The Baseball Writers Assn. of America announces its 2016 electees to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday (3 p.m. PST on
The Los Angeles Times has a policy that forbids its writers from voting for awards, but as the election results are unveiled, here are three things to watch:
1. Could Griffey become the first player unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame?
Griffey has been picked on every ballot revealed publicly — about 37% of the electorate as of Tuesday afternoon — and tracked by Ryan Thibodaux at @NotMrTibbs. The Hall of Fame revoked voting rights of about 100 writers, none of whom had actively covered baseball within the last decade. That group generally is believed more likely to include voters skeptical about electing any candidate on the first ballot. The closest to a unanimous election so far: Tom Seaver, who received 98.84% of the vote in 1992. Babe Ruth got 95% of the vote in the first election in 1936 — good for induction but second behind Ty Cobb (98.23%). Bonus note on Griffey: he'll be the first player selected as the first overall draft pick to be elected to the Hall of Fame.
2. Are Barry Bonds and
Bonds, the all-time home run leader, was selected most valuable player a record seven times. Clemens won a record seven
3. What other candidacies are worth watching?
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