OK, seamheads and others who enjoy baseball, this one’s for you.
The 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees are due to be announced at 2 p.m. ET.
Two guys, Atlanta Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, look like shoo-ins. The sleuths at BaseballThinkFactory.org, have gotten about 1/3 of the 580 or so voters (members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America) to reveal their hall of fame choices. As of Wednesday morning:
– 99.5 percent said they had voted for Maddux.
– 95.4 percent said they had voted for Glavine (who spent part of his career with the New York Mets).
– 89.7 percent said they had voted for former Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas (who had short stints with Oakland and Toronto).
– 78.4 percent said they had voted for former Craig Biggio, who spent his career with the Houston Astros.
To make it into the hall, a retired player name must be checked on at least 75 percent of the writers’ ballots. Writers may vote for up to 10 players. There are 36 names on this year’s ballot. You can read more about the rules here.
None of the others on this year’s list had more than 75 percent of the votes in BaseballThinkFactory’s early results. Those who were at least above the 50 percent line: catcher Mike Piazza, who gained his fame with the New York Mets; pitcher Jack Morris, who spent most of his career in Detroit; Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell; and fleet-footed outfielder Tim Raines.
Once again, none of the former superstars who have been associated with stories about performance enhancing substances — Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa — were getting close to 50 percent of the votes.
Last year, no player was voted in — a result seen as something of a protest by the baseball writers about how the game was tainted during the so-called steroids era. Biggio came closest. His name was chosen on 68.2 percent of the ballots. Morris’ name was ticked on 67.7 percent. This is his last year of eligibility. If he isn’t voted in now, the only way Morris can become an inductee is if he’s chosen at some later date by the hall’s Veterans Committee.
No one, not even Babe Ruth, has ever been a unanimous choice by the writers. We’ve trimmed the list of names for a question about who Two-Way readers would put into the hall.