Since the last time we talked about this, it’s been a few long weeks until Wednesday night’s announcement of the official 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot results. Ryan Thibodaux has the current publicly-released ballots organized on his awesome HOF tracker. We expect the results to be on the BBWAA website shortly (Ah, there it is!).
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Bagwell will join his teammate, Craig Biggio, a couple years later. Raines went the distance on the ballot as he was caught in the 15-to-10 year cut, but finally got in. Pudge got in on his first try, just over the 75% threshold.
As for the holdovers, Vladimir Guerrero will most likely get in next year with 71.7%. Trevor Hoffman also just barely missed, with 74% of the vote. Down the line, we see should-be Hall of Famers like Edgar Martinez, Barry Bonds, and Roger Clemens make significant gains. Edgar has only two years left on the ballot, but may get a huge boost now that the ballot has been uncluttered somewhat. Mike Mussina also made a huge step forward, but Curt Schilling suffered a major hit after his many foibles on social media.
For the Chicago Cubs, long-time ballot mainstay Lee Smith has finally run out of time, dropping off the ballot in his final year with only 34.2% of the vote. Sammy Sosa stays alive, with 8.6%. There were sprinkles of votes for random guys, but not enough to keep Jorge Posada on the ballot, as he is surprisingly one-and-done with only 3.8% of the vote.