1-7-2016 10-21-22 AM

On Wednesday the Baseball Writers Association of America announced that Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza had been elected into the Hall of Fame.

More importantly for Rays fans, former outfielder Randy Winn was robbed by not receiving a single vote in his first year of eligibility.

Wait. That’s not it. Well, that note on Winn is true, but the important note for Rays fans was the sudden up-tick in votes for Fred McGriff. After being named on just 12.9% of the ballots last year, 20.9% of the voters named McGriff this year.

Unfortunately for McGriff, he needed a surge earlier in the process. With just ten years of eligibility now, even if McGriff can see similar jumps in his remaining three years of eligibility, he is still going to come up short, ending up somewhere in the neighborhood of 45-50%.

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  1. Geoff Peterson says:

    Unfortunately Fred retired at the same time a lot of the PED users did and his stats look pedestrian for that time period as a result. When comparing to players from modern history, his stats are very similar to both Willie McCovey and Willie Stargell, both of whom are in the Hall of Fame. This is what the voters should be basing their votes on, not what roiders like Bonds, McGwire, and Sosa produced.

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  2. monte says:

    Geoff, you are absolutely right. Good observation. You look at the numbers for all three and these guys all look alike. And it was fun to watch each of them play. And all three seemed to be very nice men. Fred should be in the Hall of Fame. His numbers were genuine.

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  3. Gus says:

    You have to think there is some African-American bias creeping in here among the lilly white HOF electorate. Guys like McGriff and Raines -- products of the I-4 corridor -- don't make it in, but meatheads from the northeast like Piazza and his back acne and terrible defense make it in? It is very frustrating. Both Fred and Rock Raines have incredible career cases to make pre-PEDs, but have no chance with the coming wave of inflated and phony career #s (I'm looking at you Pudge Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez, roid-heads both.)

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  4. FortMyersDave says:

    I agree; McGriff is losing votes because his career overlapped with many known Roiders like Sosa, McGuire, Palmeiro, Bonds etc.... The guy has solid numbers; too bad he could not get 15 years of eligibility, then he might have a chance especially if a class comes along without a bonafide first ballot entrant.

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