Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. Voted into Hall of FameCristina Cantor (Author) Published Date : Jan 07, 2016 23:59 IST
Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr., two of baseball s most prolific sluggers during the 1990s, on Wednesday were elected into the baseball s Hall of Fame.
Griffey, who hit 630 homers, was on ballot of 99.3% of the overall votes setting a new record with only 3 sports writers keeping him of the ballot.
Piazza hit 396 home runs that set a new record for catchers. He was elected with 83% on his fourth attempt.
Griffey was named on 437 out of the overall 440 ballots eclipsing the record set by Tom Seaver for the highest voting percentage for any player elected by sports writers.
Candidates must have 75% of the vote to gain entrance to the Hall and are able to be on the ballot for a period of 10 years, as long as they maintain a minimum of 5% of the vote.
Griffey Jr. said he was truly honored by being elected to the Hall and the highest percentage ever did not matter to him, as long as he was elected into the Hall.
Both inductees hinted about what caps would be worn for their plaques: a Seattle Mariners for Griffey and Mets for Piazza.
When enshrined, Griffey Jr. will be the first player representing the Mariners having played and starred for the club between 1989 and 1999.
Piazza, who was with the Mets from the 1998 season through the 2005 season, would become the second Mets players following Seaver to be enshrined.
Piazza played his first 6 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, before playing five games with Seattle before being traded to the Mets.
Piazza, when drafted, was the 1,390th pick in the draft and becomes the lowest draft pick to reach the Hall of Fame. There was some speculation that he might not reach the Hall due to rumors he used performance-enhancing drugs, but there was never any credible evidence he actually did use PEDs.
Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. Voted into Hall of Fame