The MLB Network will announce the results of the Baseball Writers Association of America ballot results for the Baseball Hall of Fame at 11 a.m. today, but in the meantime, take into account how the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America has declared through its voting members that Randy Johnson (with 98.24 percent of the vote), Pedro Martinez (95.15), John Smoltz (82.82), Jeff Bagwell (81.94) and Tim Raines (79.30) have cut the mustard.
UPDATE: Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in today’s announcement, touting the fact that it was the first time in 60 that the writers elected four players on one ballot. Bagwell and Raines came up short.
Like the BBWAA, a 75 percent threshold is required for election by the IBWAA.
Curt Schilling finished in sixth place (65.65), and, as far as those under PED dissection, it was followed closely by Roger Clemens (64.76) and Barry Bonds (63.44). Clemens had 56.65 percent a year ago, while Bonds had 57.52 percent in 2014. Barry Larkin and Mike Mussina each received 64.32 percent to finish ahead of Bonds.
There are 338 members in the IBWAA, and 227 voted in this election, both essentially doubling last year’s totals. The BBWAA had 571 ballots cast in 2014 (including one blank). Members have to be in good standing with that group for at least 10 years consecutively to get a vote.
Per a group decision in January, 2014, the IBWAA allows members to vote for 15 players, instead of the previous 10, beginning with this election. With their first opportunity to do so, 136 members voted for more than 10 candidates. Fifty-two members voted for 15 players. The average vote per member was 11.084.
The 2015 IBWAA Hall of Fame ballot compared identically to the BBWAA ballot, with the following exceptions:
= Biggio’s name did not appear on the IBWAA ballot because he was elected by the group in 2014.
= Mike Piazza’s name did not appear on the IBWAA ballot because he was elected by the group in 2013.
= Larkin’s name did appear on the ballot because he has not reached the 75% threshold in an IBWAA election. The BBWAA voted Larkin into the Hall of Fame in 2012.
A Q-and-A with IBWAA chairman Howard Cole on how the balloting by the organization (full disclosure: I am a member) at this link on Yahoo.com.