2016 Hall of Fame Election
The results of the in the 2016 Hall of Fame Election were announced on January 6, 2016. Two players were elected by the BBWAA, Ken Griffey, Jr. and Mike Piazza, with Griffey receiving the highest percentage of votes ever. The results of the Veterans Committee vote were announced on December 7, 2015 during the annual Winter Meetings; for the second straight year, the Veterans Committee failed to elect anyone.
Eligible members of the Baseball Writers Association of America voted on a ballot comprising holdover candidates from the 2015 Hall of Fame Election and players who played their last major league game in 2010. The number of eligible voters was cut from about 600 to 450 by eliminating members who had not been active in baseball for ten or more years.
Ken Griffey, Jr. led all candidates by having his name on 437 of 440 ballots, or 99.3% of the total, making him a first-ballot Hall of Famer. It was the highest percentage of votes ever, beating the 98.84% received by Tom Seaver in the 1992 election. Mike Piazza joined Griffey on his fourth try, receiving 365 votes (83%), with 75% required for election. Three other players came close to the required total, being named on at least two-thirds of ballots, but fell shy of 75%: Jeff Bagwell at 71.6%; Tim Raines jumped to 69.8% in his penultimate year of eligibility; and Trevor Hoffman at 67.3% in his first try.
The so-called steroids-tainted players, principally Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens moved up in comparison to their exceptionally poor vote totals in previous years, but both remained below 50%, at 44.2% and 45.3% respectively. However, some observers saw this upward trend, combined with the election of Piazza, who had been linked to steroids in the past albeit only by innuendo, as a sign that voters may be starting to reconsider their blanket rejection of players tainted by steroid use.
|Player||Votes||Percentage||Year on the Ballot||Result|
|Ken Griffey Jr.||437||99.3||1st||ELECTED|
The Veterans Committee, consisting of 16 members, voted on players and officials from the pre-integration era (through 1946). The ballot consisted of ten candidates: Doc Adams, Sam Breadon, Bill Dahlen, Wes Ferrell, Garry Herrmann, Marty Marion, Frank McCormick, Harry Stovey, Chris von der Ahe and Bucky Walters. For the second straight year, the Committee was unable to elect a candidate, as Adams, who received the most votes, still fell two votes short of election.
The Committee was composed of four Hall of Famers (Bert Blyleven, Bobby Cox, Pat Gillick and Phil Niekro), four current executives (Chuck Armstrong, Bill DeWitt Jr., Gary Hughes and Tal Smith) and eight veteran media members or historians (Steve Hirdt, Peter Morris, Jack O'Connell, Claire Smith, Tim Sullivan, T.R. Sullivan, Gary Thorne and Tim Wendel).
|Chris von der Ahe||<3||--|
The 2016 Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place on July 24th in Cooperstown, NY. A crowd estimated at 50,000, the second largest in Cooperstown history, was present. Both elected players were emotional, fighting back tears, but Griffey ended his speech on a lighter note, turning his Hall of Fame cap backwards to remind everyone that he was the one who started the fashion trend that was briefly ubiquitous in the 1990s.
- Associated Press: "Griffey elected to Hall with highest percentage, Piazza in", USA Today Sports, January 6, 2016. 
- Barry M. Bloom: "Reduction in HOF voters may have big impact", mlb.com, January 4, 2016. 
- Barry M. Bloom: "For Griffey and Piazza, both roads led to Cooperstown: No. 1 Draft pick, 62nd-rounder ready to be inducted into Hall of Fame", mlb.com, July 23, 2016. 
- Barry M. Bloom: "Hall-time greats: Piazza, Griffey enshrined: Inductees praise family, fans on emotional day in front of second-largest Cooperstown crowd", mlb.com, July 24, 2016. 
- AJ Cassavell: "Forecasting the 2016 Hall of Fame announcement: Griffey a lock; Piazza, Bagwell and Raines looking for a boost", mlb.com, December 25, 2015. 
- Alyson Footer: "Hall of Fame induction weekend FAQ: Jam-packed schedule of events on tap for celebration in Cooperstown", mlb.com, July 23, 2016. 
- Gabe Lacques: "Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines just miss on Hall of Fame; Bonds, Clemens languish", USA Today Sports, January 7, 2016. 
- Bob Nightengale: "Hall of Fame's odd couple: Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza", USA Today Sports, July 24, 2016. 
- Bob Nightengale: "Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza deliver emotional Hall of Fame speeches", USA Today Sports, July 25, 2016. 
- Jorge L. Ortiz: "All 10 Hall of Fame veteran candidates fall short", USA Today Sports, December 7, 2015. 
- Chad Thornburg: "Fame of the game: Griffey on cusp, others on edge", mlb.com, January 6, 2015. 
- Article on the 2016 Ballot
- Presentation of the Veterans Committee ballot at the Hall of Fame website