Hall of Fame Ballot for 2016 Enshrinement

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Here is the ballot tracker

https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx...=file,xlsx&app=Excel&authkey=!AC7uZHAmcVGWgwE


Garret Anderson
Brad Ausmus

Jeff Bagwell
Barry Bonds
Luis Castillo
Roger Clemens
David Eckstein
Jim Edmonds

Nomar Garciaparra
Troy Glaus
Ken Griffey Jr.
Mark Grudzielanek
Mike Hampton
Trevor Hoffman
Jason Kendall

Jeff Kent
Mike Lowell
Edgar Martinez
Fred McGriff
Mark McGwire*
Mike Mussina
Mike Piazza
Tim Raines
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Lee Smith
Sammy Sosa
Mike Sweeney
Alan Trammell*
Billy Wagner
Larry Walker
Randy Winn

Bold indicates first time on ballot
* Final year on ballot

The new rules for the BBWAA ballot winnowed the rolls by about 125 voters, a Hall official said. While 625 ballots were sent out last year, about 475 were put in the mail on Monday.

Another rule change seriously affects Raines, who is going into his ninth and next-to-last year on the BBWAA ballot. In the past, BBWAA eligibility was for as long as 15 years, but the Hall shortened that period by five years in 2014, grandfathering in three players who were already in the 11- to 15-year range: Don Mattingly, Lee Smith and Alan Trammell. It is also McGwire's final year on the ballot.

Mattingly's BBWAA eligibility ended with the last ballot. On this one, Trammell is in his 15th and final year and Smith his 14th. Smith received 30.2 percent of the vote and Trammell 25.1 percent last time.

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/156820432/griffey-hoffman-highlight-hall-of-fame-ballot
 
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Players need 357 votes to make it.

My list:
Griffey Jr.
Piazza
Bagwell
Raines
Schilling
Mussina
Martinez
Hoffman
Trammell
Walker
 

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My list:

Jeff Bagwell
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Ken Griffey Jr.
Jeff Kent
Edgar Martinez
Gary Sheffield
Mike Piazza
Tim Raines
Alan Trammell
 

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My ballot

Bagwell
Bonds
Clemens
Griffey
Edgar Martinez
Moose
Piazza
Raines
Trammell
Schill

I think Walker belongs and Kent is borderline, but obviously can only vote for ten.
 

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The new rules for the BBWAA ballot winnowed the rolls by about 125 voters, a Hall official said. While 625 ballots were sent out last year, about 475 were put in the mail on Monday.
This part is huge news. Culling ~150 voters out should help a bunch of players who've been close but not close enough, particularly so if they kicked out the right people. Among those "right people" would be the legacy voters who haven't been actively writing about the game in years, if not decades (and clearly no longer pay attention to the game), as well as the jackasses who vote for the Darin Erstads and Jacque Jones of the world instead of an actual worthy candidate. Could be a big difference maker for guys like Raines, Piazza, Bagwell, Trammell, and Martinez.
 

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I guess the only sure thing is Griffey although Piazza looks to be close to a lock

Here's hoping Edgar takes a big stride upward in the voting.
 

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Depending on how they did the culling of voters, it could also be a boost for Clemens, Bonds, McGwire etc... if some of the older, more "traditional" voters who would not vote for the roid users (who upset the records of their childhood heroes) have been purged. It will be too damn late for McGwire, but maybe not the others...

My ballot would have:

Griffey
Piazza
Raines
Schilling
Martinez
Trammell
Bagwell
 

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Depending on how they did the culling of voters, it could also be a boost for Clemens, Bonds, McGwire etc... if some of the older, more "traditional" voters who would not vote for the roid users (who upset the records of their childhood heroes) have been purged. It will be too damn late for McGwire, but maybe not the others.
From the story linked in the opening post

In the past, all members of the BBWAA with more than 10 consecutive years of membership received a ballot. Under the new rules passed in July by the Hall's board of directors, members who have not actively been a member of the BBWAA for 10 years must apply every year for their ballot. The Hall then determines by the number of games an applicant covered in the previous season whether to issue a ballot.
 

