MLB 2016 Hall of Fame Class Announced

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Baseball’s 2016 Hall of Fame Class was announced today, a class of only two inductees: Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr.

In addition to making it into the Hall in just his first year of eligibility, Griffey broke the record for the highest percentage of votes garnered by any one player. By being named on 437 of the 440 total Hall of Fame ballots, Griffey received 99.3% of the total votes, topping the previous record-holder, Tom Seaver, who had received 98.8%.

Griffey’s 630 career homers rank sixth of all-time, and very few active players are in position to approach that mark (although Alex Rodriguez already has): Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels, at 560, is likely to pass it given continued health. Only seven active players have hit at least half of the home runs that Griffey slugged: Pujols, David Ortiz, Adrian Beltre, Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Beltran, and Ryan Howard.

Voters selected another prominent slugger in Piazza. His 427 home runs are the most by any catcher of all-time, and only one active catcher has even half that total: Brian McCann, who is currently at 225. Piazza has the sixth-most career Wins Above Replacement for any catcher, trailing only Yogi Berra, Carlton Fisk, Ivan Rodriguez, Gary Carter, and leader Johnny Bench. All are Hall of Famers except Rodriguez, who will be eligible starting next season.

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