The Baseball Essential Writers Association of America (BBEWAA), a group that does not actually exist, recently held it’s own version of the Hall of Fame election. We at Baseball Essential are not the first online group to hold a mock election, nor will we be the last. But when push comes to shove, it seems like we probably had the same results that the actual BBWAA will announce on January 6: Ken Griffey Jr. was elected almost unanimously, Mike Piazza snuck over the 75 percent line for election, and everyone else fell short. Here are the results, with some notes and commentary after:
Some interesting notes and tidbits:
- Our voters used an average of 8.19 votes per ballot. Three voters used only three votes each, while 29 — nearly half — used all ten available spots.
- Six voters voted for Bonds but not Clemens. Three voted for Clemens but not Bonds.
- Only two voters did not vote for Griffey. One of those used all ten of his spots, so it’s reasonable to assume that he had at least eleven worthy players in his mind and he chose to skip Griffey and give his vote to someone who needed it more. The other non-Griffey voter had what might have been the strangest ballot: Hoffman, Mussina, Smith, and Wagner. Apparently not being a relief pitcher is a big impediment to garnering unanimous election.
- There were only two sets of identical ballots, at each end of the loaded-ballot spectrum. Two voters had identical ballots of Griffey, Hoffman, and Mussina, while two others voted for the same ten players: Bagwell, Bonds, Clemens, Griffey, Hoffman, Martinez, Mussina, Piazza, Raines, and Walker. The other 55 ballots were all different.
- Martinez was much more popular with our voters than he has been with the BBWAA thus far. There has been some talk about Martinez lately in discussions about David Ortiz‘s eventual Hall of Fame candidacy; it will be interesting to see this coming week whether Martinez got any similar sort of bump in the actual voting.
- Five votes went to players who would fall off our hypothetical ballot with less than five percent of the vote. All five of those votes came from voters who filled all ten spots on their ballots, which means Glaus, Ausmus, Hampton, and Kendal may have stolen votes from more deserving candidates.
What would your ballot look like? Let us know in the comments!