
56.3 – Raines
44.8 – Bonds
43.8 – Clemens
38.5 – Schilling
33.3 – Mussina
24.0 – Trammell
20.8 – L. Smith
20.8 – E. Martinez
16.7 – McGriff
11.5 – Kent
11.5 – McGwire
10.4 – L. Walker
8.3 – S. Sosa
7.3 – R. Palmeiro

Pardon my French, but can you believe this shit? I mean seriously, this is appalling and if this trend holds there is going to be a lot of pissed off Mets fans and Dodgers fans.

In case you weren’t aware, our own MMO BBWAA member John Delcos, voted the full allotment of ten players as follows:

Mike Piazza

Jeff Bagwell

Craig Biggio

Tom Glavine

Greg Maddux

Edgar Martinez

Jack Morris

Mike Mussina

Tim Raines

Frank Thomas

His only regret was not having room enough for Jeff Kent, who he hopes to select next year.

It’s amazing to me that Piazza’s 396 home runs as a catcher – the most by a catcher in baseball history – is not enough to get him in. But then also throw in his career .308/.377/ .545 slash, 344 doubles, 427 home runs, 1,335 RBI, and a 145 OPS+ all at a premium position.

In his career, Piazza won a Rookie of the Year Award in 1993 along with 11 Silver Sluggers, 14 All Star selections, and finished in the Top 10 of MVP voting six times including two second place finishes.

What a humiliation for the BBWAA if he gets shutout again.

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