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My ballot:

Bagwell
Bonds
Clemens
Griffey Jr.
Mussina
Martinez
Piazza
Raines
Schilling
Trammell

Maybe Trevor Hoffman and Larry Walker next year.
 

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Griffey Jr. a unanimous pick? How about the list of guys who were not but deserved that distinction. And fuck whoever didn't vote for Greg Maddux.

http://mlb.nbcsports.com/2013/10/02/why-hasnt-there-been-a-unanimous-hall-of-famer-and-20-players-who-should-have-been/
The problem, at least for the last few years, has been the 10-player maximum on each ballot. A few sportswriters openly didnt vote for Maddux, RJ, and/or Pedro because they knew they would get enough votes to be well over the 75% mark, but instead used the extra slots on their ballot to vote for someone else they felt deserving (Schilling, Mussina, etc). I don t have any issues with a sportswriter doing this, especially given the stupid 10 vote max rule. It just sucks for someone like Maddix when looking at their overall vote percentage.
 

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My votes would be:

Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Ken Griffey Jr.
Trevor Hoffman
Edgar Martinez
Mike Piazza
Tim Raines
Curt Schilling

I'm not a Mussina fan. Or Trammell. I'm sentimental for McGriff, but I don't really think he's a Hall guy. I'm generally a fan of slightly fewer in the hall than slightly more. But I'm also of the opinion that a Hall without Bonds/Clemens just looks foolish.
 

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I'm sure someone has noticed this and wrote about it, but the ballot tracker data shows that in the last 2 years, those who were elected and those who could be considered well-liked by sabermetrically inclined folks received a lower percentage of votes from the non-publicized ballots. Not just some of them, mind you, all of them. Note, I only included those who received >40% of the vote in either of the last 2 years.
Here is 2015's list:
Player - Public vote% - Private vote%
Bagwell - 60.49% - 48.64%
Biggio - 86.02% - 77.73%
Bonds - 39.21% - 33.18%
Randy Johnson - 99.09% - 94.55%
Pedro - 98.18% - 80.45%
Piazza - 75.08% - 62.27%
Raines - 60.18% - 47.27%
Schilling - 45.29% - 30.00%
Smoltz - 87.84% - 75.45%

A similar list can be made from the 2014 ballot.

Note that the values on the right are the Private Vote %, or the % of votes received from non-publicized ballots. I determined this from the public vote % and total vote % in the tracker. To put this in context, with Pedro as an example, Pedro received 323 of 329 public votes and 500 total votes. Thus, Pedro received 177 out of 220 non-public votes, or 80.45%. In other words, 6 out of 329 public ballots left Pedro off, but 43 of 220 private ballots left Pedro off.

Piazza is another interesting example. You needed 412 votes to reach 75%, Piazza was 28 short. If you do the math, the private ballots were 28 votes shy of 75%.

Some players received more votes from the non-publicized ballots in 2015, the ones who improved the most were:
Player - Public vote% - Private vote%
Nomar - 2.43% - 10%
Delgado - 2.13% - 6.36%
Mattingly - 6.69% - 12.73%
Lee Smith - 24.92% - 38.18%
Larry Walker - 8.51% - 16.82%

Overall, the decreased rate of selections for some players by private ballot voters is not offset by an increased for other players, leading to a net overall loss of votes (about 156 fewer overall HoF selections in 2015 than if both groups voted at rates similar to the public ballots)

I don't know what this means. Does the public ballot make people more sensible? Or does it make people vote along with the crowd, while the private ballot allows people to vote without worry of backlash, and thus more honestly? And does it even matter? The only one on this list who's questionable is Piazza, and he's barely in with the public ballots.
 

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I count at least 16 for which a strong case can be made if i have to leave off deserving players, then it would be the cheaters for sure and elevate those getting close to final year on ballot. That will continue to hurt bonds and clemens, unfairly lump in Piazza and Bagwell, maybe boost trammell
 

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The ballot itself is always educational to me about certain players' careers. Mike Sweeney and Mike Hampton were really playing baseball in 2010? Randy Winn? Jason Kendall?
 

