Griffey Jr., Piazza inducted into 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame

Michael Hebb, Sports Editor

The Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed two new members yesterday with Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza taking over 75% of the votes.

Griffey, however, received the highest percentage of votes ever at 99.3%, and only 3 of 440 voters did not put his name on their ballot. The previous record was held Tom Seaver when he received 425 of 430 votes in 1992. This was Griffey’s first year being eligible for the Hall of Fame.

Ken Griffey Jr. was an outfielder for the Seattle Mariners, mainly, and he had a career full of strong power numbers and impressive fielding numbers. Griffey also hit over 600 homeruns over his career, a rare feat for MLB players.

Mike Piazza, on the other hand, fell short last year by 28 votes in his third time appearing on the ballot. However, his fourth time around he was able to finally make the Hall of Fame, receiving 365 of 440 votes (82.9%).

Both players proved throughout their careers that they deserved Hall of Fame credentials, and hopefully next year more players of the same caliber will be inducted.

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