Hall of Stats Welcomes Ivan Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, and Vladimir Guerrero

Jan 19, 2017 by Adam Darowski

The results are in and Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan Rodriguez have been inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame. I whole-heartedly agree with all three choices. Bagwell and Raines were named on 86% of ballots (technically 86.2% for Bagwell) while Rodriguez just cleared the bar at 76%.

Trevor Hoffman fell just two votes shy, all but ensuring induction next year. He should be joined by Vladimir Guerrero, who fell 15 votes shy. They will be joined by thirteen more returning candidates.

Of course, Bagwell and Raines were already members of the Hall of Stats. Their inductions cleared the path for Guerrero and Manny Ramirez, who both had Hall Ratings over 100 but missed induction.

The ten-vote limit per ballot almost certainly cost Hoffman election this year. Despite the fact that the BBWAA is inducting multiple players per year now (since 2013’s shutout), the crowded ballot is getting worse.

Will it get better next year?

No. No, it will not.

Hitting the ballot next year:

Add those nine players to fourteen holdovers and… ugh. Sixteen players will have a Hall Rating above 100.

Let me start banging the drum now: Go Larry Walker!

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