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Jeff Bagwell
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Ken Griffey Jr.
Trevor Hoffman
Edgar Martinez
Mike Piazza
Tim Raines
Curt Schilling
Lee Smith

Came down to Schilling and Mussina for me (and probably Trammell) but I can get to 10 without making too many, for me, hard decisions.
 

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Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Ken Griffey Jr.
Mike Piazza
Tim Raines

My ballot does not care about PEDs, alleged or proven. It also does not care to let in X because Y got in; that shit is silly. It doesn't include closers, or starting pitchers with one flaw on their resume, or DHs, or general number inflation guys.
 

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Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Ken Griffey Jr.
Mike Piazza
Tim Raines

My ballot does not care about PEDs, alleged or proven. It also does not care to let in X because Y got in; that shit is silly. It doesn't include closers, or starting pitchers with one flaw on their resume, or DHs, or general number inflation guys.
what is a 'general number inflation guy'?

I'm confused because if you are NOT considering steroids, wouldn't Mark McGwire, Jeff Bagwell and maybe Gary Sheffield (despite real or imagined horrifying fielding numbers) make your ballot?

or maybe even Sammy Sosa - or is he or Rafael Palmeiro your idea of a 'general number inflation'?

seems to me you are splitting the baby wherever you choose to - if you don't consider steroids - at least 3 or 4 of the above 5 guys should be on your ballot - of course Raffy is off the ballot already.

Myself - I'm not voting for who I consider blatent hard core users where there is so much smoke and/or fire it is obvious they used steroids for substantial portions of their career, and IMO, it excessively altered their performance so my list is as follows - in order of preference

Griffey
Edgar
Raines
Schilling
Bagwell
Piazza
Mussina
Trammell
 

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VERY early in the ballot tracking, Griffey, Piazza, Bagwell and Hoffman are at 75% or above
 

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Jeff Bagwell
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Ken Griffey Jr.
Trevor Hoffman

Jeff Kent
Edgar Martinez
Mike Piazza
Tim Raines
Curt Schilling
 

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Why all the Trevor Hoffman love? He racked up a huge amount of saves, but saves are a meaningless stat. And why Hoffman over Lee Smith or Billy Wagner?

Hoffman: 1089.1 IP, 141 ERA+, 601 SVs, 28.0 bWAR.
Wagner: 903 IP, 187 ERA+, 422 SVs, 27.7 bWAR.
Smith: 1289.1 IP, 132 ERA+, 478 SVs, 29.4 bWAR.

They all had similar careers -- Wagner was the most effective but threw fewer innings, Smith was least effective but threw more innings, Hoffman was in between, and as result their WARs are almost identical. Is there any reason besides getting to 600 saves (which matters ... how, exactly?) to vote for Hoffman over the others? Personally, I wouldn't vote for any of them (I wouldn't vote for any modern reliever except Rivera), but I think if you pick one to be consistent you kind of have to pick all three.
 

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Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Ken Griffey Jr.
Mike Piazza
Tim Raines

My ballot does not care about PEDs, alleged or proven. It also does not care to let in X because Y got in; that shit is silly. It doesn't include closers, or starting pitchers with one flaw on their resume, or DHs, or general number inflation guys.
Be interesting to see your ballot when Mariano becomes eligible. Same with Ortiz. And did you include Pedro last year? After all, his resume was highly flawed when you consider his win total. Of course, it's your theoretical ballot, so you can obviously put anything you want on it. Just don't assume your reasons are any less arbitrary than any others.

Jeff Bagwell - I'll ignore the rumors and old posts from EV
Ken Griffey Jr. - Obvious
Edgar Martinez - It's time DH's get some love. Because Papi...
Fred McGriff - I like them under the radar guys.
Mike Mussina - See below.
Mike Piazza - Honestly a great hitting catcher in his prime.
Tim Raines - Probably the biggest injustice so far.
Gary Sheffield - See McGriff
Alan Trammell* - He's waited long enough, so why not.
Larry Walker - In that McGriff/Sheffield category. I'm not crushed if these guys don't get in either.

Toughest ommissions:

Clemens - Because he had a HoF career before the PEDs
Bonds - Ditto. Unfortunately, both were absolute cocks about the topic.
Schilling - About as close as you can get to Mussina. I'll give this one another year, as I'm limiting myself to 10.

Yes, I'm ignoring the closers as well. But that will change when Mariano comes due. And hopefully Kimbrel as well....
 

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what is a 'general number inflation guy'?

I'm confused because if you are NOT considering steroids, wouldn't Mark McGwire, Jeff Bagwell and maybe Gary Sheffield (despite real or imagined horrifying fielding numbers) make your ballot?

or maybe even Sammy Sosa - or is he or Rafael Palmeiro your idea of a 'general number inflation'?

seems to me you are splitting the baby wherever you choose to - if you don't consider steroids - at least 3 or 4 of the above 5 guys should be on your ballot - of course Raffy is off the ballot already.
The Steroid Era resulted in (general) counting stats inflating by some %. None of the guys you name are better - IMO - than Hack Wilson or Chuck Klein or some of the guys who posted big numbers in the late 20s/early 30s. These players weren't "greater" than guys who played through the late 60s/early70s, even if their numbers were (generally) inflated. So...no McGwire (who is Dave Kingman 2.0), or Bagwell or Sheffield or Palmeiro or Sosa.

Be interesting to see your ballot when Mariano becomes eligible. Same with Ortiz. And did you include Pedro last year? After all, his resume was highly flawed when you consider his win total. Of course, it's your theoretical ballot, so you can obviously put anything you want on it. Just don't assume your reasons are any less arbitrary than any others.
First, Pedro is God and hell yes I voted for God. What are you, some sort of heathen?

Second, no on Rivera because closers participate in so little actual baseball. No Large Fathers either; I've explained elsewhere why I think David Ortiz is the most important player in Red Sox history and not a Cooperstown honoree.

Third...yeah, no duh. I think it's pretty well assumed that everyone here has arbitrary criteria and that no one (lacking an actual HOF) has reasons any less or more arbitrary than anyone else's. Your shit stinks as much as mine, dude.
 

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Deserving of getting in...
Jeff Bagwell
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Ken Griffey Jr.
Trevor Hoffman

Jeff Kent
Edgar Martinez
Mark McGwire*
Mike Mussina
Mike Piazza
Tim Raines
Curt Schilling
Lee Smith
Sammy Sosa

Will probably get in this year
Ken Griffey
Mike Piazza
Trevor Hoffman

Should be close/might get in
Jeff Bagwell
 

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Tough ballot this year.

Jeff Bagwell
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Ken Griffey Jr
Edgar Martinez
Mike Mussina
Mike Piazza
Tim Raines
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield

I know it's Trammel's last year but I can't justify him over anyone on this list.

I'm not using steroids as a blanket no but in cases that are borderline where there is reasonable suspicion it's enough for me to use one of the ten votes on someone else. It's far from perfect but it's hard enough to get down to ten.

And my thinking has evolved on McGriff from last year. Same with Mussina and Schilling. I can't vote for one without the other and not feel like my Red Sox colored glasses are on.

Plus... a Schilling enshrinement speech would be must see TV.
 

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Jeff Bagwell
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Ken Griffey Jr.
Jeff Kent
Edgar Martinez
Mark McGwire*
Mike Piazza
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa


Boy, that's tough to narrow down to 10. Had to make some tough cuts.
 

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The Steroid Era resulted in (general) counting stats inflating by some %. None of the guys you name are better - IMO - than Hack Wilson or Chuck Klein or some of the guys who posted big numbers in the late 20s/early 30s. These players weren't "greater" than guys who played through the late 60s/early70s, even if their numbers were (generally) inflated. So...no McGwire (who is Dave Kingman 2.0), or Bagwell or Sheffield or Palmeiro or Sosa.
You realize there are methods for adjusting stats for era/park, right? Because the park/era-adjusted stats say that McGwire was a heck of a lot better than Dave Kingman, largely because McGwire, in addition to having great power, had great strike-zone command and walked a lot, while Kingman did not. McGwire led the league in walks and OBP twice each, had a career OBP of .394 and a career OPS+ of 163. Kingman had a career OBP of .302 and an OPS+ of 115. They were not remotely the same player.

Similarly, Bagwell was way better than Wilson or Klein. Klein's numbers were inflated by playing in the Baker Bowl, the Coors Field of its day, while Bagwell's were depressed by playing in the Astrodome, one of the worst hitting stadiums ever. Wilson and Klein also both had much shorter careers. Bagwell has better era-adjusted rate stats, plus about 2300 more PAs than Klein and 4000 more PAs than Wilson. Wilson would have been an HoFer if he had sustained his level for another 6-7 seasons like Bagwell did, but he didn't.

I'm guessing then that you do not trust era adjustments? Why not?
 

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My "Ballot":

Jeff Bagwell
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Ken Griffey Jr.
Mike Piazza
Tim Raines
Curt Schilling
Sammy Sosa
Alan Trammell
Larry Walker

Will deal with the closers and Mussina and Edgah next year.
 

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Still very early on the tracker. Some notes:

Junior has yet to have someone leave him off a ballot.
Nomar has one vote, as do Garrett Anderson and Jim Edmonds.
Hoffman out-polling Wagner, 18-2
Edgar Martinez leads as far as getting new votes from those who didn't previously vote for him
 

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Be interesting to see your ballot when Mariano becomes eligible. Same with Ortiz. And did you include Pedro last year? After all, his resume was highly flawed when you consider his win total. Of course, it's your theoretical ballot, so you can obviously put anything you want on it. Just don't assume your reasons are any less arbitrary than any others.

Jeff Bagwell - I'll ignore the rumors and old posts from EV
Ken Griffey Jr. - Obvious
Edgar Martinez - It's time DH's get some love. Because Papi...
Fred McGriff - I like them under the radar guys.
Mike Mussina - See below.
Mike Piazza - Honestly a great hitting catcher in his prime.
Tim Raines - Probably the biggest injustice so far.
Gary Sheffield - See McGriff
Alan Trammell* - He's waited long enough, so why not.
Larry Walker - In that McGriff/Sheffield category. I'm not crushed if these guys don't get in either.

Toughest ommissions:

Clemens - Because he had a HoF career before the PEDs
Bonds - Ditto. Unfortunately, both were absolute cocks about the topic.
Schilling - About as close as you can get to Mussina. I'll give this one another year, as I'm limiting myself to 10.

Yes, I'm ignoring the closers as well. But that will change when Mariano comes due. And hopefully Kimbrel as well....
How do you leave out Bonds and Clemens because steroids but then vote for Sheffield?
 

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How do you leave out Bonds and Clemens because steroids but then vote for Sheffield?
One of two reasons; I'll let you pick which of the below is correct:

1.) I mentioned that Bonds and Clemens were tough omissions, but that they were both pretty much total a-holes about the entire issue. Also, Sheffield may get bumped off the ballot, and he seems too good to have that happen to him this early in his candidacy, PED issues notwithstanding.

2.) I was attempting to be even more arbitrary than everyone else (including SF121) when it came to picking my 10 names.
 

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What?
Jeff Bagwell
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Ken Griffey Jr.
Trevor Hoffman

Edgar Martinez
Mark McGwire
Mike Piazza
Tim Raines
Alan Trammell
 

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One of two reasons; I'll let you pick which of the below is correct:

1.) I mentioned that Bonds and Clemens were tough omissions, but that they were both pretty much total a-holes about the entire issue. Also, Sheffield may get bumped off the ballot, and he seems too good to have that happen to him this early in his candidacy, PED issues notwithstanding.

2.) I was attempting to be even more arbitrary than everyone else (including SF121) when it came to picking my 10 names.
OK, I agree with the bolded, at least enough to see why you would make such choice. I think a lot of guys fall off too soon (Lou Whitaker and Palmeiro to name two off the top of my head). I don't particularly care about the other guys being a-holes, though. Sheffield wasn't exactly a sweetheart during his career and for my arbitrary imaginary ballot, I don't really care about the player's personality (though I know it is something the writers actually voting take into account, usually personal bias from when they were covering them).

Jeff Bagwell
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Ken Griffey Jr.
Edgar Martinez
Mark McGwire
Mike Piazza
Tim Raines
Sammy Sosa
Alan Trammell
 

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Not sure I get voting for Schilling and not Mussina - Schilling's overall career was a little better, but not that much better.

I'd go Bagwell, Bonds, Clemens, Griffey, Martinez, Mussina, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, Trammell, but I also considered Walker, McGwire, and Sheffield for the last spot over Trammell.
 

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Garret Anderson
Brad Ausmus
Luis Castillo
David Eckstein
Mark Grudzielanek
Mike Hampton
Jason Kendall
Mike Lowell
Mike Sweeney
Randy Winn

Oh, wait, I thought we were voting on the 10 guys that have no business being on the ballot.

Here's my voting list. Sorry Edgar Martinez, you just missed the ballot.

Jeff Bagwell
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Ken Griffey Jr.
Mark McGwire*
Mike Piazza
Tim Raines
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield
Alan Trammell*
 

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Tim Raines cracks the 75% threshold in the early public votes.
 

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Right around 10% of total ballots being reported

Ken Griffey Jr is still perfect
Piazza at 93.2%
Bagwell at 86.4%
Raines at 75%

Hoffman at 72.7

Then it drops to Schilling (who leads in votes lost from last year, btw) at 52 and change. Mussina, Bonds and Clemens are right around 50 as well.

When you consider the guys who get the most votes, it appears that the public vote runs higher than the overall vote -- so Raines, for instance, might not be at the threshold overall. It also appears that "counting stats" players can do a shade better with the non-public ballots (note Lee Smith's numbers), so Hoffman might be doing better with that type of voter.

Still a long way to go

Meanwhile, as we consider Griffey's eventual percentage, a look at the "leaders" historically:

Ty Cob was left off the fewest ballots, Tom Seaver had the highest percentage, and Greg Maddox received the most total votes

http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Hall_of_Fame_Voting_Percentages
 
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We've hit the 100 public ballot mark, roughly 22% and change of the 450 or so ballots sent out this year.

Griffey still a perfect 100%

Piazza at 90%, Bagwell at 84% and Raines at 81%. All three saw a 3-5% drop from public ballot totals to overall totals a year ago; so, while Piazza looks safe, the other two might be closer to the margin than they are nbow

Hoffman's support has really dropped. He's down to 62% Even though it's possible that older, traditional, non-public voters could still rise his total at the end, it doesn't look like a first-year election for him

Schilling (59%), Mussina (56%) and Edgar Martinez (53%) are the only others breaking the midway mark. Bonds and Clemens are at 48% -- with each getting their support from the exact same 48 voters
 

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We're past the 25% mark now.

Junior still perfect.
We have our first voter to pick Bonds and not Clemens.

The big three beyond Griffey -- Piazza, Bagwell and Raines -- are at an interesting stage of the vote. Their non-public votes last year ran 12-13% below their public votes, which knocked down their overall total 5-7%. If that trend holds -- and with the much lower overall ballots distributed this year, it's possible that it won't -- Pizza would appear safe, with Bagwell just north of the borderline and Raines just below it.
 

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Does anyone have any background on why they permit anonymous voting (there are 8 anonymous voters listed at the bottom of the tracker)?

In any case, I would say these guys make it this year:

  • Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • Mike Piazza
With crossed fingers for:
  • Jeff Bagwell (although not likely)
  • Trevor Hoffman (a decent chance)
  • Tim Raines (although not likely)
And, as if anyone cares, CHB voted for Griffey, Raines, Schilling, and Trammell
 

E5 Yaz

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Does anyone have any background on why they permit anonymous voting (there are 8 anonymous voters listed at the bottom of the tracker)?
It's not anonymous voters. It's voters who will give their ballot to this vote tracker on the condition that their names not get used.
 

Bowlerman9

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Ah...now I see. I always thought the writers' names were public. But, "not get used"...[until the final votes are in, at which time all names and ballots are public].
The bold part, as I think you are saying, isnt true.

The full list of people who were sent a ballot will be revealed. The vote totals will be revealed. The writers who choose to make their ballot public will be revealed. But the full list of voters who actually voted, along with their ballots, is never made public.